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.

 

Best Practices in Health, Physical Education, Family Consumer Science and Science

This course is designed for the secondary health, physical education, family consumer science and science teacher to make connections and collaborate with colleagues.  This course will examine and discuss a variety of best practices and professional resources to expand curriculum.  Participant will design and share units/lessons for the improvement of teaching and learning; create a portfolio highlighting lessons to implement in the upcoming school year.  Students will leave with a variety of projects/activities to use in their classrooms.   

 

Blended Learning: Digital & Traditional Instruction for all Content Areas

Blended learning combines both digital and traditional instruction to provide teachers with multiple ways to address student needs, differentiate instruction, and provide teachers with the data necessary to drive instructional decision-making.  Personalized learning through a blended classroom offers students the agency to complete work that is adapted to their pace and learning styles.

 

Bring your Lessons to Life: Photo Editing Tools for your Creative Classroom

This class will give candidates an opportunity to learn photo editing tools using a program that can be downloaded free from the internet. Participants will learn all the tools to edit their own pictures and will also learn how to create and manipulate photos, text, and drawings.  After having learned the tools, teachers will be able to develop lesson plans and or visual aids, signs, centers, or anything that will make for a more creative classroom. Teachers will also be able to create technology enhanced activities using these photo editing tools allowing development of lessons that will engage students of all ages.

 

Bringing Literacy to Life! Designing Literacy Centers & Activities for Grades K-6 

This course will provide students with the research behind the importance of kinesthetic learning. It will provide students with an introduction to Words You Can See, Lively Letters, Handwriting Without Tears, The Phonics Dance and many more. It will allow students to share their own classroom success stories. Students will prepare multi-sensory lessons to integrate into their current reading and writing programs.

 

Building Character Traits Through Social & Emotional Learning Grades PreK-8

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.


Building Character Traits Through Social Emotional Learning Part II                                        
This course will continue the work from Part I which is a prerequisite.
The course is designed for educators to explore the dimensions of character traits and the connection between academic and social and emotional learning. It is aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks. Participants will examine various theories and practices of Character Education and identify Social and Emotional Programs and Anti-Bullying Programs that can be integrated into a safe, caring and cooperative classroom and school environment. Topics include bullying, harassment, cyber-bullying, diversity, conflict resolution, problem-solving, divorce, 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 social and emotional controversial 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.

 

Bully Beware! Preventing Bullying in the Classroom by Building Personal Power & Self-Esteem
This course is designed to help teachers identify bullying effectively, take the necessary steps, and proactively create an anti-bullying environment that helps reduce student anxiety and pain. Successful completion of this course will enable a teacher to improve his/her ability to help eliminate the social and emotional barriers to learning that so many students confront as a result of bullying. This course is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.
 

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device! Integrating iPads, Kindles, iPods & Cell Phones into the Classroom

Bring Your Own Device gives all students and opportunity to bring their favorite tech gadget to school. Students can show what they know and be assigned to build a lesson plan around a topic covered in class using their favorite app. This course will cover strategies and ideas and issues and how to implement a BYOD day in your classroom. BYOD engages all learners and creates excitement, creativity and innovation in your class.

 

Children’s Literature in the Classroom K-12

This course explores guidelines for evaluating children's literature; understanding and selecting literature that recognizes the different development need of all school children; examining the changing world of children's books; helping children make literature connections to their own lives; developing literature reading program for the students, and studying the works of selected authors and illustrators.  This course is applicable to all grade levels.

 

Classroom Management Techniques for K-12

Teachers will learn techniques that they can use in the classroom that will help them achieve effective group management and control.  Teachers will learn a variety of techniques including focusing, monitoring, modeling, non-verbal cueing, intervention and environment control.  Students will understand the underlying principles of Assertive and Positive Discipline and how to integrate these principles into their classroom management plan.  Teachers will learn how their classroom management techniques will support their classroom rules.

 

Code It! – Intro to Teaching Coding & Programming Using Scratch Grades K-12
This course is designed to provide participates with the background knowledge and skills to plan, create and implement computer programming projects into the K-12 classroom using Scratch code. Scratch is a popular free program that follows a straightforward visual code to program games, stories and animations. Candidates will be exposed to a variety of ways to teach and assess coding to students. The class will also teach important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas when using Scratch code. A focus will be on preparing candidates so they may properly run coding lessons with their specific grade level. Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects which include developing various technology lessons aligned with grade specific curriculum and standards.  The Massachusetts Frameworks are utilized in appropriate class projects.

Collecting, Collaborating and Connecting with Pinterest in the Classroom

Researching projects, assessments and lessons can result in an endless Internet search. Pinterest provides an efficient visual search of open ended possibilities. Students will explore Pinterest for creative projects ideas to implement in their classroom. Pinterest’s user friendly, visual appeal exposes all subjects to new content in a fun and revealing scroll. Collecting, collaborating and connecting content and students using Pinterest will strengthen your subject and lead to new ideas to refresh your classroom.


