Welcome to Siedow Teacher Education



(providing continuing education graduate level classes to educators since 1985)

Courses Do Not Require A Class Meeting.  All Course Materials Are Mailed.

Now accepting registrations for Spring 2017

Courses offer:

  • 3 semester(41/2 quarter credit) graduate credit courses offered by Colorado State University - Pueblo
  • Colorado State- Pueblo allows students to enroll in six courses per semester
  • Flexibility for busy schedules
  • No on-line, internet, or video requirements
  • Practical and relevant courses designed to improve learning
  • Work at your own pace, individually or with colleagues
  • Group discounts and discounts for multiple classes are available

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        Register for 2 or more courses and save $60 or more (pay $360 per course)

 When You Register With a Group of 9 or More Participants:
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Click here for the Fall/Spring 2016-17 course catalog in .PDF format including a form for mail-in registration.

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See below for course titles and descriptions.

Course #500 Educating Everybody’s Children: Strategies for Diverse Learners

This course is designed to promote reflection, discussion, and action among the entire learning community. The course will present what research has revealed about successfully addressing the needs of students from economically, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse groups and identifies a wide range of effective principles and instructional strategies. Although good teaching works well with all students, educators must develop an extensive repertoire of instructional tools to meet the varying needs of students from diverse backgrounds.

Course #501 The Key Elements of Classroom Management

This course will assist all educators in making real improvements in their classroom by concentrating on three critical areas: Managing time and space by helping teachers arrange the classroom, organize schedules, pace the year’s curriculum, and manage administrative tasks. Managing student behavior by focusing on preventing conflicts and disruptions, and by teaching students responsibility, self-management, and problem solving skills. Managing instructional strategies using research-based instructional methods, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of each. 

Course #502 How to Teach So Students Remember

This course will offer seven steps to increase your students’ capacity to receive information in immediate memory, act on it in working memory, store it in long term memory, and retrieve and manipulate it in unanticipated situations. By consciously teaching for memory, we can remediate some of these differences and help students gain confidence in their abilities so they will be better equipped to be successful learners. 

Course #503 Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom

This course will extend the benefits of differentiated teaching to virtually any kind of school situation and student population. This course will take you to the next level of differentiated curriculum and instruction which includes the five student needs at the heart of responsive teaching, the five teacher responses that engage more students in learning and promote achievement, six classroom elements that lay the groundwork for a differentiated classroom, and five characteristics of curriculum and instruction that help all students learn. 

Course #504 The Threads of Reading: Strategies For Literacy Development

This course will explain how students acquire the reading skills they need and offer a series of skill-building strategies and activities that teachers can use in the classroom. This course will also emphasize that helping students become lifelong readers is a task for all teachers, including content-area teachers in middle and high schools. 

Course #505 What Great Teachers Do Differently

In this course you will find pearls of wisdom, heartfelt advice, and inspiration on how to become an effective and motivated teacher leader. This course will guide you through the seventeen things that matter most in teaching. It will describe the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions of great teachers and what they do differently.

Course #506 Classroom Motivation: Engaging Students in Learning

In this course you will focus on basic strategies you can integrate into everyday instruction in every subject area and across grade levels. It will help you to motivate and engage students in the learning process. The examples in this course will help you to apply these strategies in your own classroom or school. 

Course #507 Classroom Instruction That Works With English Language Learners

More and more English language learners are included in mainstream classrooms. This course will ensure that you can help them understand academic content and develop their English language skills. The strategies in this course include homework and practice, summarization and note-taking, and nonlinguistic representations, among many others. For each strategy a summary of the research will be provided as well as detailed examples of how to modify the strategy for use with ELL’S in mainstream classrooms. 

Course #508 Discipline with Dignity

This course will detail an affirming approach to managing a classroom that promotes respect for self and others. The course offers practical solutions that emphasize relationship building, curriculum relevance, and academic success. The emphasis is on preventing problems by helping students to understand each other, work well together, and develop responsibility for their own actions. It will also include intervention strategies for handling common and severe problems in dignified ways. 

Course #509 Learning and Memory: The Brain in Action

This course will focus on what brain researchers are discovering about learning and memory and apply it to situations that educators face every day. This course discusses the five memory lanes and explains how they function in learning and memory. Practical suggestions and strategies for teaching and assessing are part of this course.

Course #510 Teaching Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom

In this course you will explore the eight intelligences of the mind.  The eight intelligences are linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalist. Resources in this course will help educators apply MI theory to curriculum, lesson planning, assessment, special education, cognitive skills educational technology, and much more. The dozens of practical tips and strategies will improve test scores and student discipline. 

