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Fundamentals

  

 

  • English Language Learner: Evaluation & Assessment
  • Registration: Open Enrollment
    Delivery Method: Online
    Fee: $480.00

    Welcome to Advanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agents (ACM), a course geared primarily for regular or special educators, instructional assistants, school psychologist, counselors and administrator serving children and adolescents presenting social, emotional and/or behavioral problems in the classroom, school or community setting. The course focuses on cognitive and cognitive-behavioral interventions (often lumped together under the rubric ""social skills"") with an emphasis on teaching students how to adapt, change and manage their own behavior. ACM will also review various stress reducing techniques that may be taught to students as well as used by participants to reduce his/her own stress. Since previous knowledge and understanding of traditional behavioral (operant) concepts and strategies is required, it is strongly recommended that participants have a reasonable understanding of basic behavior management terms. Without this basic behavior management understanding participants might find some of the advanced concepts difficult to follow and apply.

    This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer. Technical support information can be found in the Help section of your course.

 

  • English Language Learner: Linguistics
  • Registration: Open Enrollment
    Delivery Method: Online
    Fee: $480.00

    English Language Learner: Linguistics was written to help teachers understand concepts and terms related to educating students whose first language is not English. This course discusses how to understand theoretical foundations of linguistics and how to apply the knowledge and skills in linguistics in ELL classrooms and content classrooms.

    This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.  Technical support information can be found in the Help section of your course.

 

  • English Language Learner: Language Acquisition
  • Registration: Open Enrollment
    Delivery Method: Online
    Fee: $480.00

    Language Acquisition was written to help teachers understand concepts and terms related to educating students whose first language is not English. This course discusses developmental theories and how they apply to English language learners. The focus of this course is on the process of second language acquisition and the role of the classroom teacher. Included in this course is information about the legal obligations of schools and teachers to provide services and about the types of programs schools might provide. Included is information on communicating with parents/guardians.

 

  • English Language Learner: Methods & Materials
  • Registration: Open Enrollment
    Delivery Method: Online
    Fee: $480.00

    Methods & Materials was written to help teachers understand concepts and terms related to educating students whose first language is not English. This course discusses how to apply instructional methods in creating lessons; how to create a motivating and caring learning environment; how to integrate teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills; how to differentiate instruction for English language learners; and how to identify culturally appropriate curriculum and instructional resources.

 

  • Reading & Writing in Content Area
  • Registration: Open Enrollment
    Delivery Method: Online
    Fee: $330.00
    Reading & Writing in Content Area offers instruction in teaching reading and writing in various subject matter fields at the secondary level. The material stresses the skills of vocabulary building, comprehension, and writing, as well as methods for motivating adolescents to read and write. The course also provides information on recognizing reading difficulties, assessing textbooks, and the integration of reading strategies within a content area. The strategies taught are aligned with the Praxis Reading Across the Curriculum test guide and the Reading in the Content Area national standards.
 

  • Reading Fundamentals #1: An Introduction to Scientifically-based Research
  • Registration: Open Enrollment
    Delivery Method: Online
    Fee: $330.00

    Reading Fundamentals supports the concept of using scientifically-based reading research to develop an effective approach to reading assessment, instruction, evaluation, and remediation.

    An Introduction to Scientifically-based Research, the first in the three-course Reading Fundamentals series on effective reading instruction, was designed to give background on scientifically-based instruction as it applies to the federal legislation of 2001, 2004, and 2015. The course discusses the research that supports scientifically-based research as it applies to effective instruction, assessment, and evaluation. The course explores myths and misconceptions concerning reading instruction and remediation. It also presents an evaluation checklist designed to assess the effectiveness of your current reading program. The goal of the course is to present you with research, trustworthy evidence, and background information that support the need for a reading program that is based on scientific research and proven methods.

 

  • Reading Fundamentals #2: Laying the Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction
  • Registration: Open Enrollment
    Delivery Method: Online
    Fee: $325.00

    Learning to read is the most important skill students learn in school because it serves as the foundation for all other coursework. Given the importance of this foundational skill, evidence-based practices in literacy development should be employed. This three-course Reading Fundamentals series will help improve your knowledge of evidence-based practices. This knowledge will make you a more informed consumer and an even better advocate for students.

    The purpose of this second course in this three-course series is to lay the foundation for effective reading instruction. As part of this course, you will learn about the elements of effective instruction. It is important that all teachers have a firm understanding of effective instructional procedures. Teachers benefit, and more importantly, students benefit, both in terms of their behavior and their academic performance, from effective instruction. Further, you will learn about the importance of reading instruction and read some sobering statistics on reading performance in this country and what happens when individuals are not proficient in reading.

 

  • Reading Fundamentals #3: The Elements of Effective Reading Instruction & Assessment
  • Registration: Open Enrollment
    Delivery Method: Online
    Fee: $480.00

    This course will focus on learning to read, reading to learn, and an introduction to reading assessment. As part of these two key areas of reading instruction, the five elements of effective reading instruction will be highlighted, including definitions, implications for instruction, and future directions. These five elements include instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. Further, we discuss information on teacher preparation in learning about comprehension strategy instruction and reading instruction, as well as how to integrate computer technology into the classroom. Additionally, the course will provide information on important assessment terms and definitions and will explore how reading assessment fits within federal mandated programs, including the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. This analysis includes specific recommendations for understanding student reading needs using screening, diagnostic, and progress-monitoring assessments. Finally, the course describes how teachers can conduct and use pivotal curriculum-based measurement procedures in their classrooms.

 

  • Six Traits of Writing Model: Teaching & Assessing
  • Registration: Open Enrollment
    Delivery Method: Online
    Fee: $330.00

    This course discusses why writing is important and why teachers should include writing as often as possible in all content areas. The course also includes practical applications for assessing and teaching writing, including teaching students how to self-assess their own writing. The first chapter of this course discusses why teaching writing is important and give you an introduction to the Six Traits of Writing Model. Through chapters 2, 3, and 4 we will discuss the elements of the Six Traits of Writing Model. Throughout those elements we will look at practical ways to use this model in your classroom.

 

  • Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm
  • Registration: Open Enrollment
    Delivery Method: Online
    Fee: $330.00

    This course is designed to expand your methodology for teaching Mathematics. The course will explore an innovative teaching model that incorporates strategies for teaching concepts constructively and contextually. The goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts of various math topics and to explore the principles of teaching those concepts to learners. This course will focus on the topics of number sense, basic operations, and fractions.

 

  • Teaching Secondary Math Conceptually: Meeting Mathematics Standards
  • Registration: Open Enrollment
    Delivery Method: Online
    Fee: $480.00
    This course explores an instructional methodology that incorporates strategies for teaching concepts, constructively, and contextually. The goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts of various math topics and explore the principles of teaching those concepts to learners. The course also explores teaching methodologies that support many federal and state standards. This course focuses on the topics of integers, fractions, factoring, and functions.