Cooperative & Collaborative Learning: Fostering Powerful Learning through the Synthesis of Ideas for Science, Math, Social Studies, ELA, Phys. Ed., Music, Art, Special Ed., Health & Foreign Languages
Any software that can be used to ‘group’ students virtually benefits today's digitally connected students. The benefit of cooperative learning is to have students continue conversations outside of the classroom using collaborative websites. The process of sharing and supporting each other helps facilitate learning by virtually extending the walls of the classroom.  A virtual workspace students can use to collaborate allows all types of learners to engage, collaborate and learn using any Internet connected device. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

 

Creating a Google Classroom for all Content Areas K-12

This course is designed to provide participates with the knowledge and skills to create an online class portal.  Google Classroom is a powerful tool that can offer students a blended learning environment.  Candidates will be exposed with ways to excite learning through engaging assignments using a digital format.  They will also be shown how easily they can differentiate assignments, view students work, link instructional videos and encourage class wide projects and collaboration with shared documents.  A focus will be on preparing candidates so they may conduct effective, standards based, engaging lessons as well as properly assess student learning.  Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects which include developing various Math, ELA & Technology lessons aligned with grade specific curriculum and standards.  The Massachusetts Frameworks are utilized in appropriate class projects.

 

Creating a Classroom Portal Using Google Sites for all Content Areas   

Creating a classroom portal using Google Sites will enable teachers to link their classroom to the always on, digital world. Students will research portal websites and will be provided with the ability to extend the classroom by posting current research, nonfiction readings, twentieth century links, research information and rigorous assignments. Google Sites support complete integration with Google Drive, providing classroom information anytime, anywhere.

 

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.


Cultivating a Dyslexia-Friendly Classroom Grades 1-12

Up to 20% of the population has dyslexia. In October of 2018 Massachusetts passed legislation requiring screening for dyslexia in schools. Students in this course will unravel myths related to dyslexia and create a plan to cultivate a dyslexia friendly classroom. Course content includes a dyslexia simulation, the definition, symptoms, and consequences of dyslexia, treatment for dyslexia in tier 1 and tier 2 across all grades, and information on supporting students and families.


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 Civic Awareness through Service Learning K-12

Empower your students to get engaged in their community, by blending research and learning with community service.  Service learning provides students with opportunities to develop civic awareness and can build critical leadership and communication skills necessary for success in their education and beyond through the development of service projects that address real community needs.  By working with community members and solving real issues, students can enhance their research, communication, critical thinking, organizational, and problem solving skills.  They also can gain important experience working with diverse members of their communities. This type of learning can be adapted for all ages and levels of students, make connections to any discipline, and take advantage of students' individual interests and skills.  In this graduate course, teachers will be introduced to the principles and benefits of service learning, how to align service projects with learning goals and objectives, tips on setting student goals and objectives, strategies for project planning and management, effective assessment tools, varied reflection techniques, steps to develop community partnerships and resources.  Students are expected to create a comprehensive lesson plan to incorporate service learning into their curriculum.

 

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.

 

Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers

Every teacher needs to “plugin” to our 21st century learners. Students are entering classrooms with skills that teachers are not aware of or haven’t even heard about. Harnessing the power of 21stcentury digital skills will enable teachers to get the most out of student’s technology skills, improving learning and teaching. This course will add skills to keep up with tech savvy students

 

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

Digital story telling is a short, first person audio/video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds. Digital storytelling gives a voice to every type of student learning style. Students will learn how to harness the power of digital media to create captivating digital stories. Students will create lesson plans that will be relevant and useful in their classroom.


Discovery with Digital Breakouts to Create Dynamic Interactive Learning Experiences for all Content Areas

Digital Breakouts combine the power of Google Sites and Google Forms to make dynamic interactive learning experiences. Digital breakouts are an engaging tool to empower students to research, think and analyze any classroom topic through a series of logic keys. Trial and error and logic and analysis guide students through a series of questions. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

Ditch the Textbook & Teach Like a Pirate! Engaging Students Across the Curriculum K-6
This course explores ways in which instructors can employ practical strategies to engage their students across the curriculum.  Regardless of the grade level taught, students will learn how to bring their passions into the classroom to engage their students to create memorable learning experiences.  This course is applicable to grades K-8.  It will address pedagogy across the curriculum according to the Massachusetts State Frameworks and the Common Cores. 


Dynamic Learning Environments - Using Technology to Engage Students K-12

This course focuses on the integration of technology and emerging web applications into all curriculum areas to create dynamic learning environments that will engage students. Participants will learn about technology tools to enhance and facilitate learning in the classroom and to help students become digitally aware in the 21st century. Participants will learn to seamlessly infuse technology for collaboration, communication, and critical and creative thinking.  The use of global collaborative web technologies will be explored. This course is aligned with 2016 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for students. This course is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.


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 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.


Engage with Literacy in the Digital Age

This course is designed to enhance your teacher toolbox with usable ideas to engage students in your literacy instruction by incorporating technology. We will focus on free applications such as Google Apps like Google Forms, Google Docs, and Google Slides with PearDeck; Assessment with applications such as Kahoot! and Quizizz, Plickers, and FlipGrid;  Differentiated instruction with applications such as 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 class is aligned to the Massachusetts State frameworks.


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.


