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.
Rewards and punishments may help to maintain order in the short term, but they’re at best superficially effective and at worst counterproductive. This course will prepare educators at all levels to ensure that their classrooms are welcoming, enriching, and constructive environments built on collective respect and focused on student achievement.
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.
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
This course introduces six signposts that alert readers to significant moments in a reading and encourages them to read closely. Recommended for grades 3-12.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This mathematics course is for all mathematics teachers regardless of grade level. It will present a wealth of ideas designed to guide mathematics teachers and provide interesting alternatives to familiar methods of instruction. Participants will discover models of effective approaches to the teaching of mathematics and illuminate mathematics to their students.
By helping teachers bring effective modeling practices into their classrooms, this course enables students to become better writers. The practices in this course will help students develop the writing skills they need to become adult writers in the real world. If students are to grow as writers, they need to read good writing, study good writing, and most important, they need to emulate good writers.
In this course you will focus on smart kids who get poor grades-not because they’re unable to do better in school, but because they don’t want to. In this course you will examine underachievement from a unique perspective. The reason students underachieve is influenced by a wide range of factors. Helping students achieve when they don’t want to is not an easy task, but you can reengage and inspire students.
In this course you will reclaim and sustain your energy for teaching. Are you overwhelmed by unruly students, difficult parents, and never-ending classroom distractions? Do you wonder if anyone notices or cares about how much effort you put into your work everyday? If you answered yes to any of the above, this course is for you.
In this course you will be provided with strategies for working with half of the students in the U.S. who are experiencing or have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. In the course, you will work from a strength-based perspective that draws from the personal, cultural, and world experiences that students and families bring with them and that can be capitalized on to create successful academic outcomes.
In this course you will create a structured, student-centered environment that allows for openness and surprise when inquiry guides authentic learning. We learn by engaging and exploring, asking questions and testing out answers, yet our classrooms are not always places where curiosity is encouraged and supported. This course will help you harness the powerful drive in all learners-the drive to know, understand, and experience the world in a meaningful way.