Course #511 Great Performances: Creating Classroom Based Formative Assessments

Now you have a powerful means to closely align curriculum, instruction, and assessment to the standards essential for student success. This timely resource presents the big picture of an integrated, standards based instruction and assessment system, and offers guidelines for:  

  • Aligning school-based common formative assessments with district benchmarks and large scale summative assessments.
  • Predicting likely student performance on subsequent assessments in time to make instructional modifications.
  • Implementing and sustaining common formative assessments within the school’s or district culture.


Course #512 The Power of Professional Learning Communities

This course helps educators close the knowing-doing gap as they transform their classrooms and schools into professional learning communities. This course will help educators develop a common vocabulary and consistent understanding of key PLC concepts- Present a compelling argument that the implementation of PLC concepts will benefit students and educators alike-Help educators assess the current reality in their own schools and districts-Convince educators to take purposeful steps to develop their capacity to function as PLCs.

Course #513 Enhancing Professional Practice

Response to Intervention is a system for educational redesign based on a hierarchy of interventions which are implemented to meet the needs of students who demonstrate underachievement in core academic areas. This system for educational redesign aims to meet the needs of struggling students through a pyramid of interventions, collaborative team problem solving, data for monitoring student progress, and customized solutions that help every unique learner succeed.

Course #514 Personalizing the High School Experience for Each Student

This course explores six promising practices that are emerging in high schools:

  • Guided Personalized Learning
  • Personal Learning Plans
  • Personalized Teaching
  • Community-Based Learning
  • Personalized Assessment
  • Personalized School Systems

These six practices can improve learning for all students be engaging them in shaping their own high school experience. 

Course #515 Thriving as a Teacher Leader

This course is applicable to all teachers who assume or desire to assume a variety of leadership roles in their school or district. It will identify leadership qualities and team building, enhance communication and assist in earning respect, help you overcome obstacles and implement change, provide you with the skills to energize colleagues and strengthen morale, and improve student and teacher achievement. 

Course #516 Strategies for Classroom Inclusion

Many educators in classrooms feel unprepared to teach students with learning disabilities. Fortunately, brain research has confirmed that strategies benefitting learners with special challenges are suited for engaging and stimulating all learners. In this course you will explore how you can best help students by putting in place strategies, accommodations, and interventions that provide developmentally and academically appropriate challenges to suit the needs, gifts, and goals of each student. 

Course #517 Get Your Students to Work Harder Than You and Other Principles of Teaching

If it ever feels like teaching is just too much work, this course will help you develop a more fluid and automatic way to respond to students and deliver great teaching experiences every time. This course will help you develop a master teacher mindset. Find out where you are on your journey to becoming a master teacher, which steps you need to take to apply the principles of great teaching to your own practice, and how to advance to the next stage of your professional development.

Course #518 Strategies for the Writer’s Notebook Grades 3-8

A writer’s notebook is an essential springboard for the pieces that will later be crafted in a writer’s workshop. It is here that students brainstorm topics, play with leads and endings, tweak a new revision strategy, or test out a genre for the first time. This course will help you make writer’s notebooks an integral part of their writing program. This focused use of writers’ notebooks enhances and deepens literacy learning in both reading and writing. 

Course #519 Exemplary Practices for Math Teachers Grades 6-12

In this course mathematics teachers will be presented with a wealth of ideas designed to guide math teachers and provide interesting alternatives to familiar methods. Topics include:

  • Most effective instructional practices
  • The best uses of the textbook
  • Designing successful lessons
  • Creating homework that promotes learning
  • Incorporating challenge
  • Teaching reasoning and problem solving
  • Strategies for assessment and grading
  • Specific innovative ideas for teaching key concepts
  • Options for extracurricular activities
  • Long-term professional enrichment and growth


Course #520 The Challenge of Grading

Standards-based grading poses a variety of challenges for grading and reporting practices. This course examines critical issues in standards-based grading and provides specific suggestions for improving policies and practices at the school and classroom levels.

In this course you will examine traditional school practices that inhibit implementation of standards-based grading. You will address how teachers can assign fair and accurate grades to English language learners and students with special needs. You will examine legal issues related to grading and explore why report card grades and large-scale assessment scores may vary.