Enhance Learning by Differentiating with Technology K-12     

This course is designed to examine the many aspects of differentiated instruction and learning.  Participants will explore creative teaching strategies and assessments that will meet the needs of diverse learners. Participants will learn to incorporate technology tools and resources that engage students in their own learning and to implement differentiated instructional methods based on their students’ learning styles and multiple intelligences.  The effective use of traditional technology and Web 2.0 tools for collaboration, communication, and critical and creative thinking will be investigated.  This course will supply educators with the tools necessary to meet their students’ diverse, digital, and global learning needs.


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.


Everything I Need to Know I learned from Brothers Grimm - An Exploration of Fairy Tales Across Cultures and Curriculum         

This course is designed to delve into the history of fairy tales from folklore to modern adaptations.  Students will develop skills of literary analysis and close reading by participating in an instructive atmosphere that enables deeper discussions of the themes and meanings of commonly known fairy tales.  Students will also look at the multicultural and psychoanalytical implications of fairy tales as told through various mediums. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

 

The Flipped Classroom for Science, Math, History, ELA, Foreign Languages

Flipping the classroom allows both students and teachers to be more productive using technology tools that ‘talk’ to students. Flipping the class lets students watch and review classroom lessons both before and after class. The flipping model frees up teaching time to introduce new material or review concepts that were viewed and reviewed prior to class. Flipping gives students another opportunity to view a lesson on their own time and pace.

 

Foundations of Literacy – Implementing Hands-On Activities to Promote Literacy
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. 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%.  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 practices, 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! This course is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

Foundations of Reading: Master & Plan Curriculum for the Five Areas of Reading Instruction! Grades K-6 

Candidates will master and plan curriculum for the five areas of reading; alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. Candidates will research, plan, prepare and present a variety of strategies for teaching the five components of reading instruction.

 

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.


Going Digital with Bloom’s Taxonomy for All Disciplines Across the Curriculum
For more than half a century, education has been guided by Bloom’s Taxonomy to help structure the learning process. Teachers everywhere are familiar with creating experiences for students that help them remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and create. With the recent infusion of technology into classrooms, teachers have questions as to how to effectively use technology to meet the objectives framed by Bloom’s Taxonomy. In this course, participants will learn how to apply Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy to their current instructional practices, and they will also find ways to use technology to meet objectives. The focus of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy is to use technology as a tool to meet objectives more efficiently and effectively. This course is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.


Google Classroom for Secondary Health, Physical Education, Family Consumer Science & Science Teachers

This course is designed for the secondary health, physical education, family consumer science and science teachers. This course will expose participants to effective ways of using Google classroom with their students. Participants will share lessons and assessments on Google docs for the improvement of teaching and learning. 

 

Google Forms – Creating Assessments for Your Google Classroom K-12 

This course is designed to provide participates with the knowledge and skills to create, implement and assess using Google Forms within Google Classroom. Candidates will be exposed to a variety of ways to assess students in the classroom.  Google Forms are intuitive, flexible, can be easily differentiated and can be used informally for formally for assessments.  Candidates will learn how to create a wide range of assessments including multiple choice, short answer, open response, response to videos as well as quick surveys. A focus will be on preparing candidates so they may properly assess student learning.  Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects which include developing various math lessons aligned with grade specific curriculum and standards.  The Massachusetts Frameworks are utilized in appropriate class projects.


Google It! All the Benefits of Google for Teachers

This class is designed for anyone who would like an opportunity to further explore the wide variety of tools offered through Google. After signing up for a Google email, students will have access to all the features and tools Google offers. The tools will give students a chance to research and become familiar and comfortable using Google personally and professionally.

 

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.


Guided Math in Action!  Aligning your Curriculum for a Guided Math Model for Grades K-6

This course is designed to provide participates with the knowledge and skills to develop and implement a guided math model into their K-6 classroom.  Candidates will learn how to help students build mathematical proficiency with standards-based, small group, differentiated instruction.   A focus will be on preparing students so they may conduct effective guided math lessons, scaffold learning in small groups and assess student learning.  Candidates will cover the entire process of implementing a guided math model from forming groups to completing assessments.  Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects which include developing various math centers aligned with grade specific curriculum and standards.  The Massachusetts Frameworks are utilized in appropriate class projects.

 

Hail to the Chief: Teaching Engaging Lessons Across the Curriculum with the U.S. Presidents by Your Side Grades K-6

Participants will gather a wide variety of ways that George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and their fellow U.S, Presidents can be welcomed into the elementary classroom.  They’ll discover that our country’s great leaders are the perfect inspiration for creating dynamic, hands-on lessons across the curriculum. Participants will learn how to turn John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address into a Readers Theater, explore crop rotation with George Washington, and create charts and graphs using presidential birthday data. As this is done, their students will be learning a valuable piece of American history in addition to the skills being targeted. Participants will research and design lessons that will engage even the most reluctant learners while following the Common Core Standards.


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.

 

Implementing STEM Across the Curriculum for grades K-8 Art, English, Foreign Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Special Education

This course is designed for teachers to explore the STEM principals and then learn how to embed them into their current curriculum.  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics can be placed in any lesson plan and this class will show teachers how to add them into new and already existing lesson plans without taking over the main lesson plan concept. Do you like the idea of teaching multiple common core standards while not losing your main concept of your lesson then this is the class for you?  This course will give teachers the opportunity to explore and discuss the engineering design process and real world problem solving skills to create more engaging and relevant lesson plans for students.


