Our fingers have been feverishly writing to bring our last creations for 2021 into the world. While we can’t claim to be Santa’s elves, we’re proud to present you with 8 sparkly and engaging Continuing Education courses designed to provide you with strategies and support for 2022, and beyond!
5129: Activate and Energize the Learning Brain, 3 credits, Grades PreK-12
This information-packed course will teach you how to create and adjust learning opportunities to align with brain-friendly practices. Explore strategies for increasing motivation, infusing sensory input and movement, productive struggle, and emotional well-being. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to align lessons and activities with brain capabilities to create an enhanced learning experience for students.
5140: New Moves for Teaching Students with Disabilities, 3 credits, Grades PreK-12+
This course and the course text will become go-to-resources as you teach and reach students with disabilities. Ready to energize your instruction for students with disabilities? Discover what you can do to increase equity, inclusion, and engagement for ALL students and find out how social emotional learning positively impacts both students and adults!
5142: Time Management Strategies for Educators, 3 credits, Grades PreK-12+
“There’s never enough time in the day…” “Will I ever be able to leave school at the end of my contracted hours?” You’re not alone, and we’re here to help! In this course, you’ll find strategies to ensure you accomplish it all, while making time for what matters most by prioritizing tasks, using your time more efficiently, and more! Because we know there’s no “one size fits all” you’ll create your own path by selecting from a variety of curated ideas from time management experts to develop practices that complement your personality, work style, and life.
5144: Inspiring Student-Driven Learning with Questioning and Inquiry, 1 credit, Grades K-12
What are the keys to an engaging and curious classroom? Questioning and inquiry! This course explores the structure, skills, and strategies of questioning and inquiry through lesson analysis, evaluation, and creation. You’ll finish this class with a toolbox of strategies to deepen learning in your classroom with questioning and inquiry through small changes with big impact.
5149: Fantastic Phenomena-based Learning with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), 3 Credits, Grades 4-12
Phenomena are events that occur in our world, like volcanic lightning or tsunamis, and they create the perfect context for students to explore and learn science concepts. You’ll learn the process of selecting an “anchor” phenomena, develop a way to “solve” phenomena through Science and Engineering Design, and learn how storylines can assist with planning. This course will demystify phenomena’s role in NGSS and provide a foundation to bring wonder back to the science classroom.
5153: World Language Teaching Methods 3 credits, Grades 4-12
Rediscover foundational theories and practical strategies for second language acquisition. This course is designed to expand awareness of practical resources, including the appropriate use of student-centered activities for language instruction. Whether you are new to teaching world languages or ready for new inspiration, this course will take you to the next level!
5154: Deep Thinking Practices for the Math Classroom 3 credits, Grades PreK-12
Replace the “learning-as-mimicry” pattern with genuine thinking in your math classroom. Explore the philosophy, practice, and long-term benefits of thinking classrooms and see how they apply to math. Students will thank you for resetting their expectations of “correctness” and “completion” in mathematics while inspiring them to enjoy the variety and flexibility of solution pathways.
5206: Integrating Computational Thinking and Coding Across the Curriculum, 3 credits, Grades K-8
Sure, your students can navigate their iPad or smartphone like the pros, but do they really understand these complex systems? In this course, we’ll demystify computational thinking (an effective problem-solving process) and unpack the skills, concepts, and mental habits needed to solve complex problems. Whether you teach general ed, STEM, kindergarten, or middle school, this course will provide the knowledge and strategies you need to create a community of future-ready computational thinkers!