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PRDV 74717 – Teaching Science Through the Inquiry Process (3 Graduate Credits)

“Teaching Science through the inquiry process” is a 3-credit course focusing on inquiry-based learning and scientific discourse.  At its simplest, scientific inquiry is the way in which scientist examine the natural world and attempt to explain their observations.  In many cases, an answer leads to further questions.  The National Science  Teachers Association (NSTA) recommends that all K-16 teachers embrace scientific inquiry in their classroom in order to help ensure that students develop a deep understanding of science.  The course  explores the current pedagogical model of scientific inquiry.  Participants will examine the different levels of inquiry, discuss potential obstacles when implementing an inquiry -based classroom, and identify ways in which inquiry can be extended to other subjects.

Note:  All course material will be provided online.

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Instructor: Tim Twohig Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 78615 – Instructional Use of Technology in the Social Studies Classroom (3 Graduate Credits)

Those with beginner level computer knowledge and above are welcome to make Internet technology an integral element of curriculum & nbsp;learning for Social Studies. You will be introduced to practice accessing, using, and critically evaluating services such as the World Wide Web, file transferring, importing graphics and data. Practice using Web browsers, customizing browsers, and locating resources for specific curriculum needs. We will design charts and posters using the computer for paste-up lettering, clip arts, creative borders and other graphics.The class will create and present Social Studies curriculum related projects, and share ideas and knowledge relating to the products. This course is designed in accordance with the Department of Education’s Benchmark Standards, providing basic technology training, which is required by all teachers. This course will provide educators with new ideas to help their own students use Word and the Web, to create quality research projects importing graphics and data.

Materials Fee: $10:00 Paid at first class to instructor.

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Instructor: Margaret Reiche Location: O’Donnell Middle School, Stoughton Date: January 28 – April 29 Time: 3:45 pm – 7:00 pm Materials Fee $10 paid at first class to instructor.

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PRDV 73815 – Weaving the Internet Into Your Curriculum (3 Graduate Credits)

This class introduces the educational resources available on the Internet. Using classroom curriculum as a foundation, teachers learn about telecommunications using e-mail, listservs and newsgroups. The use of audio and graphics, creation of web pages and how to do research on the World Wide Web are also covered.

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Instructor: Jane Greenberg Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 70317 – Images of Women in American Film Pt. 2 (1960-Present – 3 Graduate Credits)

Part 1 of the Women in Film course is not a prerequisite to Part 2

In this course we will explore how the Hollywood Moguls shaped our views of women and womanhood. We will explore how accurately, or inaccurately, women and their lives were portrayed to the masses. In the first part of this course, films of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s were examined. In this course, we will use the lenses of history, law, psychology, and sociology to study and analyze how well the films of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s communicated the roles and the realities of women in the U.S.

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Instructor: Marilyn Berman Location: Stoughton High School Dates: January 29 – April 30 Time: 3:45 pm – 7:00 pm

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PRDV 78314 – Strategies for Reaching and Reclaiming Today’s Students (3 Graduate Credits)

Considers a combination of theories, strategies, and practices to address the needs of children and students at risk in the educational setting. Building upon traditional philosophy and educational commitment with current research and proven strategies, this course strives to fulfill the promise that all children and teachers can succeed. Participants explore the motives surrounding misbehavior and the desire to learn; how to create a Circle of Caring in the community and school, and consider specific interventions, strategies, and techniques to avoid and to diffuse potential conflict situations. Strategies for resolving conflict and for drawing troubled students back into the Circle of Caring are presented.

All materials provided within the course online.

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Location: Online Instructor: Ed Holland Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 77314 – The Journal:The Use of Creative Writing to Enhance Curriculum (3 Graduate Credits)

An online course that explores the uses of the journal in the classroom to complement and enhance the study of any subject area. Various creative writing techniques are explored, along with journal-writing exercises which can be applied to individual teacher’s subject areas.