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.


Inside Out & Upside Down: An Introduction to the Flipped Classroom & Blended Learning

This course is an introduction to two different teaching styles that have been successful methods of instruction.  In this course, the ideas of the flipped and blended classrooms will be discussed, with a focus on how teachers can implement these unique styles into their own classrooms. This course is for the teacher who wants to dig in and give the flipped or blended methods a serious effort. Participants will be required to have a good working knowledge of internet search methods. Googledocs and Edmodo accounts will be used during the course. Individual and group work, as well as discussion questions online will help participants to create flipped/blended lesson plans. Topics covered will include research of flipped/blended results, sharing files, screen-casting, online accounts, offline students, apps, and online instruction.

 

Integrating Close Reading & Children’s Literature into Grades K-6

This course is introduction to Close Reading and a chance to choose rich text for children. Candidates will learn how to write text dependent questions and how to integrate them into their classroom and reading program. Students will learn the ideas and strategies for fostering a love for literature. Students will incorporate a love for children’s literature and methods for engaging students in the reading process.


Integrating Social Emotional Learning with Academics Grades K-8
The Social Emotional Learning (SEL) framework integrates powerfully with student-centered learning practices. SEL is strength-based and offers developmentally informed guidance about the social, emotional, and academic competencies that educated students should master. SEL values students’ thoughts, feelings, and voice, highlighting that students can contribute positively to their schools and communities. SEL involves personalization of education and engaging pedagogies and relevant curricula that offers opportunities for deeper learning and connection to the world beyond school. Creating a positive school culture and climate, and using authentic assessments that evaluate and inform teaching and learning, are core elements of quality SEL programming.  This course is designed to provide teachers the skills to effectively plan and put into practice lessons and units of study that integrate SEL into an academic program. Teachers will understand how to develop students’ self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making skills. At the same time, these competencies will be developed through the integration of both content standards and standards of practice.  Teachers will begin with exploring and developing their own core beliefs related to social/emotional learning. Teachers will then create a learning plan that supports students with reaching those beliefs. With a strong connection between SEL skills and SEL teaching practices, the learning plan will focus educators on developing and implementing student-centered discipline, positive teacher language, responsibility and choice, warmth and support, cooperative learning, classroom discussions, self-assessment and self-reflection, balanced instruction, and competence building.  In addition, the learning plan will be grounded in quality authentic assessment that not only measures mastery of content but also measures mastery of performance. We will explore how data collected from authentic assessments can and should be used to determine what levels of social/emotional intervention are needed for students. 


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.


Intro to iPads in the Classroom

Students will learn how to harness the power of the iPad and iTunes for today’s digital classroom. Students will gain knowledge of the capabilities of the iPad for learning, including how to promote literacy, support second language learners, address diverse learners, motivate struggling students. Students will gain knowledge using the web, email, photos, videos and apps on their iPad. iPads can increases engagement, provide the ability to create media to share stories with visuals and sound.


Learning About the Learning-Disabled Child Grades K-5          

Today’s educators are challenged to meet the needs of diverse learners and students with learning disabilities in their classroom.  This course will provide practical ways you can help students handle the stress that comes with a disability.  The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge about the LD student as well as to teach students to develop coping strategies to enhance their teaching to meet the emotional needs of students today.  Participants will be expected to contribute to the class to further clarify their understanding of the concepts through collaborative simulated activities.  By the end of the course, teachers will have acquired the skills needed in their teaching practice to support diverse students in achieving ‘stress free’ success in the classroom.  This course is aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences - Helping Students Plan, Organize, Self-Regulate & Sustain Attention
The focus of this course is to develop an understanding of Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences and the integral part this knowledge plays in the success of students. Participants will assess their own Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences to deepen their understanding of how their styles impact their teaching and their students’ learning. Incorporating this knowledge into their teaching style will be emphasized. After reviewing their self-assessments, students’ will use this knowledge to improve their independent study habits and their overall success in school. At the end of this course participants will be able to select effective teaching strategies to optimize their students’ learning. At the end of the course participants will be able to use a variety of learning styles and multiple intelligences strategies to increase the level of students’ engagement and success in school. Students’ will to use their new knowledge to increase school success, improve study habits and increase their independence both in and out of school. This course is aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

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.

Literacy Centers! A Guide to Running the Daily 5 Café Model for Grades K-6 

This course is designed to provide participates with the knowledge and skills to develop and implement a Daily 5 Literacy Center model into their K-6 classroom.  Candidates will learn how to help students build comprehension and with standards-based, small group, differentiated instruction.   A focus will be on preparing students so they may conduct effective Daily 5 Literacy lessons, scaffold learning in small groups and assess student learning.  Candidates will cover the entire process of implementing a Daily 5 Literacy model from forming groups to completing assessments.  Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects which include developing various ELA centers aligned with grade specific curriculum and standards. The Massachusetts Frameworks are utilized in appropriate class projects.

