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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 are required in some of the workshops.

  • Please purchase your text in advance in order to read the introduction and chapter 1 before the workshop.

  • The texts may be available at the USM online bookstore or at Amazon.

  • Please check copyright years to ensure you purchase current editions.


Workshops are held at the University of Saint Mary Overland Park Campus, newly located at 4500 College Blvd. in Overland Park, Kan. NOTE: THIS IS A NEW LOCATION!

Workshop enrollment size is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment.

Workshop refund policy: Tuition is refunded in full for workshops that have been dropped prior to the start of the workshop at the initiation of the student (in person, by phone or by e-mail). There are no refunds for withdrawals initiated past the workshop dates, or for not attending.

For more information, please contact Dr. Carolyn Doolittle, director of education programs, Overland Park Campus, at Carolyn.Doolittle@stmary.edu or (913) 319-3009.

 

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Use the link below to download and complete the registration form and payment information. Send completed form by scan or fax to Joe Perez, admissions counselor: joe.perez@stmary.edu, fax 913-345-2802, or by regular mail to the address at the top of the  form.

 

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Fall 2016 Online and Hybrid Continuing Education Courses:


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

  • On-line sessions; Enroll by September 9th; course begins September 12th through December 2nd. 

  • Important!  You must have a Google email address that you check frequently to enroll in this class.  When you enroll, please include 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

  • All video materials for course are provided by the instructor.


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

  • On-line sessions; Enroll by September 9th; course begins September 12th through December 2nd. 

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 the Social Studies Standards.  Silver Spring, MD:  National Council for the Social Studies.


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

  • On-line sessions; Enroll by September 9th; course begins September 12th through December 2nd. 

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 290.

  • Recommended for all educators; grades K- 12.


EDCEC 605:  Co-Teaching & Collaboration (1 or 2 credit hrs.)

  • Online Sessions: Enroll by August 24, course begins August 26th, course ends September 23rd. 

  • In-class Session: Friday, August 26 from 6pm-9pm and Saturday, August 27 from 9am-12pm

  • Important!  Participants will be expected to complete the extended assignments through September 23 for the 2 credit hour option.  You must have a Google email address that you check frequently to enroll in this class.  When you enroll please include 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 educators and Special Education Educators K-12 – especially if you teach in an inclusion classroom of students with special needs or students for whom English is a second language. 


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

  • September 9 and 10 (Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 8am-3pm); all coursework completed by assigned deadlines.

  • Important!  Participants will be expected to complete extended. Please bring your own laptop and iPad.

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.

Participants will:

  • find a purpose and focus for implementing technology applications, digital tools and resources

  • learn and share innovative practices in today's classroom

  • better understand the “why”s and “how”s of 1:1 technology in the classroom

  • engage in problem/solution, creation, collaboration, and digital media fluency with fellow educators

  • examine and critique best tools for instruction, best tools for learning, and best tools for assessment 

  • examine pedagogical shifts in instruction, thinking and learning, and creation and assessment

  • explore online content, digital tools and apps to enhance student critical thinking and learning 

  • create a digital presence, begin creating units of study with digital tools

  • collaborate with other professionals 


  • Instructor:  Rachael Smith, English Instructor and Department Chair, Baldwin High School

  • Recommended for teachers, grades 4-12 (primary grades with advanced technology skills) 


EDCEC 603: Tech Tools 4 Anyone, Any Device, Anywhere, Anytime (3 credit hr.)

  • Online Sessions:  Enroll by September 16th, course begins September 17th, course ends October 28th

  • Weekly discussions and assignments on-line for six additional weeks ending October 28th

  • In-Class Session: September 17 (Saturday 9am-12pm)

 


Course Description:

Today’s technology offers a plethora of choices.  With iPads, Chromebooks, MacBooks, Windows Laptops, and Bring Your Own Devices the questions are complex: “What apps should you download?”, “How often should you update your device?”, “How long will these devices last?”, or “Where do I even begin?”  Our answer to these questions is simple.  This course was developed to give you access to readily available tools that work on any device, any operating system, by anyone, and at anytime.  Whether you are using a computer lab, laptop carts, or have access to 1:1 devices, this course will show you how to utilize Web-based tools immediately, easily and without all of the fuss.  Join us in this engaging course with tools you can use right away in the classroom or other educational environments.

  • Instructor:  Rusty Meigs, Ed.D.  Senior Learning Consultant, Cerner Corporation, former Senior Web Architect and e-Communication Instructor for the Olathe Public Schools

  • Recommended for grades K-12


EDCEC 608:  Educational Technology 2: Creating Units for 1:1 Teaching, Learning & Assessment (1-3 credit hrs.)

  • October 22 (Saturday 8 am-5pm); all course work completed by assigned deadlines

  • Important!  Participants will be expected to complete extended assignments. Please bring your own laptop and iPad.

Course Description:

This Saturday workshop and continuing education credit offering will focus on the creation of technology-rich units of instruction, learning and assessment.  Using digital tools and resources learned in previous Technology 1:1 workshops or courses, attendees will work with popular courseware, digital tools and devices to Substitute, Augment, Modify, and Redefine current lessons. Attendees will engage in problem/solution, creation, collaboration, and digital media fluency, as well as examine and critique best tools for instruction, learning, and assessment. Pedagogical shifts will be examined, evaluated and incorporated into content construction using appropriate digital tools and apps to enhance teaching, student critical thinking, learning and assessment.  
Attendees will create a professional network and digital presence, and redesign a unit of study with digital tools for teaching, learning and assessment.

  • Instructor:  Rachael Smith, English Instructor and Department Chair, Baldwin High School

  • Recommended for teachers, grades 4-12 (primary grades with advanced technology skills) 


EDCEC 606:  Engaging Students of Poverty (3 credit hours)

  • Online Sessions:  Enroll by October 28, course begins October 29th, course ends December 9th.
  • Weekly discussions and assignments on-line for five additional weeks ending December 9th (Thanksgiving week no online session held). 
  • In-Class Session: Saturday, October 29th from 9am-12pm

Using the text Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen, this course digs deeper into the effects of poverty on the mind and learning by examining the 7 engagement factors.  Students will walk away with useful strategies to engage students in 5 fields for engagement in the classroom including engagement for energy and focus, engagement for deep understanding, engagement for motivation and effort, engagement for building cognitive capacity and engagement to build a positive classroom climate.  This course will benefit all teachers and support staff working with students K-12. 

  • Instructors:  Amber Boyington, ELL Math, Olathe USD #233, Megan Roberts, ELL Language Arts, Olathe USD #233, and Cathy Hubler, 6th Grade Science, Olathe USD #233

  • Recommended for educators Grades K-12 



Fall 2016 Limited Session On-Ground and Hybrid Workshops:


September


EDWRK600 L2A        Social Media: Tell Your Story   1CH   (Leavenworth Campus)

  • September 9th -5-9pm 

  • September 10th -9am-3pm   

In this course we will explore a variety of social media venues such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat, etc. We'll discuss the pros and cons of each, then find examples of how they are being used in education to tell the story of all the wonderful experiences happening in your classroom. We’ll discuss the what, why and how of getting social media allowed in your district. We’ll also address the issues faced in districts that use social media and those that block its use. As a culminating activity participants will create an implementation plan for their district, school or classroom on using social media for learning, communication and storytelling. This course addressed the Anchor Standards for Reading and Writing. http://community.ksde.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=yfRgEvC9FS8%3d&tabid=5559&mid=13575

  • Instructor: Kay Tibbs (Professional Development Trainer and former school district Director of Technology)

  • Recommended for grades K-12 


EDWRK 643: Problem Based Learning: Lessons that Challenge Students to Think Critically (3 credit hrs.)

  • Online Sessions:  Enroll by Friday, September 23, course begins September 24th, course ends October 21st 

  • In-class Session: Saturday, September 24 9am-12pm

Course Description

Have you ever wanted your students to understand the relevance of your lesson?  With Project Based Learning, students are engaged and want to learn information in order to solve an open-ended problem.  This class focuses on PBL strategies to create projects that are focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, and self-management. 

  • Instructors:  Amber Boyington, ELL Math, Olathe USD #233, Megan Roberts, ELL Language Arts, Olathe USD #233, and Cathy Hubler, 6th Grade Science, Olathe USD #233

  • Recommended for educators Grades K-12 


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

  • Two Sessions – September 30 and October 1 (Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 9am-3pm)

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!

  • Instructors:  Amber Boyington, ELL Math, Olathe USD 233; Megan Roberts, ELL Language Arts, Olathe USD 233,  Cathy Hubler, 6th Grade Science, Olathe USD 233

  • Recommended for: Educators grades 4-12


October


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

  • Two Sessions – October 7 and 8 (Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 9am-3pm) 

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 


EDWRK601 L2A The Maker’s Mind: Create a Culture of Creativity    1CH   (Leavenworth Campus)

  • October 7th-5-9pm 

  • October 8th- 9am-3pm   

(The Educator as a Maker Educator & Design Thinking)

There is something magical about the Maker Education Pedagogy.  Utilizing the Maker Education Pedagogy we’ll develop hands-on, whole learner activities.  Design instructional experiences where all learners are doing something and, although it may look like chaos, the reality is it’s an extremely well organized learning environment.  Students in Maker Education classrooms developing their creativity, resourcefulness, planning activities, curiosity while discovering their passions and talents.  That’s what transformational education is all about and with the growth mindset we’ll make it happen. 

  • Instructor: Kay Tibbs (Professional Development Trainer and former school district Director of Technology)

  • Recommended for grades K-12

  • educators (PreK-12) 


EDWRK 647: Comprehension Connections: Strategies to increase understanding & engagement for all learners (1 hr.)

  • Two Sessions – October 14 & 15 (Friday 5 pm-9 pm, Saturday 9am-3pm)

Course Description:

Reading is more than just reading written symbols off of a page.  It is an active cognitive process, which involves the reader interacting with print, activating their own experiences and perspectives, and monitoring their own understanding throughout.  Reading becomes a conversation between the reader and that which is being read!

This workshop will examine the interactive processes taking place during the act of reading, and focus on specific approaches to help students engage more fully with texts in order to increase their retention of information.  Strategies that will be useful for both narrative and informational texts will be presented, so that the ultimate goal of reading—comprehension—will be accomplished!

  • Instructor:  Carolyn Doolittle, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education, University of Saint Mary

  • Recommended for teachers, grades K- 12


November


EDWRK 646:  Make It and Take It Math Resources:  Part I

  • Two Sessions – November 4 & 5 (Friday 5 pm-9 pm, Saturday 9am-3pm)

Course Description:

Teachers will have an opportunity to see new ideas that can be used in their math curriculum. Time will be given to create the new ideas for their classroom. We will also look at computer resources that can be used to help with instruction.

  • Instructor:  Gan Boeckel; Gardner Edgerton District, 7/8 Math Core Extension teacher

  • Recommended for teachers, grades 4-9 (upper elementary and middle school) 


EDWRK602 L2A       STEAM & PBL    1CH   (Leavenworth Campus)

  • November 18th-5-9pm

  • November 19th- 9am-3pm   

Project Based Learning in combination with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math are transforming the classroom culture in schools worldwide.  How can you get started? How you can enhance what you are already doing and take your classroom to the next level of learning?  We’ll discover what it takes to make a successful PBL classroom, include STEAM and continue addressing those pesky benchmarks and standards.

  • Instructor: Kay Tibbs (Professional Development Trainer and former school district Director of Technology)

  • Recommended for grades K-12


EDWRK 642: Developing Working Memory through Games, Technology and Movement (1 credit hr.)

  • Two Sessions – November 11 and 12 (Friday 5 pm-9pm, Saturday 9am-3pm)

Course Description:

Do you have students in your class that lose their place during complicated tasks or have short attention spans?  Do you have students who are highly-distractible or have variable work quality?  These students could be suffering from a low working memory.  Research shows a correlation between high working memory and success in school for a child.  During this course, you will learn strategies, games and ways to use technology that will develop a student’s cognitive capacity.  

  • Instructors:  Amber Boyington, ELL Math, Olathe USD #233, Megan Roberts, ELL Language Arts, Olathe USD #233, and Cathy Hubler, 6th Grade Science, Olathe USD #233

  • Recommended for educators Grades K-12 


EDWRK 638: Google Docs in the Content Area Classroom (1 credit hr.)

  • Two Sessions – November 18 and 19 (Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 9am-4pm)

Course Description:

With the arrival of Common Core came the standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. This means that more of us will need to focus on writing and research in our content area.  Google Docs allows a teacher to have not only paperless and REAL TIME access to a student’s writing, but SHARED access as well.  As a science, social studies or math teacher, your students can research AS you and the writing teacher collaboratively guide them to more sophisticated writing through a shared document.  This workshop will cover ways to incorporate shared Word Docs and Excel Docs, and commenting as a form of feedback.  These comments can include feedback in the form of enrichment or re-teaching resources, thus meeting the need for individualized instruction.  Want to go paperless?  This is a great way!  Want to try blending?  Give this a shot!

  • Instructor:  Kendra Metz, Language Arts Instructor, Southwest Middle School, Lawrence USD

  • Recommended for 4-12 Teachers of Social Sciences, Sciences, and Technical Subjects  


December


EDWRK 612: The Trouble with Boys—Turning boys into readers (and writers!)  (1 credit hr.)

  • Two Sessions – December 2 & 3 (Friday 5 pm-9 pm, Saturday 9am-3pm)

Course Description:

While girls may have overcome the gender gap in science and math at school, research from around the world continues to show that boys struggle in literacy tasks, causing new concerns that they could trail behind in reading and writing for the rest of their lives.

This workshop will place a spotlight on the problems and issues related to boys and literacy; focusing on the reasons related to pedagogical practices and cultural standards. Participants will also explore solutions for raising our expectations for boys in their literacy achievement. Hands-on strategies will be introduced that engage boys in literacy practices and motivate them to become enthusiastic readers and writers.

  • Instructor:  Carolyn Doolittle, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education, University of Saint Mary

  • Recommended for grades K- 12

 

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