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Instructor: Ann Shultz Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 75017 – Including Special Needs in the Classroom (3 Graduate Credits)

Designed to assist classroom teachers in recognizing typical and atypical development, to assist teachers in assessing deviance levels between handicapped and non-handicapped students, and to strategize on the most effective means of ameliorating differences. Theoretical constructs, handicapping conditions, and associated learning problems are examined. The most common approaches to both formal and informal assessment and to methodological approaches for reducing the gap between abilities and achievement through inclusive participation in the least restrictive instructional setting are also explained.

All materials provided within the course online.

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Instructor: Ed Holland Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 75215 – Children’s Literature in the Classroom (3 Graduate Credits)

Students in this learner-centered course will explore guidelines for evaluating children’s literature; explore and select literature that recognizes the different developmental needs of elementary school children; examine the changing world of children’s books; help children make literature connections to their own lives; develop a literature reading program for students; and study the works of selected authors and illustrators.

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Instructor: Ann Shultz Location: Online January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 76915 – Preparing Educators to Use Technology (3 Graduate Credits)

This course will be taught entirely online. It introduces educators to a basic understanding of information technology operations including microcomputer concepts and Microsoft Office applications. Participants will learn to integrate technology into their classes in instructionally valid ways.

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Instructor: Jane Greenberg Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 76818 – Using Technology to Enhance Mathematics Instruction (3 Graduate Credits)

Focuses on how technology can be used as a tool to support student and teacher inquiry, problem solving, and higher order thinking skills in mathematics. Using the design principles and strategies of the Good Models for Teaching with Technology (GMOTT) this course guides participants through the design of curriculum units that can be used in their classroom., school, or district. Creating the unit will strengthen the teachers’ understanding of how to design, use, and promote effective models of technology enhanced mathematics instruction.

Materials Fee: $10.00 Paid at first class to instructor

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Instructor: Margaret Reiche Location: O’Donnell Middle School, Stoughton Dates: January 27 – April 28 Time: 3:45 pm – 7:00 pm Former # 18.768 Materials Fee $10.00, payable at first class.

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PRDV 78914 – Developing Instructional Materials for the Classroom (3 Graduate Credits)

The participants will explore and utilize the philosophical and educational principles fundamental to the effective creation of learning materials to the elementary classroom. The criteria for developing manipulatives as well as various techniques and principals in creating and using these materials will be presented. Thematic units and integrated curricula that will directly enhance, enrich and supplement any content area will also be developed.

Please bring your own supplies.
Examples; paper, scissors, markers, glue or tape and resource books.

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Instructor: Theodora Nikopoulos Location: Canton High School Date: January 29 – April 30 Time: 3:45 pm – 7:00 pm

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PRDV 76115 Enhancing English Language Learning in the Elementary Classroom (3 Graduate Credits)

Designed for educators grade K-8 to engage students in the language that is all around them. Participants share methods to create a classroom environment that fosters language development. Writing experiences that develop solid language skills are demonstrated, along with the use of literature as a method of language modeling.

Formerly Titled: Processing Language Development in the Classroom – PRDV76115

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Instructor: Jennifer Measor-Hunter Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 77521 Understanding Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) – (3 Graduate Credits)

This course will address issues related to Attention/Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) including diagnosis, symptomology, parenting strategies, teaching strategies, and research-based interventions.

Required Text: School Success for Kids with ADHD by Stephen Silverman, Jacqueline Iseman & Sue Jeweler, 2009.

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Instructor: Sara Hurwitz Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 78816 Teacher Expectations and Student Achievement (3 Graduate Credits)

This course examines literature linking teacher expectations to student achievement. Participants examine characteristics of perceived low and high achievers, teacher behaviors that represent teacher expectations, and how to develop goals for changes in behaviors.

Required Text:  Jackson, Robyn. (2009)  Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching.

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Instructor: Jennifer Savage Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 75919 Assessment and Identification of Learning Disabilities (3 Graduate Credits)

Assessment and Identification of Learning Disabilities is for professionals who engage in the process of evaluation, identification and treatment of students with learning disabilities, including special education teachers, school psychologists and educational diagnosticians. This 36-hour course will explore past, present and modern definitions of LD. Carroll-Horn-Cattell (CHC) theory will be outlined as a guiding theoretical framework for the assessment process. Numerous achievement tests will be reviewed and practiced. Research between LD and intellectual ability will be reviewed. Participants will be exposed to a variety of case studies and will learn strategies for computer scoring, report writing and team meeting presentation.

