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USM For-Credit Teacher Workshops

Cost

$ 110 per graduate credit

Location

» Workshops will be held at USM's NEW OVERLAND PARK CAMPUS, located at 4500 College Blvd. (unless otherwise noted). 


The University of Saint Mary offers professional development workshops for educators, perfect for recertification and continuing education.

The cost is $110 per graduate credit hour.

TEXTBOOKS  (Required for some of the workshops:

  • Please purchase your text in advance in order to read the introduction and chapter one before the workshop.

  • Texts may be available from the  USM online bookstore or at AmazonPlease check editions and copyright years to ensure that you purchase the correct verison.


WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY: 
FULL REFUND — dropped prior to the start of the workshop (in person, by phone, or via email)
NO REFUND — dropped after the start of the workshop and/or not attending.

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Workshop enrollment size is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment. The University of Saint Mary reserces the right to cancel workshops on the Wednesday prior to Friday start dates if there are not 5 participants enrolled for the workshop. In the event that this should happen, registered participants will be notified by email and refunds will be made.

For more information, please contact Jes Luther, Overland Park Campus, at Jes.Luther@stmary.edu or  (913) 319-3005.



Online and Hybrid Continuing Education Courses:


EDCEC 600:  The Curriculum of Popular Culture: Media Portrayals of Teachers & Educational Systems (3 hrs.)

Online Sessions:
  • Monday, Feb 6 - Sunday, Apr. 23
Enroll by:
  • Friday, Feb. 3

Important! You must have a Google email address to enroll in this class. When you enroll, please provide the Google email address. This class will be conducted using only Google tools.

Course Description:

Popular culture influences every aspect of our daily lives.  We listen to popular music, read magazines and newspapers, watch television, and go to the movies.  The images portrayed in these media influence our perspectives of people, places, and institutions.  The images of teachers and classrooms through popular media often affect the way the public conceptualizes what educational systems are.  The media gives us many positive messages about schools and teachers.  These messages include the idea that schools and teachers can have an affirmative and tremendous impact on their students and society as a whole.; however, negative stereotypes and biases about teachers and educational systems abound in movies, television, contemporary music, and even “news” reports.  This course allows the participant to critically look at the media’s portrayal of teachers and schools.  Examining media portrayals of teachers and schools, both negative and positive, can not only open a dialogue about teachers’ and schools’ images, but also encourage us to examine our conscious and unconscious attitudes about the work of educators and educational systems.  For more information on this course, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAZRajq95Zw. All discussion sessions will be held in the class Google forum.

After completing this course, you will never view a “teacher movie” in the same way!

Instructor: 
Carolyn Doolittle, Ed. D., Associate Professor of Education, University of Saint Mary.
Recommended for: all educators; grades K-12

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EDCEC 601:  Teaching Reading with the Social Studies Standards (3 credit hours)

Online Sessions:
  • Monday, Feb 6 - Sunday, Apr. 23
Enroll by:
  • Friday, Feb. 3

Course Description:

The use of children’s literature plays an important role in social studies instruction at all grade levels. The purpose of this course is to integrate the 10 Themes of Social Studies, English Language Arts, College Career Ready Standards with an exceptional range of children’s literature. This course will provide strategies for before, during, and after reading and methods to apply the strategies to all ten Social Studies themes. 

Instructor: Patricia Carnahan, Ed. D., Associate Professor of Education, University of Saint Mary.
Recommended for: all educators; grades K-6; secondary social studies instructors.
Required Text: Altoff, Peggy and Golston, Syd (2012) Teaching Reading with Social Studies Standards. Silver Spring, MD: National Council for the Social Studies.

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EDCEC 602:  Outside the Classroom Walls--Field Trip Experiences to Enrich Your Curriculum (3 credit hrs)

Online Sessions:
  • Monday, Feb 6 - Sunday, Apr. 23
Enroll by:
  • Friday, Feb. 3

Important! You must have a Google email address to enroll in this class. When you enroll, please provide the Google email address. This class will be conducted using only Google tools.

Course Description:

This workshop is intended to emphasize the value of having our students getting outside of the classroom walls to enrich what they are learning inside.  This course will provide field trip resources available in the Kansas City and surrounding area in all curricular areas, with a special emphasis on Social Studies, Science, and visual literacy integrations.  Resources and contact information for local field trip opportunities will be provided. Participants will visit a local field trip destinations to experience it for themselves, and make classroom connections.  Information will be shared with other classroom participants through the class forum.

Instructor: Dan Doolittle, MED; Middle School Teacher, USD 209
Recommended for: all educators; grades K-12

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EDCEC 605:  Co-Teaching & Collaboration (3 credit hrs.)

Online Sessions:
  • Saturday, Jan. 27 - Saturday, Feb. 25
Enroll by:
  • Friday, Jan. 26

Important! You must have a Google email address to enroll in this class. When you enroll, please provide the Google email address. This class will be conducted using only Google tools.

