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ELP 710C Culturally Responsible Leadership

Research and practical experience demonstrate that a student’s culture is central to learning. How do school leaders help their teachers reach students who are culturally and racially different from the teacher and/or the school they attend? How can teachers explore and find ways to connect with students and families from diverse backgrounds? This course provides thought-provoking background, discussions and hands-on strategies to help school leaders and teacher respond to issues pertaining to cultural and racial diversity.

Date: November 6 to December 4
Time: 4:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Location: TBD
Course Number: 24180
Instructor: Genelle Morris

ELP 710D School Law Update

Education Law is complex and constantly changing. Legislative initiatives, court decisions and agency determinations can quickly change what you thought you knew to be true about the law. This course will bring you up-to-date with the latest developments that impact school finance, human resources, curriculum and instruction, pupil services, students’ rights, school governance and more. Case studies and scenarios will be used to illustrate the practical impact of recent changes in school law and strategies for compliance will be discussed. The highly interactive course is intended for administrators, teachers, school board members and those with an interest in public education and the law.

Date: August 28 to September 25
Time: 4:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Location: TBD
Course Number: 24185
Instructor: Jeffrey Swiatek

ELP 710E Building and Managing School-Based Budgets

While the traditional school finance course is district-based, this course will contribute to the site-based administrator’s skill set to strategically build and implement a budget that is aligned to a district’s mission and vision. Case study analyses, individual readings, strategic method inquires, and a panel discussion will focus this hybrid course to develop the proficiencies of an aspiring (or already established) school building administrator.

Date: October 2 to October 30
Time: 4:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Location: TBD
Course Number: 24186
Instructor: Dean Ramirez

LAI 751 Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This course will provide an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and provide participants with empirically supported strategies to effectively work with children diagnosed with the disorder. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to identify characteristics of ASD and its potential impact on children diagnosed with ASD. Participants will learn about strategies which promote skill development and social interactions among children with ASD. Current trends, as well as, misconceptions will be explored to help participants positively engage with children with ASD and promote inclusive learning environments.

Date: August 28 to September 29
Location: Online
Course Number: TBD
Instructor: Dr. Cynthia Kerber-Gowan, PhD

LAI 753 Fostering Learning in Pre-School and Elementary Age Children

Children are born with a natural curiosity about themselves and the world around them. This one-credit course is designed to promote and inspire learning in children pre-school through grade four. We will explore fresh new ways of challenging youngsters to enthusiastically expand their mental boundaries by ‘thinking outside of the box.’ We will examine discovery learning through varied approaches of inquiry, reflection, and engagement. We will inspect ways to stretch the capabilities of knowledge-acquisition to meet the needs of today’s students in a rigorous and demanding world. Imagine the possibilities when we challenge youngsters to think by ‘digging deeper’ and going beyond the obvious. This course is geared for parents and educators in the field or those considering education as a profession.

Date: August 28 to early October
Location: Online
Course Number: TBD
Instructor: Annette Gervase

LAI 754 Harnessing the Excitement to Think and Learn

This one-credit course will provide teachers and parents of intermediate- age students (grades 5-8) with approaches to promote learning through meaningful and thought-provoking experiences. The class will examine ways to actively engage students in the process of acquiring knowledge and skills that will benefit them throughout their educational journey. We will explore ways intermediate age students access their learning by linking to prior understandings while empowering them to interact effectively with new knowledge. We will applaud and recognize academic accomplishments by fostering the desire to continue the learning process with rigor and complexity. This course is designed for teachers, parents, youth development workers, and individuals who are interested in learning how to foster and enrich students’ learning opportunities.

Date: Early October to November
Location: Online
Course Number: TBD
Instructor: Annette Gervase

LAI 755 Happy Kids, Happy Life: Preparing Children for Success

Teachers and parents have the greatest influence on how well children perform in school. The purpose of this course is to explore techniques and methods, which boost learning potential in children ages eight through twelve-year-old (grades 3-6). Research has shown that there is a dramatic decline in some students’ attitude towards school in the pre-adolescent years. Students’ disengagement is a real concern and threatens potential success. We will investigate effective practices for increasing student engagement through inquiry-based learning while building strong bonds between home and school settings. We will identify obstacles to academic growth by examining various perspectives. We will access resources and approaches to empower participants with the ‘tools’ to break students’ negative attitudes and performance while supporting positive learning outcomes. This one- credit course is designed for parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, and individuals seeking to learn ways to promote self-esteem, build confidence, and praise without pampering youngsters.

Date: November to December
Location: Online
Course Number: TBD
Instructor: Annette Gervase

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

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: September 11 to October 13
Location: Online
Course Number: 22763
Instructor: Ms. H. Weisburg

LIS 710 Twitter for School Librarians

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: October 23 to November 24
Location: Online
Course Number: 22764
Instructor: Ms. Maria Muhlbauer

LIS 711 Emerging Technologies for Educators

Do you want to dip your foot into emerging technologies without having to totally immerse yourself? You have the opportunity to learn about some of the emerging technologies in education as well as learn some strategies for some you might already be using. 1:1 strategies for class management, student response and formative assessments will be addressed as will new interactive collaboration tools, including apps to embed questions into videos and virtual labs to support STEM. Dr. Richard Lamb, Associate Professor and Director of the new Neurocognition Science Laboratory, will be a guest expert when we talk about Virtual Reality in education. Augmented Reality and open source apps are other topics that will be addressed. Topics will be pertinent for a classroom teacher or a school librarian. This is your opportunity to touch base on what is emerging and perhaps decide what merits further exploration for you.

Date: August 28 to September 29
Location: Online
Course Number: 24041
Instructor: Ms. Susan Allen

Information is subject to change without notice.