 

Literature Circles in the Elementary Classroom

This course examines current research on literature circles and the inarguable positive impact they have on readers of all levels in the primary grades.  Participants will explore how literature circles impact student motivation, compassion, critical thinking and comprehension skills. Upon mastery of student roles, participants will plan, launch, and effectively manage literature circles, and develop an assessment rubric to assess student growth. 


Live Binders – A Web Tool for Teachers (Formerly Leveraging Digital Media To Enhance Curriculum)

This course is for any teacher, at any grade level, who promotes differentiated, individualized instruction. Each participant will be given the opportunity to research and upload materials from the internet, and create a binder of educational resources that can be used at any time allowing students to explore and learn.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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.

 

Math Materials, Manipulatives & Movement – Designing Classroom Curriculum

This course is designed to provide participates with the knowledge and skills to develop and implement a hands-on, engaging and active approach to writing math lessons. Particular attention is given to designing and organizing curriculum and selecting teaching strategies which effectively create a learning environment that meets the diverse needs of students. Candidates design, develop and create standards based, grade specific lessons to use in the classroom. An emphasis is given to the use of materials, movement breaks and manipulatives. Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects. The Massachusetts Frameworks are utilized in appropriate class projects.

 

Math Running Records - Assessing Fact Fluency

This course is designed to provide participates with the knowledge and skills to use Math Running Records to assess students fact fluency. Math Running Records determine exactly where students are in their understanding of basic math facts and then outline the next steps towards comprehensive fluency. Participates will learn how to assess students thinking and move them toward becoming more confident and proficient math students as well as create a better number sense.  A focus will be placed on how to introduce, administer, interpret and evaluate running records.  Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects, which include developing various math lessons aligned with grade specific curriculum and standards.  The Massachusetts Frameworks are utilized in appropriate class projects. 

 

Math Talk! How to Foster Productive Math Discourse in the Elementary Classroom K-5

This course is designed to provide teachers with the tools and confidence to foster productive math discourse in the K-5 classroom. Teachers will participate in number talks and create number talks appropriate for their grade levels.  Additionally, teachers will create questions designed to encourage students towards productive discourse.

 

Math Workstations in Action! Aligning your Curriculum for a Guided Math Model
This course is designed to provide participates with the knowledge and skills to develop and implement a guided math model into their K-6 classroom.  Candidates will learn how to help students build mathematical proficiency with standards-based, small group, differentiated instruction.   A focus will be on preparing students so they may conduct effective guided math lessons, scaffold learning in small groups and assess student learning.  Candidates will cover the entire process of implementing a guided math model from forming groups to completing assessments.  Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects which include developing various math centers aligned with grade specific curriculum and standards.  The Massachusetts Frameworks are utilized in appropriate class projects.


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.


Mindful Journaling in the Classroom for all Content Areas K-12

This course will explore the many benefits and purposes of journal writing in the classroom. Educators will read current research articles that support the connection of journal writing and learning outcomes. Examples of different types of journal writing will be presented along with strategies for integrating this writing practice across all disciplines. Teachers will have the opportunity to create prompts and lesson plans to use in their current practice. This course is open to all educators who want to integrate more writing into their discipline, with less stress. This course is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.


Mining Web Content to Re-energize Your Curriculum for Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Phys. Ed., Art, Foreign Language, Guidance & Special Ed  - Formerly Inquiring, Involving, Inventing & Inspiring

Researching new projects, creating assessments and planning new lessons can result in endless internet searches. This course will inspire teachers to research and use exciting fresh content that can immediately be used in their own classroom. Students will research content for their own classrooms and create innovative lessons and assessments.

Students will use research and technology to enhance learning, improve motivation and engagement, increase accessibility, individualize instruction, and improve communication.


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.


My First Webpage for ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science and Foreign Languages

My First Webpage is designed for educators who want and need to take their time to make their very first webpage. Your first webpage will be planned and developed to the needs of your classroom. This course will introduce true beginners to the art of creating interesting, intelligent, usable, and well designed Web Sites This course will enable first time webpage users an opportunity to become comfortable with downloading images and sounds, uploading files and explore and understand the importance of all facets of creative effective website design.


No More Timed Tests: Supporting Students' Journey to Fact Fluency

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.

 

Notes in the Margin: Teaching Nonfiction Comprehension Strategies for Grades 3-12

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills of the Common Core Standards as they relate to literacy. It is designed for “educators who are eager to embrace the responsibilities of implementing the Common Core, who see schools as centers of professional study, and who believe that teaching well means engaging in the continual process of studying students and their work in order to strengthen teaching   and learning” (Calkins, Ehrenworth & Lehman, 2012, p.2) Particular attention is given to various reading strategies. Teacher will understand what is written and implied in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as related to English Language Arts in order to be able to join in the work of interpreting the standards and questioning others’ interpretations.  Teachers will use the CCSS to enhance and/or rejuvenate current literacy instruction as well as their work with colleagues and develop their own interpretations of the CCSS. 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 needs of students.  Candidates cover the major components of CCSS for ELA, including Text Complexity, Close Reading, Comprehension Strategy Instruction and Writing to Text. Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects, which include understanding a variety of teaching strategies, resources applications and assessments.  The Common Core State Standards are utilized in appropriate class projects.