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Instructor: Shawn Seybert Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 74417 The Effects of Childhood Disorders on Personality Development (3 Graduate Credits)

Enables participants to understand and assess the impact of several developmental disorders on the emerging personality of the child and on adolescent development. Participants will review theories of personality development of five current syndromes that affect personality development. Participants will learn how to differentiate psychopathology from similarly appearing behavior manifestations that are concomitants of developmental disorders and to develop appropriate treatment orientations.

Required Text: Child and Adolescent Development, Danuta Bukatko. (Houghton-Mifflin Co.)  Questions found in text and on assignment page in Blackboard.  Similar resources may be used to answer questions assigned. Diagnostic Standard Manual of Psychiatric Disorders (DSM IV) (just a few chapters)

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Instructor: Jane Mitchell Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 77214 Personality Types and Teaching Effectiveness (3 Graduate Credits)

This is an on-line where the participants will develop strategies to enhance teaching effectiveness through definition and analysis of personality types. The use of enneagrams to identify personality types is considered.We are all driven by a deep inner restlessness. We may feel this restlessness as a sense that something is missing in us. We have all sorts of notions about what we think we need or want, a better job, a better relationship, a better car. We believe if we get any of these things we will feel satisfied and that restlessness feeling will go away. But experience teaches us that the new job or relationship only makes us feel better for a short time. In this course you will learn about different personality types and how learning about them will change your point of view on a number of issues. This course will help you answer the question, “So what are we really looking for.”

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Instructor: Deb Penny-Shaw Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 77915 Self-Esteem and Character Education (3 Graduate Credits)

A person’s self-esteem impacts one’s capabilities in decision-making, problem solving, time efficient concentration, academic achievement and in being a productive citizen, all areas promoted by the Education Reform Act. One’s self worth also impacts the development or demise of one’s character. This course will explore reasons why character is compromised in the “at-risk” individual and will discuss effective strategies for the teacher and student. This course is applicable to all content areas because it utilizes scientific, research based information to compare qualitative and quantitative curriculum application.

Book Fee $28.00, payable to instructor at first class.

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Location: Braintree High School Instructor: Eileen Page Dates: January 26 – April 13 TIme: 3:45 pm – 7:30 pm

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PRDV 79421 – Blended Teaching and Learning (3 Graduate Credits)

This three credit course examines the common features of hybrid courses including the delivery of the syllabus, effective online lectures, readings and assignments on web pages; discussions and presentations through online message boards, e-mail and chat; interactive tutorials and labs; and on-line assessments. Participants determine what aspects of their curriculum are best suited to presentation online, create new approaches to communicating in the classroom and create active independent learning experiences for students.

Course Formerly Titled: Online Extended Teaching

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Instructor: Jeannette McNair Location: Onlline Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 75917 – Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 Graduate Credits)

This course is designed to introduce teachers to the diagnosis of autism and to provide practical strategies for teaching students with autism. Topics of focus will include the DSM-IV diagnosis of autism, the possible causes and treatments for autism, the academic strengths and weaknesses of students with autism, and strategies for teaching students with autism in the general education setting.

Required Text:

Fein, D. & Dunn, M.A. (2007) Autism in your classroom: A general
educator’s guide to students with autism spectrum disorders.

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Instructor: Sara Hurwitz Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 78622 The Changing American Family Through Film (3 Graduate Credits)

Capturing our student’s attention and motivating them toward excellence is the greatest obstacle teachers face. Although there are many distractions that draw our students away from focusing on their education; as teachers we know the most powerful influence in their lives can be their families. Students search for answers to life’s problems with friends, online, and on social networking websites, sometimes with teachers and staff members but, often not within their own families. Many in society lament the end of the family as we have known it and the deterioration of family units due to divorce, mobility, poverty, crime and substance abuse. Few celebrate the new and innovative forms of the family, which are evolving to accommodate the many changes in society.

