Please use the drop-down menu to see course options:
Option I: ($875) 3 Endicott College Graduate Credits
Option II: ($675) 3 Colorado State University-Pueblo Graduate Credits
Option III: ($400) 67.5 Massachusetts' D.E.S.E. Professional Development Points
Option IV: ($300) 45 Learning Tree Professional Development Network
Continuing Education Units
*Registration for Endicott College and Colorado State University-Pueblo
credits must be completed at course start.
Winter Session I
Supporting Culturally Diverse Learners in Special Education
This course is designed to provide educators with the knowledge of how to support Special Education Culturally Diverse Learners. Stages of cultural development and typical second language acquisition trajectories will be reviewed as a foundational basis for the course. Determination of Special Education eligibility for cultrally diverse learners will be reviewed. Participants will learn specific interventions and accommodations to support and teach Special Education Culturally Diverse Learners. In addition, participants will gain strategies increase the home/school component of education.
Comprehensive Reading Assessments
This course will teach participants to employ multiple measures for assessing reading difficulties in students and write an evaluation report analyzing the results. Participants will explore the Cognitive Processes in Learning to Read. Special attention will be paid to Dyslexia Definitions and Implications. The Components of a Comprehensive Reading Assessments will be examined. Participants will analyze Case Studies and learn to Write an Evaluation Report, including specific Interventions and Recommendations in response to student outcomes.
Getting Started with Reading Workshop
This course will explore the components of Reading Workshop. The course will focus on the foundations of literacy, instructional strategies, and assessment through the lens of Reading Workshop. Participants will learn strategies to improve student literacy through the workshop model using a balanced literacy approach as well as the essentials required to establishing a workshop structure in the classroom at any level. Topics covered will include the stages of literacy, elements of guided reading, lesson planning, setting up and managing reading workshop in the classroom, phonics and word study, evaluation, flexible groupings, and more!
Restorative Practices in Schools
This course is designed to provide educators with an overview of restorative practices to promote improved student behavior and overall achievement. Participants will learn to understand and implement restorative practices as a framework for building community and for responding to challenging behavior through authentic dialogue, coming to a collective understanding, and moving forward in a positive direction. Course topics will explore building positive cultures and communities, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS), the group process, as well as conflict resolution and behavior management through the lens of restorative practices. Participants will learn to implement restorative practices in school settings.
Culturally Competent Classrooms
This course is designed to provide educators with an overview of the essential components in creating a culturally competent classroom. Participants will evaluate the Competencies of a Culturally Competent Classroom and learn how to implement evidence-based best Inclusive Practices. Course topics will explore Teaching Tolerance and cultural competency aligned to the principles of Universal Design for Learning, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and Social Emotional Learning.
Foundations of Inclusion
This course is designed to provide educators with an overview of the foundations of inclusion and evidence-based best practices for inclusion. Participants will explore such practices following the principles of Inclusion, Universal Design for Learning, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Social and Emotional Learning, and Co-Teaching, while learning implementation strategies for student success. Participants will learn a structured approach to assess students’ needs, provide appropriate modifications and accommodations as needed, and design and provide suitable interventions.
Getting Started with Math Workshop
Getting Started with Math Workshop is designed to introduce participants to a structure for teaching math that supports each child’s development in order to maximize math proficiency. Participants will gain strategies for engaging students in standards-based, rigorous, and meaningful learning opportunities where the teacher focuses on a particular concept, strategy or skill. Course participants will learn to implement and facilitate math workshop in the classroom, including scheduling, designing stations or centers, lesson planning, differentiation, and assessment. Various models of math workshop will be studied.
Navigating Student Support Services
This course is designed to provide educators with an overview of student support services. Participants will learn a structured approach to assess students’ needs, provide appropriate modifications and accommodations, and obtain the suitable support services for best student progress. Referral strategies for students’ areas of concern will be studied. Sources of support services will be examined. Participants will explore Student Teacher Assistance Teams, Title One, 504s, IEPs, and more.
Social Emotional Disorders in the Classroom
This course introduces educators to strategies for managing students with social/emotional disorders in the classroom. The course will provide comprehensive information on emotional disorders as well as the behaviors that may arise from the disability. Course material will provide you with information on: definitions, characteristics, causes, common assessments, functional behavior assessment, ABA and Positive Behavior Supports, advocacy, and current issues in the field. This information will benefit all educational teachers and counselors, parents or anyone who is interested in learning about emotional disorders and the best practices for supporting students with social emotional disorders.
21st Century Classrooms: Internet Connected Students
This course will introduce participants to best practical and applicable instructional methodologies and strategies for creating a 21st Century Classroom of internet connected students. Participants will examine newer electronic technologies/media for integration in the classroom with the goal of increasing student engagement and achievement. Participants will gain an understanding for application of course principles in order to develop and implement a technology rich classroom environment to maximize the opportunity for hands-on learning. Course topics will include integration of technology in educational settings for the enhancement of teaching and learning, design and development of digital-age learning experiences and assessments, digital citizenship and responsibility, and recognition of the importance of continued professional growth and leadership in achieving and maintaining expertise in the use of educational technology.
Promoting Positive School Culture in the Classroom
This course is designed to provide educators with an overview of the essentials required in a positive school and classroom culture. Participants will learn the components of positive school and classroom communities. The components of bridging the home school connection will be covered as well as community involvement in schools. Topics covered will include zero tolerance, bullying, creating a supportive school, service learning, teaching social responsibility, connecting with diverse families, and more.
Teaching Reading to Students with Learning Disabilities
This course is an overview of research, theory, and best practices in the fields of reading and learning disabilities. Participants will study content and teaching approaches focusing on reading for preK-12 students with learning disabilities. Topics include evidence-based approaches for promoting growth in phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. Participants will learn a variety of specific modifications and interventions based upon individual needs and designed to address and remediate learning problems as specified by the I.E.P.