PLC Courses

Instructional Organizers

Professional Development Credits: 3.0
Course Duration: 8 Weeks

This course features methods of teaching and learning through Graphic Organizers and Word Walls. Teachers learn to use the visual representations to help students organize ideas and thoughts, learn, and remember information. Strategies are provided for teachers to use word walls in classrooms so that students build vocabulary and build their understanding of major concepts.

Prerequisite: None

Classroom Management

Professional Development Credits: 3.0
Course Duration: 8 Weeks

This course assists teachers in organizing the classroom environment, working with students to design the rules and routines; and using strategies to foster the building of a learning environment or community. Specific strategies are suggested to limit or decrease behaviors that interfere with learning. Many classroom examples are provided for all grade levels to assist the teacher in learning and implementing these strategies in the classroom.

Prerequisite: None

Progress Monitoring

Professional Development Credits: 3.0
Course Duration: 8 Weeks

Teachers learn to use rubrics in all subject areas to set learning expectations and to help students become active learners who take responsibility for their own learning. In the editing module, teachers learn to edit and provide specific feedback based on the rubrics analysis. They also learn strategies to build the students’ editing skills. The editing will apply to writing and well as other skills. Many classroom examples are provided for all grade levels to assist the teacher in learning and implementing these strategies in the classroom.

Prerequisite: Instructional Organizers and Classroom Management

Developmental Strategies

Professional Development Credits: 3.0
Course Duration: 8 Weeks

This course assists teachers in understanding the stages in child and adolescent development. Those stages will relate to cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development. Teachers will learn strategies that facilitate student growth in these areas. The strategies will focus on all aspects of the classroom from the decision making to the way instruction is delivered. Many examples are provided for all grade levels to assist the teacher in understanding these stages and using effective strategies in the classroom.

Prerequisite: Instructional Organizers and Classroom Management

Active Learning Strategies

Semester Professional Development Credits: 1
Course Duration: 8 Weeks

Power Strategies for Student Engagement covers methods of teaching and learning through Partnering and Note taking. Teachers learn to use partnering to build students’ communication and thinking skills; improve oral language development; and provide active learning. In the note taking module, teachers learn effective strategies for students to use in a variety of listening situations. Effective note taking helps students learn information and build concepts in any subject. Many classroom examples are provided for all grade levels to assist the teacher in learning and implementing these strategies in the classroom.

Prerequisite: Progress Monitoring and Developmental Strategies

Differentiated Learning Strategies

Professional Development Credits: 3.0
Course Duration: 8 Weeks

This course focuses on the special instructional needs related to special education, gifted, and English Language Learners. Teachers learn how to use learning styles, and differentiated learning to engage learners. Specific strategies are suggested for the various populations. Many examples are provided for all grade levels to assist the teacher in learning and implementing effective strategies in the classroom.

Prerequisite: Progress Monitoring and Developmental Strategies

Critical Thinking Strategies

Professional Development Credits: 3.0
Course Duration: 8 Weeks

Power Strategies for Teaching Comprehension covers methods of teaching and learning through Reflection and Summarizing. Teachers learn to design frequent opportunities for students to reflect about the important concepts in the subjects. Based on brain research, reflection means “thinking about learning” and is effective for use in all grades and subject areas to help students learn Students use these reflections to remember information, build concepts, and solidify learning. Teachers learn to assign summaries to organize those reflections. Many classroom examples are provided for all grade levels to assist the teacher in learning and implementing these strategies in the classroom.

Prerequisite: Active Learning Strategies and Differentiated Learning Strategies

Curriculum and Standards

Professional Development Credits: 3.0
Course Duration: 8 Weeks

This course builds teacher understanding about academic curriculum content and assessments. Types of assessment are explored and strategies for developing classroom and content assessments related to curriculum are presented. Teachers will learn how to relate the curriculum and assessments to state, provincial, or country standards. Many examples are provided for all grade levels to assist the teacher in learning and implementing effective curriculum and assessment strategies in the classroom.

Prerequisite: Active Learning Strategies and Differentiated Learning Strategies

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