This course will introduce teachers to a variety of films which may be used as powerful tools in the classroom to stimulate discussion on a variety of societal issues regarding the family including: evolving definitions and formulations of the family; legal issues surrounding families, cultural conflict resulting from immigration, assimilation and generational differences, the economy, the impact of mental illness and disability and addiction on the family. Additionally we will consider current public policy issues, especially civil rights, which relate to the family. The films we will view come from a variety of genres: comedy, drama, and satire among others.

 

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Instructor: Marilyn Berman Location: Stoughton High School Date: January 28 – April 29 Time: 3:45 pm – 7:00 pm

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PRDV 79622 – Prevention and Intervention of Bullying (3 Graduate Credits)

This course will present realistic and effective strategies (as determined through professional practice and current research) for the prevention and intervention of bullying in a variety of environmental contexts. The spectrum of bullying types, impacts of bullying on perpetrators and victims, and strategies to mediate bullying behaviors will be examined in depth.

Required Text:  Bullying Prevention & Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools by Swearer, S. M., Espelage, D.L., & Napolitano, S. A. (2009).  Available from www.guilford.com

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Instructor: Sara Hurwitz Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 76622 Working With Words: Vocabulary Instruction That Boosts Achievement (3 Graduate Credits)

This course explores the development of vocabulary learning and its impact on academic achievement. Participants will focus on developing research-based strategies to support word consciousness, word attack skills, and reading comprehension with k-6 students. Participants will utilize vocabulary assessment to guide their instruction. Topics will include orthographic knowledge, morphemic analysis, content area vocabulary, utilizing read-aloud effectively, and supporting at-risk populations (ELL, struggling readers, and special education students).

Required Text: Vocabulary Instruction For Academic Success. Yopp, H., Yopp, R.H. and Bishop, A. (2009). Shell Education. Huntington Beach, CA.

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Instructor:Sarah Eccleston Location:Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 78123 Comprehensive Study of Child Abuse and Neglect for the Classroom Teachers (3 Graduate Credits)

This course will identify and explore methods used in the identification of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and neglect with an emphasis on developing skills for working with children and families.  The course will explore methods of referral to public and private agencies in Massachusetts that deal with investigation and treatment and review current federal, state and local child abuse laws. The course is designed to educate individuals in all aspects of child maltreatment including procedures, documentation, and interpretation of policies.

Required Text: Horton, Connie Burrows, PhD, Cruise, Tracey K., (2001), Child Abuse and Neglect:  The School’s Response, The Guilford Press. There will also be several articles and online readings required.  The text can be purchased through www.amazon.com.

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Instructor: Meg Kennedy, E.Ed. Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 78423 Social Effects of Media on Children (3 Graduate Credits)

This course will explore the role of media in the lives of children and adolescents.  The course will cover three areas: 1.) how the media impacts children socially, 2) Popular television shows, websites, and print that is at the forefront of the media environment. 3). Media policy issues, parent controls, and advocacy.  Through class discussion, reflection, readings, and assignments, students will examine the impact of media outlets on children in America.

Required Text: Kirsh, Steven, J. (2009) Media and Youth: A Developmental Perspective. Wiley-Blackwell. www.amazon.com

 

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Instructor: Meg Kennedy, M.Ed. Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 77923 Teaching English/Language Arts in the 21st Century (3 Graduate Credits)

This course will provide an overview of appropriate strategies for teaching English/Language Arts using methods that appeal to 21st century skills. This course will also be an opportunity for educators to collaborate regarding specific effective strategies and to gain a better understanding of the obstacles that both adolescents and educators face in English/Language Arts in the 21st century. The course will cover the main areas of teaching English/Language Arts including: 1.) how to effectively teach adolescent literature 2) how to effectively teach adolescent writing 3) how to incorporate grammatical and vocabulary instruction 4) the direction that teaching literature and writing to adolescents will be go in the future. Through class discussion, reflection, readings, and assignments, students will examine the impact of the 21st century on teaching English/Language Arts to adolescents.

