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CEP 752 Bullying Prevention and Intervention

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This course will provide an overview of the different types of bullying (physical, verbal, relational, and cyberbullying) with a focus on children and adolescents. The short- and long-term impact of bullying for those involved as perpetrators, targets, and bystanders will be discussed. Develop expertise in evaluating bullying prevention and intervention programs and approaches that are based on sound research principles. This course is designed for teachers, administrators, youth development workers, and individuals who are interested learning how to deal with this complex issue.

Date: August 2016 to December 2016
Location: Online
Course Number: 21560
Instructor: Kathleen P. Allen, Ph.D.

CEP 753 Adolescent Social Drama

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Not everything is bullying! This course can be taken along with CEP 752 or as a standalone. It provides an in depth look at adolescent social drama, a newly defined construct related to bullying and conflict. This course will define drama, investigate its links to identity and sexual development, adolescent personality traits and group behaviors, explore why adolescents “do” drama, and suggest prevention and intervention approaches to reduce the amount of drama teens create and the damage that it does. This course is designed for teachers, administrators, youth development workers, and individuals who are interested in focusing in on the role of drama in adolescent development.

Date/Time: Aug-Dec 2016
Location: Online
Course Number: 24999
Instructor: Kathleen P. Allen, Ph.D.

ELP 710 (A) New York State’s Educational Transition

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In this one credit hour course participants will learn about important changes made to many of the reforms that constituted the Race to The Top movement: Common Core Learning Standards, Annual Professional Performance Review, NYS 3-8 tests, and the Opt Out Movement. The main goal of this course is to equip parents, teachers, and school administrators with the resources necessary to stay informed of New York State's rapidly changing educational system. Various scholarly readings and educational videos will be used in this 1 credit hour online course.

Date: Begins 9/21/16 for six weeks
Location: Online
Course Number: 24998
Instructor: Lisa Blake

ELP 710 (B) Computer Based Testing in Classroom

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New York State, along with many nationally based testing programs are slowly moving online to a Computer Based Testing (CBT) format. How are we adequately preparing ourselves and our students for the differences of assessments taken in an online environment? Within this online course we will look at the criteria for creating quality assessments, the Computer Based Testing landscape and emerging research, and also different computer based tools teachers can use to both formatively and summatively assess student learning. Course work will involve reading articles, viewing webinars/video instruction, and applying your learning through assessment design and reflection of learning. The course will include 6 weeks of online instruction beginning on 9/21/16.

Date: Begins 9/21/16 for six weeks
Location: Online
Course Number: 24479
Instructor: Katy Berner-Wallen

LAI 751 The Translanguaging Classroom

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Emergent bilinguals (often called English Language Learners or ELLs) are the fastest growing population in U.S. schools. In this environment of increasing linguistic diversity, teachers need deeper understandings and a broader range of practical tools for approaching their instruction – whether they are ESL teachers or not – so that their teaching is meaningful and effective and so that children know that all of their languages are valued. The work of a prominent scholar (Ofelia García), who also happens to be based in and very active in New York State, has proposed the idea of translanguaging, which refers to the natural way in which multilingual people use language. She further suggests that teaching and learning would benefit if we drew more consciously on this natural practice of multilingual people and communities. In this course, the instructors (both with experience working on the New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals that Ofelia García leads and one currently working in the Buffalo Public Schools) will first introduce the concepts of dynamic bilingualism and translanguaging, focusing especially on what translanguaging looks like in classrooms. The group will then adopt a coaching type model and use the Translanguaging Guide (a rich resource available for free online through the CUNY-NYSIEB project) to select and practice strategies that will work in the participants’ particular classroom contexts. The goal is to help participants envision and then begin creating a translanguaging classroom for themselves. All teachers (not just ESL or bilingual teachers) are invited to join the class. The only prerequisite is the desire to better address the needs of multilingual students in the classroom!

Date: Every other Wed (6 meetings) - starting 9/14 - 12/7
Time: 4:00pm-6:30pm
Location: UB’s Downtown Gateway Building
Course Number: 24979
Instructor: Mike Duffy & Erin Kearney

LAI 752 / LIS 703 Unity is Strength... Teacher/Librarian Collaboration Advances Student Achievement

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“Unity is strength ... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved” (poet Mattie Stepanek). Research has shown that teachers and librarians working together as learning teams can increase student achievement. Methods of collaborating, strategies for increasing student engagement through inquiry-based learning, and developing a collaboration model that can be used in multiple collaborative situations are elements of this course. Teachers will discover how their work load can be lightened and their teaching revitalized by sharing the load with the school librarian. Librarians will gain insight into how they can effectively be an instructional and collaboration partner for the classroom teacher. Working together helps wonderful things happen for our students.

Date: TBA
Location: Online
Course Number: 10850
Instructor: Susan Allen

LAI 753 Enrichment Activities for Parents of Elementary Children

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The purpose of this course is to provide parents of elementary-aged children with practical educational enrichment activities. This course will explore ways to engage children in cognitively complex tasks while building on foundational knowledge and skills.

Date: 9/5 -10-7, 2016
Location: Online
Course Number: 21470
Instructor: Annette Gervase

LAI 754 Maximizing Learning for Children in Every Environment

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This course is designed to help parents and guardians of elementary children convert everyday experiences into meaningful and organized learning connections. Locating appropriate educational environments and making the most of the learning opportunities will be investigated.