Course #521 Improving the Performance of Economically Disadvantaged Students

This course takes a look at how poverty hurts children, families, and communities across the country and how schools and educators can improve the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students. In this course you will explore what poverty is and how it affects students in your classroom and school- what drives change within classrooms, schools, and districts and within each child-effective strategies from those who have succeeded and ways to replicate those strategies-how to engage the resources necessary to make change happen.


Course #529 Student Mental Health  

This is a unique and necessary course for all educators who would like a comprehensive and valuable resource in identifying and responding to the mental health needs of the students in our classrooms and schools. This course will provide educators with the descriptions of mental health conditions so that educators may be successful in ensuring students get the support they need. 


Course #530 Close Reading: Teaching Students To Analyze Complex Texts  

This course is for all educators K-12. Students will learn the instructional approach of close reading skills. This means the kinds of questions to ask, the process, the support to provide, the assessment strategies, unlocking meaning, and developing the thinking, speaking, and writing skills necessary to be successful. 


Course #538 Dealing With Difficult Parents and With Parents in Difficult Situations 

This course will help teachers, principals, superintendents, and all educators develop a repertoire of tools and skills for comfortable and effective interaction with parents. It shows you how to deal with the parent who is bossy, volatile, argumentative, aggressive, or maybe the worst- apathetic. It provides specific phrases to use with parents to help you avoid using “trigger “ words which unintentionally make matters worse. It will show you how to deliver bad news to parents, how to build positive credibility to all types of parents, and how to foster the kind of parent involvement which leads to student success.


Course #684 Educating Oppositional and Defiant Students

Oppositional and defiant students present a major challenge for teachers and other educators. Students with serious behavior disorders can become aggressive, disruptive, and even violent. But instead of becoming frustrated with this antisocial behavior, educators need to approach each student individually with patience and understanding. In this course you will identify: 

  • The risk factors that can trigger antisocial behavior
  • Engineer the classroom or school environment, routines, and tasks to increase success
  • Interact in ways that promote positive behavior
  • Temporarily remove a disruptive student from the classroom while preserving the student’s dignity
  • Guide parents toward effective parent training programs
  • Develop a culture with the values and beliefs to nurture oppositional students


Course #792 Dimensions of Learning

In this course you will be provided with an instructional framework founded on the best of what researchers know about learning. These dimensions of thinking are essential to successful learning. These are:

  • Positive attitudes and perceptions about learning
  • Thinking involved in extending and refining knowledge
  • Thinking involved in acquiring and integrating knowledge
  • Thinking involved in using knowledge meaningfully
  • Developing productive habits of mind


Course #886 Teaching with the Brain in Mind

In this course educators will be provided with an orientation to the brain and its various systems and how they affect learning. The course will go on to explore such topics as motivation, critical thinking skills, and environmental factors like the social brain, emotions, and memory and recall. The course will also offer insights on such topics as:

  • The brain’s natural reward system
  • The link between movement and cognition
  • The impact of environmental factors
  • The value of feedback
  • Why stress impedes learning
  • The importance of prior knowledge and mental modes
  • How social interaction affects the brain
  • How to help students improve their ability to encode, maintain, and retrieve learning


Course #903 Classroom Instruction That Improves Student Learning

This course pulls from years of research, practice, and results to reanalyze and reevaluate the nine instructional strategies that have the most positive effects on teaching and learning: 

  • Setting objectives and providing feedback
  • Reinforcing effort and providing recognition
  • Cooperative learning
  • Cues, questions, and advance organizers
  • Nonlingusitic representations
  • Summarizing and note taking
  • Assigning homework and providing practice
  • Identifying similarities and differences
  • Generating and testing hypotheses

Each teaching strategy is supported with recommended classroom practices and information about using the strategy with today’s learners


Course #906 Classroom Management That Works For Educators

In this course educators will explore how classroom management affects student achievement, what techniques educators find most effective, and how schoolwide policies and practices set the tone for individual classroom management. You will be provided with a series of action steps-specific strategies educators can use to improve classroom management and improve student learning and achievement in their classroom and school. 


Course #986 Making the Middle Level the Best It Can Be

In this course you will be exposed to the research, strategies, and models that best serve the needs of young adolescents. This course features: 

  • The latest discoveries in neuroscience that inform practical strategies for improving student learning.
  • The most recent research on physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, and identity developmental processes.
  • The impact of technology and social media on students’ lives and learning
  • New research in middle level education supporting the development of genuine middle schools
  • Concrete ways to meet new content standards while implementing true curriculum integration
  • Explicit ways teachers can make the transition from theory to practice in their own classrooms