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EDUC 546 (Face-to-Face):  Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) Role in Assessment/MtSS/RtI I
This course will allow participants to learn how to use the date from formative assessments to drive instruction and to design intervention for students as part of the RtI process. Learners will also develop an understanding of how to collaborate within their PLCs to integrate Tier I and II interventions within their classroom instruction and structure. – 1 credit

EDUC 546 (Face-to-Face):  Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) Role in Assessment/MtSS/RtI II
This course will provide opportunities for participants to be involved in collaborative scoring and analysis of data, and gain knowledge in the use of formative assessment data for instructional planning and to design interventions for students as part of a comprehensive RtI process. Participants will gain knowledge in ongoing monitoring of instruction and interventions to make data-based, collaborative decisions. – 1 credit

EDUC 546 (Face-to-Face):  Effective Teacher Mentoring and Coaching
This course will provide an overview of effective teacher mentoring strategies and methods for enhancing instructional coaching for new as well as experienced teachers. Participants will gain knowledge in how to use observation, feedback, modeling, collaboration, and professional dialog to support teachers in continuous improvement. – 1 credit

EDUC 546: (Face-to-Face)  Using Formative Assessments to Drive Instruction and Design Interventions
This course will define formative assessment and discuss the benefits of using a variety of formative assessment to increase student learning. Learners will reflect on current assessment practice and will gain knowledge in identifying and creating formative assessments and incorporating formative assessment into instructional activities. – 1 credit

EDUC 546 (Face-to-Face):  Incorporating Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy to Increase Learning
This course will provide an overview of Bloom’s revised taxonomy and will allow participants to gain knowledge in how to design instruction that is aligned with various dimensions of knowledge and higher levels of cognitive processing.  Participants will learn strategies to move instructional activities to higher levels of cognitive complexity to engage students and increase learning. – 1 credit

EDUC 510:  (online) Poverty:  Impact on Students and Strategies to Support Classroom Success
Participants will increase their knowledge and skills in understanding the impact of poverty on student performance and specific strategies that support at-risk student classroom success. During the course, students will become aware of poverty indicators in their state, community and school district; specific effects of poverty on student emotional, social, physical and academic development; success stories of communities and schools who have implemented programs that have had great success; components in schools and classrooms that support at-risk students success. Students will learn specific strategies that have been proven successful in at-risk schools that support high expectations, effective lesson delivery, increased student engagement, strong classroom climate and strategies that build character and trust. – 3 credits

EDUC 510:  (online) Maximizing Your Potential: Going from Good to Great
Participants will increase their personal and professional effectiveness by learning strategies developed by national leaders: learn how to develop a clear definition of the results that you want, increase the balance and fulfillment in all segments of your professional and personal life, build team/classroom skills that find faster and better solutions through clear expectations, shared responsibilities and understanding of priorities. Learn your personal strengths and how to maximize their use and impact on your personal and professional goals and outcomes. Discover the components of “Great Work,” the work that is calling you and how to create new possibilities and plan for implementation into the classroom. – 3 credits

EDUC 510:  (online) Challenging Classroom Behaviors:  Attention Seeking, Avoidance of Failure, Power and Revenge, Intervention Skills & Strategies
Participants will gain skills and knowledge in providing interventions for common classroom discipline Problem areas of attention-seeking behavior, power-seeking behavior, revenge-seeking behavior and Avoidance of failure behaviors.  Techniques to identify each type of behavior and a comprehensive collection of interventions strategies will be shared.  Dozens of strategies to build a positive classroom Environment/climate and strategies to improve communication with parents will be presented.

EDUC 510:  (online) Doing Your Great Work, Skills & Strategies
In the ever changing educational climate we are being challenged to do more and more to impact the lives of our students, collaborate within our schools and lead change.  Additionally, we all have personal lives that we value and want to make a difference. Participants will gain knowledge, strategies and insights into implementing more great work in all aspects of their lives. Investigating what is calling you, how to identify challenges and solutions, plan and organize to have the outcomes that you envision in your professional and personal life.

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