Date: 10/10 - 11/11, 2016
Location: Online
Course Number: 21512
Instructor: Annette Gervase

LAI 755 Taking the “Bla” out of Blackboard: Effectively Utilizing Learning Management Systems

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Learning Management Systems (LMS) have become ubiquitous in higher education classrooms. Unfortunately, few faculty take full advantage of the features available to them. This 1-credit course will introduce LMS within the context of the modern classroom. We will examine ways to stretch the capabilities of the LMS to meet the needs of today’s students.

Date: 10/3-11/4
Location: Online
Course Number: 23076
Instructor: Jeremiah Grabowski

LAI 756 Instructional Design for the Higher Ed. Faculty

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This 1-credit course will introduce higher education faculty to the basics of instructional design within the context of today’s ever-evolving classroom environment. Instructional design is the development of instruction using a combination of learning and instructional theory. This practical course will examine best practices for designing traditional, hybrid, and online courses.

Date: 8/29-9/30
Location: Online
Course Number: 10853
Instructor: Jeremiah Grabowski

LAI 757 Introduction to Gamification and Other Alternative Engagement Methods

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This 1-credit course will introduce gamification and examine how it is being integrated in higher education. We will answer the question, what is it about games that keep people engaged, and how can it translate into the classroom? In addition to gamification we will also investigate other alternative engagement methods such as simulations, debates, and case studies.

Date/Time: 11/7-12/9
Location: Online
Course Number: 10851
Instructor: Jeremiah Grabowski

LAI 758 Using Popular Culture and Digital Media to Enhance Literature Instruction

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Throughout the duration of this class, educators will participate in activities designed to enhance the reading of Shakespeare's Hamlet and Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. Using popular culture and digital media tools like iMovie, participants will engage in close readings of the texts through the creation of visual, digital, and textual artifacts. Some potential projects include, movie posters, book trailers, found poems, podcasts, digital character collages, mixed-tapes, and character/personal online blogs. The culminating project will be a multi-genre composition that showcases participants' literacy exploration during the course of the semester.  In addition to the activities listed above, we will also explore current research in New Literacies, Digital Media, and Adolescent Literacies in order to construct an understanding and appreciation for literature instruction that values both the in-school and out-of-school literacy practices of our students.  Although this course will focus on works by Shakespeare & Sherman Alexie all the activities can be adapted to fit any work of literature.

Date/Time: Hybrid; Wednesday 9/7-11/2/2016
Time: 4:10-6:50 pm
Location: TBA
Course Number: 21513
Instructor: Nichole Barrett

LAI 759 Core Practices in Culture Teaching

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Culture is at the core of foreign language education as well as state and national standards, yet the specific instructional practices and routines teachers can employ to effectively create opportunities for cultural learning are little studied and rarely addressed in teacher education or professional development.  Anchored in Dr. Kearney’s eight years of classroom-based research in pre-school, K-12 and university-level foreign language classrooms, this course will first present several core practices in effective culture teaching, illustrating these with video examples from the classrooms she has studied.  The focus of the course will move quickly from presentation of information and analysis of others’ teaching to hands-on experimentation with these core practices through a collaborative coaching model.  Participants will choose one or two of the core culture teaching practices to implement in their own teaching, will practice them in the group setting and then will prepare for and execute these instructional innovations in their own classrooms.  Participants will collect information in order to analyze the impact of this implementation and to inform the design of new rounds of innovation.  By the end of the course, participants will have enhanced knowledge of core practices in culture teaching as well as direct practice at implementing some of these in their own particular classroom contexts.

Date/Time: Every Other Wednesday (6 meetings) Starting 9/21-12/14
Time: 4:00-6:30pm
Location: Baldy Arranged
Course Number: 24972
Instructor: Dr. Erin Kearney

LAI 798 Conversations about Race in Education

This course is designed to have conversations about race and the role it plays within our education system in the United States. With racial tensions on the rise it is essential for educators to engage critically and reflectively about the racial nuances that manifest themselves. This course is geared for educators in the field or those considering education as a profession. At the end of this course students will be able to engage in race related conversations about education so that they may gain a greater understanding of their role as an educator within a system.

Date/Time: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Course Number: 25562
Instructor: Monica Ridgeway

LIS 707 Becoming a Vital Member of Your School Community – Leadership for Librarians

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Overwhelmed by the requirements of the job, most school librarians overlook the necessity of becoming leaders in their building (and district). Being a leader is a pre-requisite to advocacy, and only through a focused advocacy plan can librarians thrive in the current economic conditions. Beginning with creating a mission and vision statement which help focus a library program, students will discuss the value of becoming a leader and identify what are leadership qualities, which ones they already have, which they need to develop, and how to do so. Next students will discover the distinctions between PR, Marketing, and Advocacy and learn how to use them to position their program. They will develop taglines, learn about branding, and write their “elevator speeches.” Finally they will put everything together, and with guidance on how to draft a mini-strategic plan, will craft an advocacy plan for the next three years. With that in place they will be able to complete a school year knowing what they accomplished and where they need to go next.

Date/Time: August 29th - Sept. 30th Online
Location: Online
Course Number: 25187
Instructor: Ms. H. Weisburg

LIS 710 Twitter for School Librarians

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Looking for fresh ideas for your school library? Twitter provides 24/7 access to the latest and greatest ideas in education. Learn to develop your own Twitter presence through engaging activities, readings, viewings, and discussions. This course is self-paced and of value to teacher librarians and other educators who wish to use Twitter for professional purposes. Participants with all levels of Twitter experience will gain new and valuable knowledge about social media. Leave with a toolbox of tips, tricks, and hashtags to stay connected to current trends in the education world.

Date/Time: Oct. 24th-November 25th Online
Location: Online
Course Number: 25188
Instructor: Ms. Maria Muhlbauer

Information is subject to change without notice.