 

Notes in the Margin: Teaching Fiction Comprehension Strategies for Grades 3-12

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills of the Common Core Standards as they relate to literacy. It is designed for “educators who are eager to embrace the responsibilities of implementing the Common Core, who see schools as centers of professional study, and who believe that teaching well means engaging in the continual process of studying students and their work in order to strengthen teaching   and learning” (Calkins, Ehrenworth & Lehman, 2012, p.2)  Particular attention is given to various reading strategies. Teacher will understand what is written and implied in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as related to English Language Arts in order to be able to join in the work of interpreting the standards and questioning others’ interpretations.  Teachers will use the CCSS to enhance and/or rejuvenate current literacy instruction as well as their work with colleagues and develop their own interpretations of the CCSS. 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 needs of students.  Candidates cover the major components of CCSS for ELA, including Text Complexity, Close Reading, Comprehension Strategy Instruction and Writing to Text. Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects, which include understanding a variety of teaching strategies, resources applications and assessments.  The Common Core State Standards are utilized in appropriate class projects.


Number Talks – Boosting Flexible Problem-Solving Skills for Grades K-12 

This course introduces educators to the theory, structure and model of Number Talks. It is designed to provide participates with the knowledge and skills to plan, create and successfully incorporate Number Talks into their math classroom.  Participates will also learn how to guide the discussion, assess and build mathematical proficiency in Number & Operations, Geometry, Algebra, Measurement, and Data Analysis & Probability.  A focus will be on preparing candidates so they may conduct effective, standards based, engaging lessons as well as properly assess student learning.  Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects which include developing various math lessons aligned with grade specific curriculum and standards.  The Massachusetts Frameworks are utilized in appropriate class projects.  

 

Online Photo Editing for Teachers Across the Content Areas

Online photo editing provides the opportunity to explore the feature rich free program Sumopaint – anywhere and anytime. Sumopaint is a full-featured online application for photo editing and painting. Sumopaint has many of the features of the industry standard photo-editing program Photoshop.  Cropping, drawing, photo manipulation, brushes, filters, layer styles and transformations will give photos a professional touch. Sumopaint will enable users to become comfortable with creating customized photos, worksheets, handouts and posters for the classroom. Images can be customized and inserted into Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, web pages and other applications.


Project-Based Learning for all Teachers & Specialists

The focus of this course will be to provide educators in grades k-5 with strategies, starting points and a virtual tool kit for developing units utilizing project-based learning. Participants will understand how to develop high quality lessons using project-based learning and realize the benefits of providing students with these rich learning opportunities.


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.

Psychology of Learning – Understanding Growth & Development to Create Positive Classroom Relationships for All Students Pre-K-12
This course explores human growth and development from birth to age 18. Various theoretical perspectives and specific developmental areas such as physical-motor, cognitive, language, social, and emotional development are covered. How children and youth develop as thinkers and learners, specifically how problems are solved at different points in development, is emphasized. In addition, candidates develop a clear understanding of the process of objective observation of children and youth, as well as observation and recording skills appropriate for investigation of various aspects of child development and behavior. Particular attention is given to exploring the relationship between developmental theory and knowledge and educational decisions and practice.

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.
 

Reading and Writing: Creative Strategies K-8 Online   

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.  New and innovative strategies and teaching ideas will be introduced for students to implement in their current classroom. This course is applicable to grades K-8. It will address language arts, specifically reading, writing, and oral language as primary areas of concern in the Massachusetts State Frameworks and the Common Core.

  

The Reading Workshop: Your Most Engaging Classroom Ever! K-12       
This course will help facilitate teachers’ understanding of the philosophy behind the Reading Workshop and the essential structures needed for successful implementation. Teachers will learn how to create an environment in their classrooms which allows students to spend an extended amount of time reading authentic texts on a daily basis and how to provide opportunities to talk about literature. Key understandings include: structure of the Reader’s Workshop Block, overview of Reader’s Workshop units with understanding of mini lessons, understanding of independent reading time-student and teacher roles, understanding of conferencing and note-taking during reader’s workshop, and assessment. This class is aligned to Massachusetts State Frameworks.
 

Renaissance to Rock: Integrating Music into the K-12 Classroom for Science, Math, Social Studies, ELA, ESL, Foreign Lang. & Special Ed. for Educators of all Musical Abilities
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills of how to integrate music into the curriculum for Science, Math, Social Studies, ELA, Reading, and Special Education K-12 classrooms regardless of musical ability or knowledge. Music is a special type of language because anyone can understand it. With its universal appeal, music can bring people together and help them understand each other as well as understand complicated ideas. Too often, children do not get a chance to experience music over the course of their school day. This course will teach students how to integrate music into their classroom practice and learn why it is important to integrate music into all content areas. Students will research and learn how music impacts social emotional learning and helps students achieve a greater state of concentration and complete the course with a toolbox of strategies and activities to bring to their classrooms. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

Restorative Practices in the Elementary Classroom: Promoting Student-Centered Remediation and Conflict Resolution

Within the context of restorative justice frameworks, course participants will learn about the school to prison pipeline and implications of zero tolerance policies in schools that push at-risk students into juvenile and criminal justice systems. Students will understand the ways in which restorative practices consider the needs of victims, offenders and school communities. Most importantly, participants will define the core principles of restorative practices and compare how they differ from traditional or punitive approaches; learn how to effectively build community; and teach and practice restorative skills by using restorative circles to set things right when there is conflict within the classroom or school community.


