Communication and environmental modifications, are some of the main obstacles that teachers face while integrating students with disabilities into the regular classroom. This course teaches assistive communication strategies, as well as instructional ideas to build communication skills. It also explores the concepts behind environmental and sensory modifications, especially in reference to Autism.
Successfully address a range of mathematics and STEM learning needs with strategies designed to benefit teachers at various levels of expertise, in the successful integration of STEM and CCSS into classroom learning.
Transform teaching practice through Inquiry-based, Collaborative learning climate within classrooms. Building on a strong research base, teachers are empowered to understand and implement effective practices of investigative learning and collaboration, incorporating technology to reach the 21st century learner most effectively.
Equip teachers to identify early signs of suicide and combat bullying, through creative activities to promote safe classroom environments. Teachers are encouraged to work together with their school in initiating and implementing school-wide policies to promote mental health.
Discover ways in children’s safety is threatened in today’s world, and learn strategies that can help keep students safe, through a range of resources, signs, characteristics, scenarios, and indicators of threats.
Examine practical strategies to use your actions and words in the most beneficial way by becoming an ethical educator and skilled public speaker. Explore practical ways of addressing ethical decisions, with strategies to manage fears and perfect public speaking skills.
Explore how you can use technology to enhance students’ competence in reading and ‘flip’ your classroom to expand learning experiences. Through a wealth of resources, educators are empowered to create efficient technology-integrated classrooms, while collaborating effectively with students and educators.
Manage the various facets of teaching responsibilities efficiently, by seamlessly integrating the common core and curriculum standards into instruction, enforcing positive behavior interventions, and utilizing the physical classroom space to complement teaching. The strategies presented here build on extensive research, real experiences of teachers, observations of hundreds of classrooms and the most innovative ideas in practice; to enable teachers to manage their classrooms effectively and thus optimize students’ learning experiences.
Successfully evaluate and assess the various facets of your teaching practice by seamlessly integrating the Common Core State Standards along with effective formative assessments and productive reflection practices. The approaches presented here equip teachers to make accurate assessments of their students’ learning needs and levels, and then plan targeted interventions based on the results, culminating in greater student achievement.
Explore successful strategies to make interventions in teaching practices, including effective ways to evaluate and examine students’ performances, with the ultimate goal of enhancing students’ mastery of the Common Core Standards.
Make teaching ALL students a real possibility, by acquiring an in-depth understanding of Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and implementing Universal Design of Learning (UDL) frameworks, where learners’ strategic and affective networks are considered to determine the best teaching methods.
Successfully integrate iPads and apps to ensure higher levels of student engagement and learning. The pedagogy of using iPads in the classroom is presented, with ways for teachers to tap into recent app developments to fully examine their learning potential.
Transform your students’ learning experience by equipping them to be truly ‘college and career ready’, in today’s world. Using the tools and strategies provided in this course, teachers can equip students with skills like Project Management, enabling them to make a successful transition to university and work environments.
Empower students by implementing novel ideas in curriculum development, within classrooms. With this framework, teachers are equipped to integrate research-based instructional strategies with successful curriculum development practices, that cater to teachers’ own professional development as well as students’ learning needs.
Equip yourself with a basic understanding of the warning signs of early-onset mental illness as well as ideas and successful strategies to work with affected students. Gain confidence in accommodating students with ADHD, and other students who are energetic, hyperactive or have difficulty paying attention.
Transform teaching practice by using strategies like action research and school-wide initiatives to explore the intricacies of the educational context, and implement corresponding, well-designed interventions for holistic change. The approaches presented here allow teachers to build professional learning communities, enhance school improvement, and is an excellent way to prioritize student learning.
Gain confidence in navigating the Internet and using technology in teaching and learning, by exploring the concepts and ideas behind using technology in the classroom, to understand the skills needed to use technology to support learning most effectively.
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"This course was very informative and really opened my eyes to the struggles of autistic students. With an increase in autism, I know I will be teaching more autistic students as time goes on. This course gave me more confidence and ideas to handle these students."
"This course had me take a step back and look at my teaching style. I thought I was using technology by the occasional technology based project and using the SmartBoard every day. I now realize this is not enough. There are so many different ways I could include technology into my daily lessons. I need to try harder to include technology into the lessons."
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"This was a very enjoyable online class. It was extremely informative about cognitive skills. As a working teacher and mother, this class gave me great flexibility with the time frames. That was really important to me and made taking this class much less stressful. I enjoyed not having to write a paper but still took as many notes as if I would have. The test/quiz at the end covered the information and the questions were straight forward and not tricky. Thank you for making an online class informative, non-stressful, and extremely enjoyable."
"I loved all the printable materials and online resources. The course information is valuable and I've already started implementing some of it in my classroom. Thanks so much for offering this course. I enjoyed it very much."
"Great course for review and refreshment! The video clips were good and the review/check for understanding were very good/helpful/pertinent. I appreciated this course. Thanks!"
"I really enjoyed trying out the websites included in this course. I admit I was starting to fall behind in technology and I feel that this course and the websites/resources provided have given me some ideas to incorporate technology into my classroom. Overall I think my students will appreciate these new resources to differentiate their lessons and give them some more hands-on experiences."
"This course has made me aware that there are many different methods of incorporating technology into the classroom. I knew that technology gave students instant access to all kinds of information but the concept of making lessons more fun, engaging the student, student centered learning will have a positive impact on my teaching. I do believe it is my responsibility as a teacher to continually improve and implementing new technologies will certainly lead to more effective learning."
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"I love learning! Just completed this wonderful course in cognitive skill building, good towards 5 professional hours. The best part is, although I am a learning consultant and a reading specialist, I believe I learned more in this coursework, than in all my education classes combined. It got right to the point, addressing cognitive issues directly, instead of just tackling the secondary academic issues. It speaks to neuroscience, and the amazing capability of the brain to improve itself, through specific techniques and activities. The comprehensive nature of this program, and its practical uses is a marvel! Absolutely highly recommended."
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"This is my first online course and I learned so much! The course began with material I was already familiar with and built upon that. I learned many new things that I can use professionally as well as personally."
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"I had no technical issues with this course, but it's my first one through your program and I just wanted to provide feedback. I was so engaged throughout the whole 5 hours of this course, that it amazes me. We teachers take these courses because we have to have so many hours of professional development per year, and it becomes a "duty." This was a PLEASURE. What a great feeling to come away from the time invested feeling like I truly learned something - and something enlightening and USEFUL! As an elementary teacher (first grade) reading and phonemic awareness are huge in my classroom - to have that addressed - as well as the practical ways to improve on the cognitive skills so necessary to gain academic achievement - this was a total worthwhile and successful five hours. I fully intend to take other courses with you, and to recommend to my colleagues what a great resource you are. Thanks - and kudos to PLB!"
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"I can see that there are many ideas and materials that will be useful for the next school year, especially once we know our standardized test scores and goals for reading for the new year"
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