Winter Session 2021 Elective Offerings

Note: The first elective listed below (EDUC-F 401) is three credits and begins after Thanksgiving.

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Section: #40250

Credit Hours: 3

Instructors: Mike Karlin (award-winning instructor and instructional-designer!)

Dates: Nov 30 – Dec 20

Description: Teaching online has become a new norm. Even without a pandemic, more and more schools are adding online learning as a required part of the curriculum. K-16 educators are now expected to have the knowledge and skills to successfully design and deliver online learning opportunities to their students. This 3-week, 3 credit hour intensive will provide an in-depth look at best-practices for teaching online. We will explore a wide variety of examples across theory and practice, while working with experts from the field. For the culminating project, you will design a fully online, peer-reviewed lesson that can be delivered in your respective area. By the end of these 3-weeks, you will have a solid, foundational understanding of best-practices for online design and delivery, as well as the skills to develop your own lessons.  

How to enroll: Complete an “eAdd” in the student system. It will route to Vicky Lewis for approval. This is considered a fall semester course, but no late fees will be assessed since it’s a later start date.

Note: All courses listed below fulfill a requirement for the Professional Distinction Certificate. Registration for these courses can be done during the spring 2021 registration period.

Section: #34676

Credit Hours: 1

Instructor: Dr. Jeff Anderson, Chair, Curriculum and Instruction (and colleague?)

Dates: January 11-29, 2021

Form of Instruction: Asynchronous

Description: This asynchronous course includes six self-paced modules that provide will an overview of classroom management, student-teacher relationships, peer-peer relationships, comprehensive classroom management planning, and responding to challenging behavior. Participants will create a draft classroom management plan for their future classroom.

Required Text: Comprehensive Classroom Management by Vern and Louise Jones

Section: #31659

Credit Hours: 1

Instructors: Taji Gibson, M.Ed, Research Associate, Center on Education and Lifelong Learning

Dates: January 11-29, 2021

Form of Instruction: Online asynchronous, with weekly whole class Zoom meetings (meeting time TBA, based on candidates’ schedule)

Description: This course is designed for educators wanting to know how to build Culturally Sustainable classrooms, understanding that both the learning and teaching of culture are fluid concepts and require flexibility and courageous conversation. Through asynchronous instruction, participants will explore the concepts of culture, implicit and explicit bias, will touch on the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and how the frame builds on a Culturally Sustainable classroom. Participants will also walk away with sample lessons and materials for creating a Culturally Sustainable classroom. The goal is to prepare a classroom that seeks inclusion and equity for all students and to develop a clear definition of what culture means to the participants’ specific students and classroom setting.

Required Text: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond

Section: #34677

Credit Hours: 1

Instructors: Katie Cierniak, Ph.D., & Laura L. Stachowski, Ph.D.

Dates: January 11-29, 2021

Form of Instruction: Online asynchronous, with weekly whole class Zoom meetings (meeting times TBA)

Description: How can we develop relationships with culturally different others? How can we embrace and dance with our discomfort when communicating across differences? In this course, we will examine multiple facets of our identities and explore how our cultural identities impact the ways in which we communicate across differences. We will utilize story circles as we practice listening for understanding, develop intercultural communication skills, and cultivate curiosity about our similarities and differences with others.

Section: #31657

Credit Hours: 1

Instructors: James Robinson, Ed.D., Center on Education and Lifelong Learning

Dates: January 11-29, 2021

Form of Instruction: blend of synchronous and asynchronous instruction

Description: The framework for Universal Design for Learning (Meyer, Rose, & Gordon, 2014) offers educators a powerful tool to help design and deliver instructional activities that are accessible to a wide range of students. This course is designed for educators who envision the work of instructional design to be the work of justice and equity, as student variability should never be an excuse for student failure. In this short course, participants will develop fluency in the purpose and structure of the UDL framework while creating sample lessons and materials that identify and remove barriers to learning. Using a blend of synchronous and asynchronous instruction, students can expect to engage in guided discussions about the framework and interactive design and feedback experiences regarding their own UDL-informed products.

Required Textbook: Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success, by Andratesha Fritzgerald.

Section: #34329

Credit Hours: 1

Instructor: Dan Melnick, Career Connections, Office of Teacher Education

Dates: January 11-29, 2021

Form of Instruction: Asynchronous

Description: Designed to help students understand the job search process for K-12 entry level teaching positions, including the following phases: determining employment outlook for major; limiting geographical area for job search; developing materials for job search, including resume, cover letter, and portfolio; registering with Career Connections.

Section: #34326

Credit Hours: 1

Instructor: Dan Melnick, Career Connections, Office of Teacher Education

Dates: January 11-29, 2021

Form of Instruction: Asynchronous

Description: This course is designed to assist the transformation from student to teacher, but not just reinforcing what students are learning in the Teacher Education Program, but by complementing education classes with experiences and discussions with classroom teachers and other education professionals. Taken entirely at the student's pace, the class utilizes the ATLAS resource library to examine effective teaching strategies, and includes attendance at live School of Education professional development events.

Section: #31658

Credit Hours: 1

Instructors: Jim Ansaldo, Ph.D., Center on Education and Lifelong Learning

Dates: January 18 – February 7, 2021 (Note different dates.)

Form of Instruction: Online synchronous

Description: Improv is the art of spontaneous theater – where plot, setting, and character are created during the moment of performance. A growing evidence base also demonstrates that improv games represent flexible, effective, and low-cost methods to support academic and social-emotional learning for all students. This interactive course will engage participants in joyful exploration of improv games that align with national arts, academic, and social-emotional learning standards, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and instructional scaffolding strategies.

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