Required Text:  Burke, Jim. The English Teacher’s Companion.  3rd Edition.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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Instructor: Jennifer Savage Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 79824 – Reading and Writing Non-Fiction in the Primary Grades (3 Graduate Credits)

This course explores techniques and strategies for using nonfiction texts in the classroom. Students will consider comprehension strategies that support reading to learn nonfiction and consider models of instruction that integrate nonfiction text across content areas. Students will also consider strategies that support primary grade expository writing including the use of mentor texts, author studies, and common core standards.

Required Texts: Gear, A. (2008) Nonfiction Reading Power: Teaching Students How To Think While They Read All Kinds of Info. (grK-8).  Stenhouse Pub. NY, NY ISBN#978-155138-229-6.     

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Instructor:Sarah Eccleston Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 76715 Cooperative Learning (3 Graduate Credits)

Students learn the various components of the cooperative process and also explore the attitudes and mindsets necessary to be effective individually and as a group. These skills can ultimately be transferred from the classroom to effective living and productive citizenship in the community. Some of the interdisciplinary topics include strategies for acquiring a mindset of flexibility and adaptability, cause and effect issues in relationship building, fair and equitable responsibility distribution, team building techniques and leadership development, and the impact of mental, emotional and physical stress on goal-setting, performance, and productivity. This course is applicable to all subjects and grade levels inclusive of special education, physical education, applied sciences, art, music, vocational and nursing.

Supply Fee $27.00 paid at first class to instructor.

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Instructor: Eileen Page Location: Braintree High School Dates: January 27 – April 14 Time: 3:45 pm – 7:30 pm

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PRDV 77123 – Response to Intervention (RTI): Concepts and Applications for Educators (3 Graduate Credits)

Response to Intervention (RTI):  Concepts and Applications for Educators is a 36-hour course that will provide educators with knowledge to help them understand RTI concepts and learn to apply them to their daily work with students.  Participants will learn key service delivery components such as systematic student data collection, defined instructional decision-making criteria and application of scientifically based core programs and interventions in order to help educators operate within a RTI framework via a continuum of services.  Students will be empowered by learning about research- and data-based assessment and instructional tools that will help them accurately identify student’s progress toward performance standards, implement core instruction and intervention supports with effectiveness for students and progress monitor and refine educational decisions to ensure student attainment of defined standards.  This course will help educators understand that properly implemented RTI serves as the basis for an integrated support system for all students.  Participants will learn to be critical consumers in evaluating RTI research with practical implications.

 

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Instructor: Shawn Seybert Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 79624 Understanding and Preventing Violence in Schools (3 Graduate Credits)

This course is designed for education professionals, interested in understanding and preventing school violence. This course will explore the social causes of violence in the school setting with a focus on race, class and gender.  Many schools today (grades k-12) focus their attention on unlikely violence such as gun violence while ignoring violence that takes place regularly on school campuses like bullying, assaults, sexual assaults, intimidation, hate crime and harassment.  The course will cover various types of violence, from fighting and sexual harassment to bullying and suicide and other forms of “hidden violence” that often go unreported.  Students will identify stakeholders and explore potential solutions to modify popular school anti-violence trends and pedagogy.

Required Text: Thomas, R. Murray, (2009). Violence in America’s Schools: Prevention and Responses. Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT.  Available in new/used and electronic format from www.amazon.com at a very low cost.

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Instructor: James Barrett Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 79524 Common Core Math: Adapting Best Practices Grade K-5 (3 Graduate Credits)

A guide for elementary educators to help manage the transition to the Common Core mathematics curriculum. Participants will take an in-depth look at the new Common Core documents versus the existing Massachusetts Curriculum Framework to find commonalities and differences, focusing on the rationale, depth, and complexity of topics presented in the Common Core. Best practice strategies for reaching all learners will be examined. All participants will leave the course with a binder of innovative ideas aligned with the Common Core, and ready for use in their own classrooms.

Required Text:

Kendall, J., Understanding Common Core State Standards. McREL, Denver, CO, 2011; ISBN 978-1-4166-1331-2.

Tate, M. L., Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain, Pre-K-8. Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2009; ISBN 978-1-4129-5333-7.