Routines for Positive Mathematical Mindsets

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.
 

Scaffolding & Differentiation in Read Aloud & English Language Arts Instruction

This course will center around using the practice of reading to children as means of more effectively delivering standards-based curriculum content.  Students will develop a scaffolded approach to differentiated language arts instruction, which is seamlessly woven across content areas.  Strategies and techniques which differentiate instruction and scaffold understanding of key concepts of literature within a classroom context will be emphasized.  Students demonstrate competencies by formulating and establishing techniques and activities which illustrate how scaffolded concepts and differentiated practices can be applied to classroom pedagogy.

 

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.


The Six Traits of Writing K-5

Students will explore and Increase student knowledge of trait based writing instruction.  They will discuss research and reasoning in support of this common language for discussing writing skills and guiding writing development in the classroom. Students will also develop trait -based lessons to integrate into their teaching across the curriculum.


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.


Social and Emotional Learning through Children’s Literature: A Guide for Teachers in Grades K-8
This course has been designed to provide the research and data behind the importance of providing a strong social and emotional education for students.  Students will be given the
opportunity to explore the research and data behind social-emotional learning in education and will be given the tools to create several lessons for their students using children’s literature and other programs.


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.


 
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. 

 

Stop Bullying! Apply the Principles of SEL to Bully Prevention and Improve School Culture
Stop Bullying! Apply the Principles of SEL to Bully Prevention and Improve School Culture is a hands-on course that provides teachers with strategies they can use to reduce the instances of bullying and promote the social and emotional growth of their students.  Beginning with a comprehensive review of bullying behaviors and related statistics, teachers will examine the nature of psychological, social, physical and electronic bullying, how and where these behaviors occur, and the impact they have on the targets. We will investigate the role bystanders play in bullying situations and discuss the factors that influence children who bully or are bullied.  We will continue with an overview of the principles of SEL and how they can be applied to bully prevention and improving school culture. Teachers will participate in activities that address important social components such as empathy, kindness, acceptance, teamwork and civic responsibility.  We will review strategies that will help children face challenges, make responsible decisions and form strong value systems.  Teachers will leave with a toolbox of ideas and great activities that they can immediately use in their classrooms. This course is aligned to Massachusetts State Frameworks.

 

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.

Subitizing, Unitizing & Organizing - Creating Math Activities for your Visual Learners

This course is designed to provide participates with the knowledge and skills to create successful activities for their visual math learners.  An emphasis will be put on subitizing and unitizing concepts, activities and collaborative class discussions.  A focus will be on preparing candidates so they may conduct effective, standards-based, engaging lessons as well as properly assess student learning.  Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects, which include developing various math lessons aligned with grade specific curriculum and standards.  The Massachusetts Frameworks are utilized in appropriate class projects. 

 

Teaching in the Cloud – Creating Technology-Centered Lessons

Students will learn how to create word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, portfolio, image, video, and web documents using online tools. Storing documents in the ‘Cloud’ frees up time and space by allowing the documents to be accessed anytime and anywhere using a web connected device.  Technology centered lessons increase student engagement and ‘speak’ to today’s tech savvy students. Projects will be created using free multimedia tools enabling all users access to the digital documents.

 

Teaching Teachers How to Teach to Generation Z – The Current Crop! K-12

Ever wonder what generation you are teaching to? The answer is Generation Z - a group of kids who were, “born with a chip.” They carry an arsenal of electronic devices with them. They are key ingredients in their world. Education is changing because of this generation and we as educators have to change with them. It is not about changing our curriculum, but it is altering our means to reaching the Net Generation. This course will teach you about who Generation Z is, why it is important to learn about them and strategies and implications for teaching this generation. Candidates will research and create curriculum that will spark the interest of students with short attention spans. Teachers will research and learn how to promote active learning and develop a student-centered learning environment

 

Teaching the Five Components of Reading through Hands-On Literacy Activities

This course will provide K-2 educators with practical activities to support the five components of reading.  Teachers will explore theory and make hands on materials that relate to building phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

 

Teaching Writing Task Strategies for Next Generation Tests

Now that the long composition is gone the new focus is on Narrative Writing tasks.  Learn how to effectively plan and teach this important new tool for learning.  Understand the integral parts of comparing and contrasting texts and giving your students an edge on next generation writing tasks

 

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.

Technology Tools & Resources for Improving Instruction for Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Special Ed, Phys Ed., Speech & Lang., Art, Guidance & Foreign Language

In this course students will be given access to several educational websites that will immediately get both teachers and students involved in technology-based projects. All grade levels of students struggle with the challenge of sign up, passwords, follow-up password and presentation of content. The “no registration required” sites reduce sign-up time, allowing students to be immediately engaged and using the technology. The web tools involve multiple skills including, research, collaboration, mind mapping, cooperative learning and presentation.


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.


