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 Summer 2018

Courses offer:

  • 3 semester(4-1/2 quarter credit) graduate credit courses offered by Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Colorado State University-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

When You Register as an Individual:
        Register for 1 course (pay $395)
        Register for 2 or more courses on the same order and save $30 or more (pay $380 per course)

When You Register With a Group of 3 or More Participants:

        Register for 1 course and save $20 off base price of $395 (pay $375)
        Register for 2 or more courses on the same order and save $50 or more (pay $370 per course)

When You Register With a Group of 6 or More Participants:
        Register for 1 course and save $25 off base price of $395 (pay $370)
        Register for 2 or more courses on the same order and save $60 or more (pay $365 per course)

 When You Register With a Group of 9 or More Participants:
        Register for 1 course and save $35 off base price of $395 (pay $360)
        Register for 2 or more courses on the same order and save $80 or more (pay $355 per course)

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“What I appreciate most about the Siedow Teacher Education courses is that the topics covered in the courses are so relevant to what I am doing in my classroom. Every course offers gems that I am able to apply immediately to my teaching.”    Kathy Mead Language Arts  Anoka-Hennepin School District   Minnesota

“I have been impressed with everything I have experienced with your program-from the ease of registration, communication with the instructor, course selections, and course content.”   Lori Schultz- Wayzata Public Schools- Wayzata, Minnesota

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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 introduces six signposts that alert readers to significant moments in a reading and encourages them to read closely. Recommended for grades 3-12.

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 #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 #522 Mathematical Mindsets: Creative Math and Innovative Teaching 

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. 


*NEW* Course #523  Write Like This: Teaching Real World Writing  (AVAILABLE STARTING SUMMER 2018)

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.


*NEW* Course #524  Strategies To Reverse Underachievement  (AVAILABLE STARTING SUMMER 2018)

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.

*NEW* Course #525  When Teaching Gets Tough: How To Reclaim Your Game (AVAILABLE STARTING SUMMER 2018)

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.

*NEW* Course #526  Teaching To Strengths: Supporting Students Living With Trauma, Violence, And Chronic Stress (AVAILABLE STARTING SUMMER 2018)

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. 

*NEW* Course #527  Cultivating Curiosity: How To Promote And Sustain Deep Learning (AVAILABLE STARTING SUMMER 2018)

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. 

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 #531  Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters 

This course will help all educators recognize that reading should change students. Reading should lead to thinking that is disrupting, that shakes students up, and makes them wonder what challenges them. Such thinking sets them on a path to change, if not the world, then at least themselves.


Course #532  End Bullying 

This course will equip educators with practical strategies to tackle bullying head-on. Social media bullying, and the recent tragedies stemming from it, has given this widespread problem a new dimension. Adults can learn and implement many quick and easy techniques that can make a difference in the lives of students - from establishing meaningful connections with students, to creating a positive school climate, addressing cyberbullying, building social and emotional competence, reaching out to bullies, empowering bystanders, and so much more.


Course #533  A Teacher’s Guide To Special Education 

Despite the prevalence of students with disabilities in the general education classroom, few teachers receive the training on how to meet these student’s needs or how to navigate the legally mandated processes enumerated in the Individuals With Disabilities Act. What are their responsibilities? What is their role? What must they do to ensure that students with disabilities and other special needs receive the quality education they are entitled to?


Course #534  Overcoming The Achievement Gap Trap 

Educators have grown accustomed to the academic achievement gap. This course examines the prevailing mindset that perpetuates unequal learning outcomes for some students, especially the poor and minority students, highlighting the need for learning equality and equity to be professional and societal priorities. Reducing inequality in education means adopting a new, liberating mindset that frees educators and students from negative academic performance expectations without placing blame on anyone. 


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 #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 school 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