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Instructor: Amy Ryan Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 76117 Adolescent Literacy in the Content Areas (3 Graduate Credits)

This three credit course examines the common features of hybrid courses including the delivery of the syllabus, effective online lectures, readings and assignments  on web pages; discussions and presentations through online message boards, e-mail and chat; interactive tutorials and labs; and on-line assessments.  Participants determine what aspects of their curriculums are best suited to presentation online, create new approaches to reading in the classroom and create active independent learning experiences for students that encourage the growth of literacy in the classroom environment

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Instructor: Jeannette McNair Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 77124 Connecting to the ELA Common Core (Pre-k-5) – (3 Graduate Credits)

This course explores the development, organization, and implementation of the Massachusetts ELA Common Core (March 2011). Participants will focus on the implications for school reform and unpack the 10 College and Career Readiness Anchor standards that span grades Pre-K through 5. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of skill development across the grades in the areas of reading (text types and purposes: narrative and informational text, and foundational skills), writing (text type and purposes: narrative, argumentative, informational), speaking & listening (comprehension & collaboration, presentation of knowledge and ideas), and language (conventions, knowledge, & vocabulary acquisition). This knowledge and understanding will be utilized to align curriculum with Common Core objectives and to design lesson plans. Lesson plans will be designed within a unit of study that aligns to the ELA Common Core.

Required Text:

Calkins, L., Ehrenworth, M., Lehman, C. (2012). Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement. Heinemann: Portsmouth, N.H.

Owocki, Gretchen (2012).The Common Core Lesson Book k-5, Heinemann: Portsmouth, N.H.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (March 2011). Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy. Mass DOE: Malden, MA.

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Instructor: Sarah Eccleston Location: Online Date: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 77424 Common Core Math: Adapting Best Practices, Middle School (Grades 6-8) – (3 Graduate Credits)

A guide for middle school educators to help manage the transition to the Common Core mathematics curriculum. Participants will take an in-depth look at the new Common Core documents versus the existing Massachusetts Curriculum Framework to find commonalities and differences, focusing on the rationale, depth, and complexity of topics presented in the Common Core. Best practice strategies for reaching all learners will be examined. All participants will leave the course with a binder of innovative ideas aligned with the Common Core, and ready for use in their own classrooms.

Required Text:

Kendall, J., Understanding Common Core State Standards. McREL, Denver, CO, 2011; ISBN 978-1-4166-1331-2.

Tate, M. L., Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain, Pre-K-8. Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2009; ISBN 978-1-4129-5333-7.

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Instructor: Amy Ryan Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 72424 – Comics: 21st Century Literature in the Classroom (6-12)

Comics in the classroom!? Absolutely! This is a hands-on course designed as a step-by-step approach for integrating comics into your classroom. From yesteryear’s lowly comic strip to recent Pulitzer Prize winners, the medium has risen to a new level of scope and craft, worthy of use in the classroom. Indeed, comics’ multiple elements of image, text, and panel design require complex decoding to discover narrative. You will read a variety of comics and graphic novels suitable for supporting cross-curricular instruction—biographical, non-fiction titles in science and math, historical, etc.

Questions we will consider include: What is a graphic novel? Why is reading comics more challenging than reading print texts? Can pictures tell a story? Are comics literature? What does it mean to be visually literate? How does the study of comics fit into the 21st century’s need for visual literacy? You will perform independent research and bring your discoveries to class. Throughout the semester, discussions and assignments will build a conceptual framework for compiling a comics resource library for your classroom.

Required Text: The Graphic Novel Classroom, POWerful Teaching and Learning with Images, Maureen Bakis. Corwin Publishing. 2012.
Graphic Novel Reading List:
(May be purchased or loaned from a library.)
Eisner, Will. The Contract with God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue (A Contract With God, A Life Force, Dropsie Avenue). New York: W. W. Norton, 2005. Print.
Hinds, Gareth. The Odyssey. Somerville: Candlewick, 2011. Print.
Takako, Shimura. Wandering Son, Book 1. Trans. Matt Thorn. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2011. Print.
Spiegelman, Art. Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History. New York: Pantheon, 1986. Print.
- – -. Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here my Troubles Began. New York: Pantheon, 1991. Print.
Stamaty, Mark Alan. Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2004. N. pag. Print.
Yang, Gene. American Born Chinese. New York: Square Fish, 2011. Print.
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Instructor: Ann Shultz Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 79725 Understanding and Teaching Students with Neurological Disorders (3 Graduate Credits)