The Facts Matter: Teaching Nonfiction Reading and Writing in the Primary Grades

This course explores techniques and strategies for using nonfiction texts in the classroom. Students will consider comprehension strategies that support reading to learn nonfiction and consider models of instruction that integrate nonfiction text across content areas. Students will also consider strategies that support primary grade expository writing including the use of mentor texts, author studies, and common core standards.

 

The Flipped Classroom for Science, Math, History, ELA, Foreign Languages

Flipping the classroom allows both students and teachers to be more productive using technology tools that ‘talk’ to students. Flipping the class lets students watch and review classroom lessons both before and after class. The flipping model frees up teaching time to introduce new material or review concepts that were viewed and reviewed prior to class. Flipping gives students another opportunity to view a lesson on their own time and pace.

 

The Reading Workshop: Your Most Engaging Classroom Ever! K-12       
This course will help facilitate teachers’ understanding of the philosophy behind the Reading Workshop and the essential structures needed for successful implementation. Teachers will learn how to create an environment in their classrooms which allows students to spend an extended amount of time reading authentic texts on a daily basis and how to provide opportunities to talk about literature. Key understandings include: structure of the Reader’s Workshop Block, overview of Reader’s Workshop units with understanding of mini lessons, understanding of independent reading time-student and teacher roles, understanding of conferencing and note-taking during reader’s workshop, and assessment. This class is aligned to Massachusetts State Frameworks.

Thinking Beyond the Textbook & Going Digital to Enhance Learning for Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Languages, Phys. Ed & Special Ed. For Grade K-12 

This course is designed for educators interested in moving beyond the textbook and creating a digital collection of materials to supplement the prescribed curriculum. Open educational resources are becoming more popular in large school districts looking to save money on textbooks. Teachers will have the opportunity to research, explore, and find open educational resources they can use in their own classroom and share with others.


Top 20 Software Tools for Your Classroom for Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Phys. Ed., Art, Foreign Language & Special Ed.

Top 20 Software Tools gives educators an opportunity to experiment with the most dynamic websites for their classroom. With so many websites on the web, teachers will research sites that work and sites that engage students. The Top 20 Software Tools are multi-sensory and provide an unlimited platform for teachers and students to explore and use as tools to display curriculum information. Find out what students are using at home and how they can leverage those tools in the classroom.

 

Top 20 Software Tools for Your Classroom for Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Phys. Ed., Art, Foreign Language & Special Ed. Part 2

Students will use software tools that will benefit any grade and any class. Exploration of new software tools will expand students’ tool box of software that can be used to design dynamic lessons that will engage all types of students and learning styles.


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 Games to Support Fluency and Conceptual Understanding in Math K-5

This course is designed to provide participates with resources and tools to implement games that teach and reinforce the MA Math standards in all domains.  Participants will learn about current research that proves the effectiveness of games as teaching tools in the elementary classroom, including ways to communicate with parents.  Additionally, he/she will catalog and create games appropriate for his/her grade level. Finally, participants will develop rubrics for assessing student learning with games.

 

Using Interactive Websites to Enhance Teaching Math, Science, Social Studies, English & Special Education

This course will examine interactive websites that will enrich student learning. Interactive websites engage students with multiple skills. Interactive websites will not just entertain students but engage all students in an interactive experience. Interactive sites have a purpose and provide a digital platform for students to learn, reason, provide feedback and results.

 

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.

 

Using Toys, Games and Puzzles to Create Child-Centered Lessons for All Content Areas PreK-6                                                                                                                  

In this course participants will be designing and organizing curriculum and selecting teaching strategies which effectively create a learning environment that meets the diverse needs of students. Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects which include understanding a variety of teaching strategies, resources applications and assessments.

 

Using a Core Reading Program to Teach Hands-On Literacy

This course will provide K-5 educators with the opportunity to learn more about the core reading program used in their schools.  They will create practical activities to support the five components of reading.  Teachers will explore theory and make hands on materials that relate to building phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

 

Using iMovie to Develop a 21st Century Curriculum

This course will explore iMovie and how the software can transform your class into a 21st century digital classroom. iMovie’s tools give students the ability to generate subject centered movies that transform a classroom into an exciting student engaged atmosphere. Creativity and innovation can turn any lesson into a digital lesson, transforming the classroom into an exciting place for everyone.

 

Using Lego Digital Design to Create Multi-Sensory Lessons

This course is designed to integrate digital Lego’s in any classroom. Lego Digtital Design (LDD) is a cross platform software tool that captures student’s imagination and creativity. LDD can be used in any classroom to design bridges, buildings, landmarks, houses objects that are discussed during class or simply as an effective way for students to be creative using a computer. For example, students in an English course could design a set design for a play they are reading, geometry could build geometric patterns, Social Studies build architectural replications from history. STEM based, LDD captures imagination and creativity for all learning styles. Designing lesson plans around Lego offers all types of learners a fun engaging multi-sensory experience.


What's with the "New" Math? Fostering Partnerships with Families
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to build positive relationships with families to support their child’s mathematical development. Candidates will review current research on effective communication with families.  Candidates will also research educational trends in mathematics so that they can effectively collaborate with families and clarify and misunderstanding about the Massachusetts Mathematics Content Framework.  Finally, candidates will design activities for a family math night.  This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks