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21st Century Learning and the 4Cs; Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

As the world economy shifts away from manufacturing jobs and towards more creative jobs, there’s a consensus among parents, educators, politicians and business leaders that it is crucial students complete their K-12 education with the ability to identify and solve complex problems, think critically about information, work effectively in teams and communicate clearly about their thinking. In t... more

$175
Academic Achievement For English Language Learners (ELLs)

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

The focus of this course is to support educators in identifying the needs of their English Language Learners and learning how to plan and facilitate a classroom where all learners can engage in structured interactions to develop and practice Academic English tied to content concepts. Teachers will be introduced to a seven-step process including; organizing a classroom where all children are involv... more

$175
Addressing Attention Deficits in the Classroom

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

Before teachers can engage students with attention deficits in challenging “minds-on” activities, they must first fully understand the challenges and barriers to students’ learning that attention deficits may cause. Through this course and the embedded classroom activities, teachers will understand each of the characteristics of attention deficits and the situations in their classroom in whi... more

$175
An Introduction to Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

One of the greatest challenges today facing classroom teachers is to educate and to assist in the development of children who are knowledgeable, responsible, caring, and socially competent. This course is designed to help teachers learn about the importance and effectiveness of integrating social-emotional learning into classroom instruction. Throughout the course, teachers will learn practical... more

$175
Anti-Bullying: Guiding Girls Through Relational Aggression

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

The stereotype of a bully is that he’s male, overweight, and a stranger. But a lot of what we are learning about girls is that they hurt their friends. Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls This course provides proven classroom strategies for working with students dealing with relational aggression, female bullying, and the dynamics that lead to the... more

$175
Building Academic Language Skills with English Language Learners (ELL) through Dialogue, Discussion, and Discourse

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

It has been said that we are all language learners; we never learn all of the words in a given language. Our vocabulary continually expands as we learn new concepts and skills, or integrate new technology in our lives. For our students, the demands of the newer more rigorous state standards and increased instructional demand for all students to develop deeper academic language. Throughout the c... more

$175
Building Academic Vocabulary and Deep Comprehension, Grades 6-12

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

What is one of the most critical indicators of students’ success in school, in life, and standardized tests? A student’s expansiveness of vocabulary, coupled with their ability to leverage it in enhancing their reading, speaking, listening, and writing abilities. In order to be College and Career ready, students must have a rich and varied vocabulary that can help them understand what is being... more

$175
Building Academic Vocabulary and Deep Comprehension, Grades.K-5

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

What is one of the most critical indicators of students’ success in school, in life and standardized tests? A student’s expansiveness of vocabulary, coupled with their ability to leverage it in enhancing their reading, speaking, listening, and writing abilities. In order to be College and Career ready, students must have a rich and varied vocabulary that can help them understand what is bei... more

$175
Challenging Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

As teachers, We all have a wide range of learners in our classrooms, from the very bright to those with special needs. As we know, teachers are expected to meet the diverse needs of all groups of students who arrive at their classroom door. It is a monumental task for which many educators, despite their best intentions to support their students and help them grow and prosper, feel ill-prepared. It... more

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Classroom Management Keeping It Positive, Grades 6-12

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

A positive classroom environment is a goal that we all look to create in our classrooms. Numerous studies conducted over the past few decades have outlined the importance of having a classroom where students and teachers are clear on behavioral expectations as well as consequences for inappropriate behavior. The reality of our every day is that it is often challenging based on a number of differen... more

$175
Classroom Management Keeping It Positive, Grades K-5

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

A positive classroom environment is a goal that we all look to create in our classrooms. Numerous studies conducted over the past few decades have outlined the importance of having a classroom where students and teachers are clear on behavioral expectations as well as consequences for inappropriate behavior. Various areas of classroom management will be explored, including classroom set-up and ... more

$175
Close Reading Made Easy for English Language Arts, Grades 2-5

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

Selecting appropriate reading material for students is hard. For decades, teachers have known that quality Instruction requires a careful matching of reading materials to students. The goal of selecting materials that are neither too difficult nor too easy for students is a task that needs constant attention and adjustments on the part of the teacher. To ensure that students learn to read increasi... more

$175
Creating Meaningful Math Engagement

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

We have come to a tipping point in math education when we must look to provide higher demanding math experiences for our students. We have to change students' relationship with math, and one way to do that is by changing the types of math experiences they have. Perhaps the way to help students the most, both in terms of success and attitude, lies in the counter-intuitive notion of finding th... more

$175
Creating Student Innovators

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

When information is ubiquitous and free, and when basic education is available to billions of people worldwide, only one set of skills can ensure this generation's economic future - the capacity for innovation. What must teachers, parents, mentors, and employers do to develop the capacities of many more young people to be the innovators that they want to be—and that we need them to become? What ... more

$175
Developing Students’ Self-Awareness and Self-Management (Mini-Course)

Clock Hours: 30    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

Research clearly indicates the benefit of incorporating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into instruction. Positive emotions and strong relationships can greatly benefit and facilitate learning in the classroom, and conversely, negative emotions, stress, and a lack of positive relationships can hinder or even stop the learning process. Negative and destructive behaviors such as bullying and drug us... more

$130
Digging Deeper into Social Emotional Learning

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

This course will explore ways to dive deeper into social-emotional learning strategies and learning to increase student well-being and academic achievement. This course is a follow-up to An Introduction to Social Emotional Learning. While it is not a prerequisite to have taken the introductory course to take this one, this course will continue the discussions and learning that took place in the fi... more

$175
Effective Strategies for Building Language for Diverse Learners (Mini-Course)

Clock Hours: 30    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

Teachers need to be sensitive to the diverse needs of ELL/high poverty students, by establishing an environment where all students feel safe and are free to take risks. Teachers should provide opportunities for literacy-rich, classroom interactions (both listening and speaking) that develop concepts and academic language in the disciplines, opportunities for ELL/high poverty students to interact w... more

$130
Effective Survival Skills for Student Empowerment

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

The structure of this course explores the increasing new challenges that diverse students are faced with at school and/or at home, including increased technology addictions, anxiety and other social, emotional, personal, and school stressors. Then, there is the identification of the additional needs of reluctant learners, which has become more prevalent in schools. We will be looking to focus on a... more

$175
Engaging Parents in Support of Student Learning

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

Without parents, schools would not exist. Parents send their children to school so for a variety of reasons, and all parents want what is best for their children. They want their children to learn and to thrive, to grow and develop, to become independent and productive people in society. It is clear, though, that parents of school-age children come from a variety of backgrounds, and are diverse in... more

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Getting Kids Ready to Learn, Grades PreK- 2

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

As Early Childhood educators, we have the great responsibility of helping our students create their school identity and set the foundation for their future school success. With that in mind, have you ever wondered how some classes seem to function better than others? Have you ever wondered how you could get your students to be independent workers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the... more

$175
Getting Started with a STEM Classroom

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education is believed by many to be the conduit between the learning of the past and learning of the future. How will our students succeed in the future workforce when it is dominated by highly skilled positions which will focus on math, science, engineering, and technology? The Department of Commerce estimates that STEM occupations will grow 1.... more

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Getting Started with Project-Based Learning, Grades K-12

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

Every day teachers look for ways to meet all of their content objectives in a way that is meaningful, purposeful, and engaging to their students. Project-based learning not only provides meaningful, purposeful, and engaging opportunities for learning, but also helps students to develop the skills needed for college and career readiness, to develop deep conceptual understanding, and to apply what t... more

$175
Helping Struggling Readers Succeed in Grades 4-12

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

Every day in classrooms across the country we run into students who struggle to read and must find the strategies that we can implement to help these struggling readers succeed. This course provides an understanding of why students struggle with reading, what barriers prevent students from becoming more fluent and efficient readers and what teachers can do to help struggling students become more e... more

$175
Increasing Student Engagement and Motivation (Mini-Course)

Clock Hours: 30    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

When we think about engaging and motivating students through the use of rigorous lessons, an aspect that we must attend to is the context in which students are learning. What we mean here by context is the setting, situation, or role that students engage with and/or take on when learning and applying new understandings. In this course, we will look at how to engage and motivate students to rea... more

$130
Managing the Virtual Classroom: Keeping it Positive!

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

In this course, participants will gain insight into virtual and hybrid classroom management and ways to keep a positive focus. Shifts in classroom practices in the virtual and hybrid classroom will be highlighted, including setting up a positive classroom culture, explicitly teaching expectations and reinforcing positive behaviors, and building positive relationships with students. Research shows ... more

$175
Meeting ELL Students' Needs in Today's Classroom

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

Nationally, an average of 10 percent of students in public schools are English Language Learners (ELL), with the percentages higher in primary grades where students often first enter school systems with little or no English proficiency. The teacher is charged with what can often seem to be a daunting task; that of teaching content and language simultaneously. This course is designed to provide ... more

$175
Meeting the Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

According to Autism Speaks (2018) the CDC has increased its estimate of autism’s prevalence by 15 percent, to 1 in 59 children. Before teachers can engage students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in their classroom, they must first fully understand the challenges and barriers to students’ learning that ASD may cause. This comprehensive instructional course provides you with proven meth... more

$175
Mind and Motivation in the Student-Centered Classroom

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

What is the relationship between motivation and learning? Motivation activates and sustains goal-oriented behavior and accounts for up to 50% of performance (Mayer, 2011; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2018). Students who are motivated are more likely to be engaged in learning, persist to completion, attend school regularly, and achieve desired academic outcomes (Calder... more

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Motivating Reluctant Learners

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

According to educational research from Joyce M. Herzog, a reluctant learner is a student that is not interested in what the teacher is teaching and consequently, not able to learn within the time frame nor the manner of presentation provided (2002, as cited by 123HelpMe, February 2019). The goals and priorities for this course are intended to provide opportunities for teachers to proficiently i... more

$175
Raising Rigor in Your Classroom

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

We know about the three Rs of reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic but now we have a fourth R: rigor. We hear this buzzword everywhere in education but what does it really mean for teachers and their students? Not only do we have trouble identifying what this word actually means but educators also have trouble knowing how to put rigor into the classroom without overwhelming their students. I... more

$175
Setting Up Your Classroom for Positive Management (Mini-Course)

Clock Hours: 30    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

How our classroom is arranged can have a profound impact on student management. Emmer, Evertson, and Anderson reported results from a study of elementary schools that stated that attention to management at the beginning of the school year as well as making changes throughout the school is an essential element of a well-run classroom. At times, teachers may feel that their classrooms are small ... more

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Supporting Mathematical Proficiency for Students with Learning Disabilities

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

Becoming mathematically proficient can be daunting for any student, but for those students who do struggle due to learning disabilities, the challenge of becoming mathematically proficient is even more overwhelming. These students may have huge barriers to their success in math such as possessing knowledge and skill gaps, exhibiting learned helplessness or passive learning traits, being diagnosed ... more

$175
Supporting Our Students Through Childhood Trauma

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

The Supporting Our Students Through Childhood Trauma course provides opportunities for educators to identify a variety of classroom, environmental and societal factors that contribute to why students often experience intense stress, anxiety and trauma in their lives and to provide information on what to do to support and help students overcome any barriers they face to their personal and academic ... more

$175
Teaching Mathematics With Rigor and Results

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

Teachers will explore real instructional challenges that many teachers face in their classrooms, and will identify strategies to address such complex issues. This professional development is teacher-directed and student-centered. Throughout this course include many classroom video segments which will allow teachers to engage in a virtual lesson study process. Teachers will reflect on their inst... more

$175
Understanding Complex Textual Reading, Grades 6-12

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

The goal of the Understanding Complex Textual Reading Course is to provide opportunities to identify a variety of factors and instructional strategies to help your students become effective and fluent readers. In this course, you will be able to identify and apply the qualitative and quantitative factors that help you choose reading materials that match student needs, interests and proficiencies. ... more

$175
Using Games to Make Math Fun, Grades K-6

Clock Hours: 45    Available for: Illinois - ILTerm End Date: Jan 29, 2022

If there was a way to maximize the teaching and learning of mathematics, by making it an engaging and exciting experience, would you want to know? This is it! Games help to make learning fun, engaging and they are so motivating for our students. Using games is a great way for students to get the much-needed practice they need to build computational fluency and develop a deep conceptual unders... more

$175