This  course  provides  information  and  tools,  essential  for  all  school personnel,  to  create  a  supportive  environment  to  successfully  teach  children  and adolescents  with  co-occurring  neurological  and  emotionally  based  disorders.  Current  estimates indicate  that  20%  of  school-­aged  children,  K-­12,  have  one  or  more  neurological  conditions, and  of  these,  most  have  multiple  diagnoses.  The  course  will  cover  5  areas:  1.)  the foundations  necessary  for  academic  and  social  success  2.)  Awareness,  impact,  and classroom  strategies  to  target  neurological  and  emotional  disorders  3.)  Awareness, impact,  and  classroom  strategies  to  target  academic  issues  related  to  these  disorders  4.) Behaviors  linked  to  these  disorders  and  assessment  and  management  strategies  for  the classroom  5.)  School-­based  services,  parent  communication,  and  possible  socially  related issues.  Through  class  discussion,  reflection,  readings,  and  assignments,  students  will examine  the  impact  of  neurological  and  emotional  disorders  on  learning  in  America.

Required Text: Packer, Leslie E., Pruitt, Sheryl K., Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers: Teaching Students With Tourette’s, Bipolar Disorder, Executive Dysfunction, OCD, ADHD, and More, 2010.

It can be purchased on Kindle or used on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Challenging-Kids-Challenged-Teachers-Dysfunction/dp/1890627828

http://www.amazon.com/Challenging-Kids-Challenged-Teachers-Dysfunction-ebook/dp/B00GHYK2LU

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Challenging-Kids-Challenged-Teachers/Leslie-E-Packer-PhD/Q622578456

http://www.thereadingwarehouse.com/DEV/book.php?ISBN=9781890627829

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Instructor: Meg Kennedy, M.Ed., LMHC, NCC Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 76824 Teaching for the 21st Century-iPad Classroom (3 Graduate Credits)

Teaching for the 21st Century, iPad Classroom course is designed to provide participants with the tools and knowledge to develop an understanding of how meaningfully integrate an iPad into the classroom to reinforce 21st century learning across the curriculum. Participants will explore how and in what creative ways iPads can be used to transform 21st century learning. Participants will develop evaluation techniques and tips for using the iPad.  In addition, participants will collaborate to develop ideas, curriculum integration plan and an app guide.

Required: Access to an iPad

Note:  All course material will be provided

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Instructor: Clair Waterbury Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 78525 – Mood Disorders and Anxiety in the Classroom (3 Graduate Credits)

This course is designed to introduce teachers to mood disorders and anxiety  disorders, to investigate how these disorders impact students in the classroom, and to discuss methods of assessment and intervention strategies.   Throughout the course , students will learn about the DSM diagnoses that are classified as mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Students will learn about intervention models that can be utilized with individual students as well as curriculum that can be implemented in whole class settings.  The content of this course aligns with MA Health Frameworks Social Emotional Strand, specifically learning standards 5.6, 5.7, 5.8, 5.10, 5.11, and 5.17.

Required Text:  Merrell, Kenneth W. (2008) Helping Students Overcome depression and Anxiety, A Practical Guide.  Guilford Press. New York

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Instructor: Anne Shute Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 78825 Mentor Texts: Supporting Young Writers K-6 (3 Graduate Credits)

This course explores selecting and using pieces of quality children’s literature to help scaffold student learning as they are developing the craft of writing. Authors and the texts they have written can serve as models to use to guide instruction. Participants will learn to choose quality texts, design effective instruction using those texts, and consider how to integrate this effective instruction into current practice. Connections will be made to ELA Common Core text types and speaking & listening standards. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the gradual release model, the writing traits and the purpose/type of writing when selecting mentor texts for lessons. 