Course Description:

Today’s classrooms have students with a diverse range of abilities and needs that bring unique challenges to teaching in a standards-based learning environment. Co-teaching brings together two or more certified/licensed professionals who can use their expertise to design rigorous learning experiences tailored to meet the unique needs of all students. For example, general educators may have specific expertise in the areas of curriculum and instruction, classroom management, knowledge of typical students, and instructional pacing. Special educators may have additional expertise in the areas of differentiating instruction, monitoring progress, understanding learning processes, and teaching for mastery.  Participants will become familiar with 4 approaches to co-teaching. In addition, scheduling, role clarification, administrative support, lesson planning, and other logistical issues will be explored.

Instructor: Danita Long, Special Education Teacher Leader KCKPS
Recommended for: all educators; grades K-12 - especially if you teach in an inclusion classroom of students with special needs for or students for whom English is a second language.

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EDCEC 609:  Technology 1:1 (1-3 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • Friday, Feb. 10 (5-9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Feb. 11 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Online Sessions:
  • Flex Credit Option (2-3 hrs.)
  • Online instructor support Saturda, Feb. 11 - Feb. 25 through online assignments and communication as needed.
Enroll by:
  • Friday, Feb. 10

Important! You must have a Google email address to enroll in this class. When you enroll, please provide the Google email address. This class will be conducted using only Google tools. Attendees seeking 2 or 3 credit hours will develop a lesson intergrating technology, explore Project Based Learning, and establish a Professional Learning Network to continue growing in the 21st Century.

Course Description:

This workshop Empowers teachers for the 21st Century classroom who feel under-prepared, overwhelmed, and unconvinced with common shifts to 1:1 teaching and learning.

Instructor: Rachel Smith, MSED; Secondary English, Baldwin High School
Recommended for: all educators; grades K-12

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EDCEC 611: Engaging Your ELL Learners: Exploring strategies to meet the needs of a diverse classroom (3 credit hr.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • Saturday, Mar. 25 (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Online Sessions:
  • Saturday, Mar. 25 - Saturday, Apr. 29
Enroll by:
  • Friday, Mar. 24

Course Description:

Each year, classrooms across the country continue to diversify in regards to language, ethnicity and cultural backgrounds. Throughout this course, participants will be exploring new ways to reach all learners in their classrooms and especially those that are learning English as a second language. Participants will learn ways to actively involve students in lessons, strategies to develop language and literacy and as well useful technology to use with students.

Instructor: Amber Boyington, ELL Math, Olathe USD #233, Meagan Roberts, ELL Language Arts, Olathe USD 233, and Cathy Hubler, Grafe 6 Science Olathe, 233
Recommended for: all educators; grades K-12
Required Textbooks: 50 Strategies for ELL Learners (ISBN: 978-0132487504)

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EDCEC 610:  All About Videos (3 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • Saturday, Apr. 8 (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Online Sessions:
  • Saturday, Apr. 8 - Saturday, May 6
Enroll by:
  • Friday, Apr. 7

Course Description:

This course will focus on learning basic multi-media presentation tools. Teachers will take be able to design an effective strategy for assigning multimedia presentations to students. Student videos can be used throughout any lesson to formally or informally assess instruction, introduce a topic, debunk myths, or to summarize a concept. Learn more about how to guide students in the best video creation to meet your classroom needs.

Instructor: Kelly Burgess, Grade 7 Science, Olathe USD #233
Recommended for: all educators; grades K-12

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Spring 2017 Limited Session On-Ground and Hybrid Workshops:


February


EDWRK 640: Mindset in the Classroom  (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • Friday, Feb. 3 (5-9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Feb. (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Feb.1

Course Description:

Is intelligence static? Can one become smarter through hard work and persistence? Based on most recent studies of how mindset can affect academics and growth, this class will introduce the latest information and data on the subject. Students will become familiar with the effect of mindset and ways to incorporate a growth mindset in their own classroom.


Instructor: Kendra Metz
Recommended for: all educators; grades K-12

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EDWRK 613: Words! Words! Words! Enhancing Vocabulary Instruction and Creating Word-lovers in Your Classroom (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • Friday, Feb. 17 (5-9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Feb. 18  (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Feb.15

Course Description:

A recent article noted the need for students to "learn more words," stating that "[v]ocabulary is a deceptively simple literacy skill, but [one] which has proved frustratingly difficult to address" (Sparks, Feb 2013). This workshop will discuss the various ways new words are learned and vocabularies are grown. Vocabulary that is important to teach is the focus, with special emphasis given to content-rich words. Methods of connecting words to the real experiences of children will be given, with practical hands-on materials to take back to the classroom. Participants will be challenged to create word-lovers instead of vocabulary-phobes!  

