Course Descriptions are Alphabetical

 

The ABCs & 123s of Creating a Bully-Free Classroom: Effective & Practical Methods for Establishing & Maintaining a Safe Classroom Environment K-12 


This course is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills to establish a safe and constructive learning environment. In order to deliver effective curriculum, an educator must first create an environment that fosters safety and a willingness to take academic risks. Particular attention is given to designing and organizing a safe and nurturing classroom. Candidates will cover the major components of a bully-free classroom, including developing philosophy and objectives and assessing needs. Emphasis will be given to defining bullying and developing practical strategies to reduce or eliminate bullying, as well as evaluating your anti-bullying interventions. Candidates will demonstrate competencies through writing various reflection papers and by receiving feedback regarding their writings and by giving feedback to others. The focus of the assignments will include the understanding of a variety of anti-bullying interventions and strategies, assessments, resources applications and legal implications.


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 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.

Aspen and Aspen Gradebook for Elementary School Teachers


Many school systems are adopting the Aspen data system. In this course you will learn the basics of using Aspen for student record and Aspen Grade book for recording, averaging and posting grades.

 

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 of the Web for Science, Math, Social Studies & Special Education


The focus of this course is the use of technology and the internet in the curriculum and in the classroom. Students will learn how to extend teaching styles and to engage the full range of students learning styles. Students will explore the use of the internet and technology for student inquiry, communication, data analysis, creative expression, and demonstration of mastery across all subject areas.

 

Best of the Web for Science, Math, Social Studies, Physical Education, Music, Special Education, & Foreign Languages Part 2


This course helps teachers to learn how to integrate the internet into their daily lessons. This course introduces teachers to innovative websites that will enhance their daily lessons to promote learning for the 21st century.Candidates will create ready to use lessons, quizzes, and rubrics. By investigating these web sites, teachers will learn how to use the internet to make lessons more exciting to their students. This class will enhance any classroom curriculum and impact students learning and motivation.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 Library of Educational Videos to Enhance Curriculum


This research-based course has been designed to engage participants to take part in creating an educational library of videos that can be accessed over the internet to enhance curriculum. It is more of a guided discovery approach to learning than a traditional step by step approach. There will be many “learning by doing” exercises. This course allows instruction to take place any time, offering learners the ability to control the pace and flow.


Creative Hands-On Science & Technology Curriculum Development K-8


This course is designed to provide participants with grade level specific, knowledge and skills of the curriculum development process for Science and Technology. The design of this course morphs or changes to the needs of the students. The class is focused on researching science and technology lessons and creating rigorous units. Candidates will review the new standards, participate in science lessons, discover incredible web resources, utilize a student response system, and ultimately create units for their own classrooms.  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 all students. The Massachusetts Frameworks and MCAS resources are utilized in appropriate class projects.

 

Creative Hands-On Science, Math, Social Studies, ELA & Special Education Curriculum PreK-6

 

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills of the curriculum development process as well as an awareness of societal demands on the curriculum.   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 hands-on 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 and integrating the arts.

 

Designing & Implementing Learning Bags for a Home & School Connection in Math, Science & Reading PreK-6


This course is designed for the classroom teacher to make connections with the child's home life and to help the parent meet the individual learning needs of his/her child. This course will help to create stronger home/school connections. Learning bags provide interactive activities in reading, math, and science. Each bag is standards-based and designed with specific themes. The content in the bags will provide parents all the materials they need to encourage and have a meaningful learning experience with the child. Parents will also be given the opportunity to express how they interacted with the materials. They will gain an insight into their child's skills and enthusiasm towards a particular subject. The content in the bags allow the child to see the value of what he/ she learns in school because the learning is applied at home.

 

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 Pathways To Learning With Instructional Materials for a Home /School Connection

 

Participants in this course will understand the importance for creating instructional materials for a home/school connection. Each participant will be required to research current curriculum standards and produce a certain number of instructional activities that will foster learning at home, in content areas, as well as promote family literacy and enhance family together time.

 

 

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.


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.


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.


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.


Enhancing Learning With Online Games For All Content Areas K-6

 

This course was developed from neurological data that will allow students to enhance their instructional materials by adding online games into the curriculum. This covers a diverse learning population ranging from students with severe disabilities to regular classroom children. These games may also be used as a way of connecting to the home. It is a is a strategy to motivate the student and is directly related to positive behavior and individualized instruction. This course will focus on using online games as an opportunity to promote learning, develop inquiry, and allow for development of problem solving skills in a fun and non threatening environment. All games will be connected to the Common Core.


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.


Executive Functioning Skills – Helping Students Plan, Organize, Self-Regulate & Sustain Attention

The focus of this course is to develop an understanding of Executive Functioning skills and the integral part these skills play in students’ success, both in and out of school. Executive Functioning skills are involved in higher-order cognitive processes that are necessary for students to meet the demands of academic and social situations. At the end of this course, students will be able to identify a variety of Executive Functioning skills that students’ need to be successful in school. Students will be able to assess their students’ strengths and weaknesses as individuals, and as a whole class. Students will be able to differentiate EF skills from other cognitive skills. By learning about a variety of strategies to improve EF skills, students will have more resources available to guide their students to become more successful, independent learners. This course is aligned to 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.

