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

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 is neither too difficult nor too easy for students is a task which needs constant attention and adjustments on the part of the teacher. […]

Classroom Management: Keeping it Positive, Grades 6-12

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 […]

Creating Enthusiastic Student Writers, Grades 3-5

To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to learn to use writing as a way of offering and supporting opinions, demonstrating an understanding of the subjects they are studying, and conveying real and imagined experiences and events. They learn to appreciate that a key purpose of writing is to communicate clearly […]

Creating Enthusiastic Student Writers, Grade 6-8

The focus of this course is intended to provide opportunities for teachers to create a learning environment which allows students to thrive as writers. Teachers will master the foundations for student authentic writing using the model and framework of “Writer’s Workshop”. These strategies can be adapted and modified into each teacher’s classroom using these best […]

Creating Learning Classrooms for Today’s Students, Grades K-12

One of the challenges facing today’s teachers is the fact that today ’s students need to acquire skills habits of mind that were not the focus of classrooms in the past when the focus was on learning content. Today’s students need to now learn not only the content, but how to work with that content […]

Creating Meaningful Math Engagement, Grades K-12

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, […]

Creating Student Innovators, Grades K-12

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 […]

Developing Mathematical Expertise in a Problem-Centered Classroom, Grades K-12

Current State Standards for Mathematical Practice require teachers to help their students to develop the mathematical expertise or ‘habits of mind’ that will allow them to work with challenging tasks across mathematics domains. One way of developing this mathematical expertise is through the use of cognitively demanding tasks as a central lesson focus. Cognitively demanding […]

Developing Students’ Mathematical Habits of Mind, Grades K-12

Far too many students can be classified as inexperienced problem solvers who don’t know what to do when they don’t know what to do. These are the students who lack experience in making sense of and solving problems, and in communicating and using precise, appropriate mathematics and mathematics language. They have never developed the overarching […]

Differentiated Instruction Driven by Assessments (Foundations), Grades K-12

Differentiation can’t be successful without a strategically developed and implemented assessment system that includes pre-instruction assessment, continuing assessment, and culminating evaluation that frequently collaborates and incorporates students self-assessments to promote. Assessments and differentiation of instruction are inseparable.   The goals and priorities for this course are intended to provide opportunities for teachers to proficiently master implementation […]

Engaging Parents In Support of Student Learning, Grades K-12

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 […]

Equalizing Mathematics Through Differentiated Instruction, Grades K-12

Rigorous learning opportunities, conceptual understanding, increased fluency. These are all underlying goals for mathematics teaching and learning in the 21st century and mathematics teachers are challenged daily to meet these goals with all students, regardless of the students’ prior instructional experiences or current mathematical understandings. To meet these challenges, teachers are expected to be able […]

Getting Started with a STEM Classroom, Grades K-12

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 […]

Getting Started with Project-Based Learning (PBL)

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 […]

Helping the Struggling Reader Succeed in Grades 4-12

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 effective readers and writers. The focus of this course will be to support teachers by helping identify what causes readers to struggle […]

Increasing Student Engagement: Planning Outside the Box, Grades K-12

Students must engage in lessons at a deeper level than ever before. However, many educators are left wondering, what does deep engagement look like, how can I increase the level of student engagement within my classroom, and how can I do this in a way that is easy to manage, timely, and, most of all, […]

Meeting ELL Students’ Needs in Today’s Classroom, Grades K-12

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 […]

Meeting the Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Grades K-12

According to Autism Speaks (2018) the CDC has increased its estimate of autism’s prevalence by 15 percent, to 1 in 59 children. This comprehensive instructional course provides proven methods to help educators and administrators understand Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the impact that having this disability has on students and their families, as well as […]

Raising Rigor In Your Classroom, Grades K-12

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 […]

Strategies for Assessment-Driven Differentiated Instruction, Grades K-12

Instruction can be differentiated by content (teaching different content to different learners, readiness depending on what they are ready to learn); by process (using different instructional strategies with different learners, depending on different needs and “learning styles”); and/or by-product (having students produce different work products, depending on different interests and abilities). This course is intended to […]