Instructor: Carolyn Doolittle, Ed. D., Asspcoate Professor of Education, University of Saint Mary
Recommended for: teachers, grades K-12

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EDWRK 611: Progress Monitoring IEP Goals (1 credit hr.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • Friday, Feb. 24 (5-9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Feb. 25 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22

Course Description:

Progress monitoring is a scientifically based practice that is used to assess students’ academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Progress monitoring can be implemented with individual students or an entire class. Progress monitoring has been outlined as a seven step process by the Department of Education which includes writing measurable annual goals, developing data collection tools, and the process for collecting and evaluating the data as well as systematically communicating student progress to IEP team members.

Instructor: Danita Long, Special Education Teacher Leader KCKPS
Recommended for: Special Education graduate students or Special Education Instructors and all interested educators K-12

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March


EDWRK 639:  Engaging Through Games and Cooperative Learning Structures II (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • Friday, March 3 (5-9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, March 3 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, March1

Course Description:

Can’t get enough of engagement through games? As a compliment to the first Engaging through Games workshop, this class offers even more fun, exciting games that allow students to be engaged in a variety of activities that encourage active involvement in lessons throughout a variety of content areas. This high-energy workshop will leave you with tools and games to use on the very next day of class. Bring a flash drive with you to class, and you will walk away with several game templates that can be modified and used right away. Participants do not have to take the first session to enjoy the second one!

Instructor: Amber Boyington (ELL Math, Olathe USD #233), Megan Roberts (ELL Language Arts, Olathe USD #233), and Cathy Hubler (Science Grade 6, Olathe USD #233)
Recommended for: Educators grades 4-12 

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EDWRK 644: Getting on the Write Track: Gearing students to become purposeful writers (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • Friday, March 10 (5-9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, March 11 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, March 8

Course Description:

In today’s best writing classrooms, students are encouraged to write early, write frequently, and to take control of their own writing. This classroom develops students who see themselves as purposeful authors with something to say. This workshop will examine the developmental stage of writing and look at ways to nurture our young authors’ writing skills. Elements of focus will include the teacher’s role in the writing classroom, methods used to move students through the writing process, and ways to assess writing. Participants will be given specific writing ideas and strategies that can be used to help create a community of writers in his/her classroom!

Instructor: Carolyn Doolittle, Ed. D. Associate Professor of Education, University of Saint Mary
Recommended for: teachers, grades K-12

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EDWRK 650: Spark (1 credit hr.) — Arbor Creek Elementary School

In-Class Sessions:
  • Friday, March 31 (5-9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, April 1 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, March 29

Course Description:

Science instruction is entering into some exciting times with the many opportunities such as Osmo, CHIP, Bristlebots, LittleBits, K’Nex, Code and Go, TynkerCad and Makerbot to name just a few. If you are interested in some of the new technology that is available for you either in your classroom or for your MakerSpace or just some new ideas to make science learning exciting and relevant. This workshop will give provide hands on opportunities to experience some STEM challenges and explore the Next Generation Science Standards and observe students in grades 1st-5th tell you about what they know in the area of science.

Instructor: Melanie L. DeMoss, Ed. D. Elementary Principal, Olathe Public Schools.
Recommended for: Elementary Staff

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April


EDWRK 637:  Social Skills for the Exceptional Child (1 credit hr.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • Friday, April 21 (5-9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, April 22 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, April 19

Course Description:

This class will explore the complex nature of teaching appropriate social skills to students who struggle to learn them. We will look at the research behind verbal and nonverbal skills and the strategies we can teach students in order to develop their “toolbox”.

Instructor: Maureen Hogan, Student Serrvices Coordinator, Nativity Parish Schools
Recommended for: all instructors, grades K-12

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EDWRK 614: Getting More Bang for Your Teacher Buck (1 credit hr.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • Friday, April 28 (5-9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, April 29 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, April 26

Course Description:

As we all know, budgets are slimmed with each passing year. Teachers are having to rely on their own dollar more to supplement the classroom. How can teachers create exciting, interesting, and engaging lessons without breaking the bank? We can provide some guidance. In this course, we will reveal our money saving tips when it comes to creating activities that stimulate minds with a focus on common core instruction. With three instructors, each with their own specialty (Science, Math, ELA, and ELL), this course is guaranteed to deliver!

Instructor: Amber Boyington (ELL Math, Olathe USD #233), Megan Roberts (ELL Language Arts, Olathe USD #233), and Cathy Hubler (Science Grade 6, Olathe USD #233)
Recommended for: all instructors, grades K-12

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The maximum numbers of hours that may be taken at the University of Saint Mary with “special student” status is 15. Those who wish to pursue academic work beyond 15 hours must petition to have their status changed either to degree-seeking or to regular non-degree status. At that time, transcripts or previous high school (or GED equivalent) and university work must be submitted to the Registrar.

University of Saint Mary does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, handicap, or sex in the consideration of eligible students for admissions, scholarships, awards, and financial aid (FAFSA). The Title IV Code for the University of Saint Mary is 001943. Contact the University of Saint Mary at 913-345-4303 for further financial aid information.