Required Text:

Dorfman, L.R. & Cappelli, R. (2007) Mentor texts: teaching writing through children’s literature k-8. Stenhouse Publishers: New York, N.Y. ISBN 9781571104335

By the end of this course, you will:

-Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of quality mentor texts by selecting appropriate texts to be used to scaffold student writers. Select Common Core Extended texts that can also serve as mentor texts for writing!

-Demonstrate knowledge of writer’s craft (traits) by the effective development of instruction plans.

-Discuss, develop, and share instructional strategies and lesson plans that utilize mentor texts to support classroom learners.

-Demonstrate knowledge of the implications on classroom practice in the areas of reading, writing, speaking & listening, and language by referencing these ELA Common Core standards in journal, lesson plan, and culminating assignment. Characteristics of Text types and purposes for writing will be discussed (ELA Common Core connection).

-Show consideration of integrating mentor text into current classroom reading/ writing instruction through discussion board responses and journal entries (aligning practice).

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Instructor: Sarah Eccleston Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 78125 Executive Functioning and Academic Achievement (3 Graduate Credits)

This course is designed to enable teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors PK-12 to effectively support students who may have challenges with executive functioning. The frontal lobe section of the brain may develop later in a child’s life and is thought to be crucial in decision making, organization, impulse control, and conceptualizing novel situations (executive functions). Supporting P-12 students’ academic growth and achievement effectively depends on appropriate educational strategies related to executive functions. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of student executive function strengths and challenges. Through interactive discussions, reading current research, and reflective practice, participants will increase their understanding of effective interventions, strategies to strengthen student deficiencies in executive functioning, and ways to help students further hone existing executive function skills. Multicultural factors, diverse learning challenges, and educational settings PK – 12 will be explored.

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Instructor: Deborah Merriam, Ed. D Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 78325 Strategies to Support Academic Achievement for All Students (3 Graduate Credits)

This course is designed to enable teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors PK-12 to effectively support students with improving academic achievement, classroom behaviors, and goal setting. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of student needs, learning styles, and learning/behavior/motivation challenges. Through interactive discussions, reading current research, and reflective practice, participants will increase their understanding of effective interventions, develop a working knowledge of internal and external locus of control, apply knowledge of attribution theory, and strengthen abilities to support students who appear to be disenfranchised. Multicultural factors, diverse learning challenges, and educational settings PK – 12 will be explored.

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Instructor: Deborah Merriam, Ed. D Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 77625 Supporting Students Through Difficult Times (3 Graduate Courses)

This course is designed to help teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors effectively support students through a time of difficult times including loss.  Virtually all those who work with children PK-12 are faced with the challenges of helping students as they experience marital separation, death of a family member or friend, or local tragedy. Through active discussions, reading current research, and reflective practice, participants will deepen their understanding of effective interventions and strengthen their abilities to support students. Multicultural factors, diverse learning challenges, and various educational settings will be explored.

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Instructor: Deborah Merriam, ED.D Location: Online Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 78025 – Partnering with Families: Strengthening the Home/School Connection

This course focuses on the importance of establishing effective home/school partnerships.  The benefits of establishing strong partnerships for families, students and teachers will be explored.  Students will analyze different models of partnerships and will evaluate and reflect upon the strengths and weaknesses of their ability to partner effectively with families.  Obstacles to developing strong partnerships will be explored, including working with families from diverse backgrounds.  Through analyzing case studies, students will gain new perspectives about how to interact effectively with families.  This course will give students concrete strategies to increase their ability to build and maintain effective relationships with parents that help parents and educators to feel empowered.  The content of this course aligns with The No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Required Text:  Henderson, Anne, Mapp, Karen, Johnson, Vivian & Davies, Don (2007).  Beyond the Bake Sale:  The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships (The New Press, New York).

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Location: Online Instructor: Ann Shute Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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PRDV 78015 – Big Mathematical Ideas

Expands and updates knowledge of mathematics and methodology for grades K-5 teachers. Topics include: graph interpretation, logical reasoning, measurement, number theory, patterns, statistics, algebra, geometry, probability, and problem solving.

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Location: Onlilne Instructor: Jennifer Kafka Dates: January 26 – May 1

Price: $525.00

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