Professional Development 1 Credit: Standards and Communications in Teaching

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“I really enjoyed the course. It was straight forward and easy to use. The instructor was very elaborate in her responses, and helped to clarify questions. All responses were received in a timely manner as well. It was a great course with good pacing and I learned lots of material in a short amount of time that I can use in future classroom environments.”

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EDUC 600
1 Semester Credit

  • Grading: A-F
  • Materials: Included in the course fee
  • Professional Development Credit: 1 semester credit issued through the regionally accredited
  • Instruction Mode: Self-paced, Asynchronous (Online Class), with instructor interaction
  • Semesters: Spring, Summer & Fall
    (enroll any time)
  • Enrollment: Start any time
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Course Description:

Self-paced Professional Development Credit classes incorporate online content, quizzes, interactivities and a Course Action Plan you can put to use in your work environment. Learning takes place asynchronously, at your convenience, and may be completed over a period of 4 weeks. Note, teachers looking for graduate credits, please check with your issuing authority about whether it will accept these online teacher courses for graduate credit.

In an age where there are multiple approaches to teaching and educating students, it becomes important to ensure that a particular standard is maintained. This class helps educators achieve goals, while empowering you with skills and tools to deliver the best of quality education. Standards and Communications in Teaching is a three part integrated course that highlights various strategies for facilitating student learning and improving academic achievement. It also focuses on positive communication, both with students and parents, in order to achieve excellence in education.

In alignment with the Common Core, SECTION A of this course helps educators understand more about standards-based education, while SECTION B equips educators with assessment tools that help maintain these standards. Together, they help educators explore the challenges in incorporating standards; as well as provide strategies to help overcome any obstacles.

Partnering with parents can impact educational outcomes in a huge way. It helps increase student motivation, and even increases teacher motivation. SECTION C helps teachers develop communication skills that will help them partner with parents effectively, thus gaining their support as they explore and implement the latest standards.

This integrated course is rich with practical ideas, strategies and exercises that provide educators with an extensive knowledge contributing to improved student performance.

Objectives & Outcomes:

As a result of successful participation in SECTION A, Integrating Standards, students should be able to:

  • Understand and identify various types of standards.
  • Understand challenges of standards-based instruction.
  • Understand the concept of discipline integration and its limitations.
  • Implement combined integration and plan assessment.
  • Implement multidiscipline integration.
  • Implement inter-discipline integration.
  • Implement trans-discipline integration.
  • Plan and implement effective assessment during integration.
  • Create effective learning objectives.
  • Manage the classroom effectively, during the process of integration.

As a result of successful participation in SECTION B, Formative Assessment, students should be able to:

  • Understand the concept of formative assessment
  • Implement various types of formative assessment
  • Understand the role of feedback in formative assessment.
  • Give effective feedback to students during formative assessment.
  • Implement formative assessment in standards-based education.

As a result of successful participation in SECTION C, Partnering with Parents, students should be able to:

  • Establish a role in the parent-partnership process, at any grade level.
  • Recognize and understand parent types and how to communicate and connect across each type accordingly.
  • Provide a safe and trusting environment for students by acknowledging basic needs.
  • Put parents at ease in partnership with teacher.
  • Plan and organize classroom and school based activities to encourage parent partnership.
  • Support parent volunteers to make their experience rewarding.
  • Implement strategies that will enable parents to get involved in the learning process from home.
  • Communicate effectively with parents.
  • Respond positively to challenging situations such as bullying, lies, stealing, parental anger and violence.

Special Instructions:

After registering for this course at Professional Learning Board, you’ll be directed to the University website to complete your registration and payment.


13 Reviews of “Professional Development 1 Credit: Standards and Communications in Teaching”:
  1. Lisa L says:
    Five Stars

    Finally, formative assessments are easily explained. Thank you. Your information on Rubrics was amazing. Thank you for the Rubric explanation.

  2. Patty K says:
    Five Stars

    Nice job!

  3. Melissa M. says:
    Five Stars

    This was a wonderful experience!! I loved the course - the content, the ease of access, the flexibility to complete the requirements on my own time, and the length of the course (It was perfect - not too short as to not develop an enhanced understanding of the content but not too long as to take an inordinate amount of time). I will definitely be completing additional courses!

  4. Nancy E. says:
    Five Stars

    Thanks for being so kind, patient and attentive. It's been a very good experience taking courses through the PLB which I was so happy to learn about this year. I have appreciated your prompt replies. Thanks again so much! I learned a lot!

  5. Rita P. says:
    Five Stars

    The Formative Assessment course was one of the best PLB courses I completed (and I have taken about 20 courses). It was very informative and to the point. I especially liked the pre-test. It was obviously setting an example and it helped me to understand the concept and benefit of formative assessment. Well done!

  6. Richard H. says:
    Five Stars

    This was an insightful and timely course -- reflecting the latest thinking in educational best practices. The course illustrates that, for educators, there is much more to PROPER formative assessment, than meets the eye!

  7. Charity G. says:
    Five Stars

    This had nice balance between secondary and elementary. I enjoyed this one.

  8. Megan R. says:
    Five Stars

    This was very informative and convenient for me. Thanks!

  9. Joy W. says:
    Five Stars

    Many thanks to you! I learned a great deal. The course proved excellent!

  10. Debra K. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you, it was a simple easy way to acquire a quick knowledge on the topic of Formative assessment.

  11. Allyson A. says:
    Five Stars

    I found this course to be helpful in numerous ways. Most of this information I have heard from time to time, but I liked that it was all packaged together. I always complain that other courses do no give enough examples. This class had a whole lesson dedicated to partnering strategies. It give us actual examples and explanations of what we could use and how. This course gave valuable techniques in order to make communication easier.

  12. Chris W. says:
    Five Stars

    I think that the list of strategies for dealing with different parents was most helpful I think this course will only help me better communicate with parents in the future and I will take some of the suggestions from this class and utilize them in my future parent conferences and phone calls.

  13. Erin A. says:
    Five Stars

    This course strengthened my belief that a strong home/school connection is imperative in the primary grades. When I signed up for the course I wasn't sure if I was communicating in ways to reach every parent. This course helped me to change my beliefs in ways to communicate with distracted and indifferent parents. The most exciting part of this course was when I utilized a strategy during Spring Conferences with a parent and it worked!

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