 

 

Fostering Successful Learners Through Science and Technology For All Special Education and General Elementary Education Teachers K-6

 

This course will provide educators with research-based, creative strategies and activities to enhance learning in the areas of science and technology.  This course will benefit the special educator and the elementary generalist.  Learning can and should be fun.  This course will provide an opportunity for educators to apply these strategies to their everyday teaching.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Hands-On Science Experiments For  Inquisitive Science Minds


This is an introductory course in General Science. The course is designed for elementary teachers striving to make science more exciting, stimulating and meaningful. There will be more than 20 hands-on experiments that can be incorporated into the classroom that will encourage students to ask why, explore and learn that not all experiments work the first time. Participants will explore many hands-on activities and experiments that use many household materials. These activities can be left in a science center in the classroom for the students to explore on their own. These activities can be used immediately.

 

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.

 

Incorporating Another Dimension Into Teaching to Enhance Instruction K-6


This course provides a variety of hands-on experiences where technology is used as a tool to support individualized learning and another dimension to the classroom. Students will integrate Ted Talks, Kahn Academy and Motivational Quotes into their curriculum. Students will be able to develop skills through a deeper level of learning, take more responsibility for their learning and think critically about various topics.

 

Incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards into the Curriculum by Grade Level K-6


This course examines the Next Generation Science Standards by grade level. Many hands-on, rigorous science lessons and experiments will be researched to support the NGSS. This course will provide an opportunity for educators to apply their research and new curriculum to their everyday teaching. Through the in-depth readings, research, and supplementary resources, teachers will explore ways to implement these standards and this innovative new mode of teaching science into their classrooms.


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 Education Learning Centers for All Content Areas PK-5


This course has been designed to engage participants to take part in understanding the

importance of creating well-designed learning centers for the classroom that will

enhance and meet the needs of individual learners. Participants will learn tips and strategies on

how to create an environment that is well-organized, stimulating, and comfortable for the

student.

 

Integrating Technology to Create Innovative Lessons for all Content Areas
 

This course allows teachers to expand their knowledge using the internet to enhance student learning. Teachers will use the internet as a research tool to develop and create innovative lessons. This course is intended to better prepare teachers to assist their students with the use of technology, and make teachers more knowledgeable in their implementation of technology in their classroom. This course will allow students to explore the applications and integration of technology tools in the instructional setting. Collaborative environments, electronic assessment tools and authoring tools will be applied to enhance the interactive learning process of K-12 teaching and learning. This course will focus on empowering educators with technology skills to enhance teaching and learning. Educators will utilize “hands-on” experiences in combination with online technologies, state framework alignment, and student learning strategies to develop and enhance lessons based on current units of study.

 

Integrating Virtual Field Trips Across The Curriculum


This course will enable participants to use the internet as a resource to enhance learning by integrating "virtual field trips" for their students. Participants will become familiar with resources that enable them to design virtual field trips. Emphasis is on providing innovative hands-on experiences for students. This course will provide interdisciplinary lessons, which each teacher has the opportunity to connect to the classroom.

 

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.

 

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-5 


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.

 

Maximizing Student Success - Engaging Parents for a Successful Partnership Between School & Home K-12                                               

In this course teachers will research how to foster parent relationships, while creating a rigorous curriculum. This course gives teachers the opportunity to research, design and implement strategies to foster parent involvement. Participants will develop strategies to ensure student success by building positive relationships with families. Candidates will learn to integrate lessons across the curriculum as well. This course is aligned to 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.


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.

 

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.

 

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.
 

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.

 

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.   

STEM - Engineering is for Everyone


The focus of this course is to provide students with opportunities to apply the design process of invention and innovation and create rigorous lessons that will incorporate problem-solving, design technology and engineering activities. Teachers will learn how to foster a learning environment in which students are guided to produce original ideas, objects, and structures according to certain specifications using concepts and skills from science, technology, engineering, and math. This course is aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

 

Strategies for Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Full Inclusion Classroom


This course is designed to provide educators with an understanding of the challenges and strategies associated with supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), focusing primarily on the two most prevalent:  High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The course covers: an overview of the different ASD forms, a description of  typical behaviors associated with ASD, a review of modifications and accommodations to successfully integrate and support students with ASD, and an in depth look at the unique perspectives, deficits, and strengths of students in this population.  Emphasis is on providing the educator with tools and knowledge for servicing the learners with ASD. This course is beneficial for school nurses because it reinforces the full inclusive school community for all staff members and teaches behavior modifications to integrate the total school community.

 

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

 

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.


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)


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 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.

 

Understanding Speech, Language, & Hearing Disorders in Children PreK to Grade 6

 

This course will provide educators and school nurses with an overview of communication development and disorders.  Neurotypical language development will be discussed in addition to the various speech, language, and hearing disorders often exhibited by students in the early elementary and elementary classroom.  Commonly used assessment instruments will be examined to help the classroom teacher better understand speech-language evaluations and reports.  This course will explore the accommodations and modifications often necessary to facilitate academic achievement for children with various communication disorders.

 

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.