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USM For-Credit Teacher Workshops

The University of Saint Mary offers excellent workshops for educators geared toward professional development that supports the goals of teacher practitioners. The workshops are perfect for recertification and professional development, and the cost is just $100 per hour of graduate credit.

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


Workshops are held at the University of Saint Mary Overland Park Campus, located at 11413 Pflumm Road in Overland Park. Workshop enrollment size is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment.

To register, complete the attached form and payment information and send by scan or fax to Joe Perez, admissions counselor at Perez80@stmary.edu, fax 913-345-2802, or by regular mail to the address at the top of the attached registration form.

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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Summer Online and Hybrid
Continung Education Courses:


The Curriculum of Popular Culture: Media Portrayals of Teachers & Educational Systems — (3 credit hrs.)
EDWRK 500/600

Online course sessions; held in class forum, beginning the week of May 26 - August 16

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
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

  • Recommended text: Dalton, Mary M. (2010). The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the movies. New York: Peter Lang.

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


Teaching Reading with the Social Studies Standards — (3 credit hrs.)
EDWRK 501/601

Online course sessions, beginning the week of May 4 - August 16

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: 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.


Outside the Classroom Walls—Invaluable Field Trip Experiences to Enrich Your Curriculum — (3 credit hrs.)
EDWRK 502/602

Online and field-experiences; beginning the week of May 26 - August 16

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

  • Recommended for: Instructors grades K-12



Spring & Summer 2015 Limited Session Workshops:


May


Effective Mentoring — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 513/613

Two Sessions May 1 & 2 (Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.)

Course Description:
Participants will work through various scenarios that will provide them with the skills to communicate effectively with students, parents, colleagues, and administrators. Participants will also organize plans for how, as mentors, we can effectively work with new teachers and truly provide them the support they need. The session will highlight how to create a mentor relationship that is enthusiastic, focused, and promotes positivity.

  • Instructor: Paula Hough, Ed.D.,—Instructional Coach, Turner USD 202, Kansas City, KS

Recommended for: All teachers, grades K-12
 



Understanding Students’ Career Choices — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 504/604

Two Sessions May 29 & 30 (Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.)

Course Description:
Secondary school teachers do much more career and educational counseling than school counselors do. This workshop is designed to help secondary school teachers understand the issues and thought processes their students are dealing with as they try to make their first significant career or educational decisions. Topics will include the theoretical basis for adolescent career decision making, hands-on experience with the main instruments used as assessments and interventions, sources of information, and tips for finding help.

  • Instructor: David A. Strohm, Ph.D.,—University of Saint Mary

Recommended for: Teachers, grade 5-12 interested in career-focused education



June


Instruction for 21st Century Classrooms — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 503/603

Two Sessions June 1 & 2 (Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.)

Course Description:
The transition from NCLB to Common Core has created a whole new vocabulary and skill set that teachers are expected to be a part of now. This course will briefly review the changes from state standards to Common Core and how to utilize methods like Project Based Learning (PBL) to meet standards for reading and writing in all content areas. Our focus will be lesson design and classroom design that incorporates strategies from Classroom Instruction That Works.

  • Instructor: Melissa Lefort,—7th & 8th Grade English Language Arts teacher & ESOL Program Coordinatorm USD 290

  • Recommended for: Any K-12 teacher, newly-licensed teacher, or pre-service teacher who has diverse student populations and is looking for more ways to reach all learners



The Culturally Diverse Classroom — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 505/605

Two Sessions June 5 & 6 (Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.)

Course Description:
As the classroom becomes more diverse, teachers must have more tools and strategies to make the classroom inclusive for all learners. English Language Learners (ELLs), English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOLs), and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (CLDs) need teachers to understand their unique needs within the educational framework. This workshop is an in depth look at lesson design, biography-driven learning, vocabulary strategies, and modifications that can create an inclusive educational environment for all students, regardless of diversity. It also is a companion workshop to one presented in April 2015 over programs for CLDs.

  • Instructor: Melissa Lefort,—7th & 8th Grade English Language Arts teacher & ESOL Program Coordinatorm USD 290

  • Recommended for: Any K-12 teacher, newly-licensed teacher, or pre-service teacher who is struggling with the transition from NCLB lesson planning to the task of designing Common Core learning plans.



Blended Learning Classrooms — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 506/606

Two Sessions June 8 & 9 (Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.)

Course Description:
This workshop will guide participants through the process of setting up a blended classroom. A blended classroom done correctly can provide differentiation, tap into a student’s intrinsic motivation, and offer educators multiple opportunities to provide remediation throughout a typical school week. Anyone who is interested in investing some time to look at student learning from a different angle and in creating a classroom that is cutting edge in the world of 21st Century learning skills will benefit from this workshop.

  • Instructor: Melissa Lefort,—7th & 8th Grade English Language Arts teacher & ESOL Program Coordinatorm USD 290

  • Recommended for: Any K-12 teacher, newly-licensed teacher, or pre-service teacher.



Engaging Through Games and Cooperative Learning Structures — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 507/607

Two Sessions June 10 & 11 (Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.)

Course Description:
During this workshop, participants will be engaged in a variety of games 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.

  • 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



Fluency in Elementary/Middle Grades: Not Just One-minute Timings — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 509/609

Two Sessions June 12 & 13 (Friday, 5–9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.)

Course Description:
Fluency has been a focus for many schools since the National Reading Panel’s 2000 report recognized it as one of the five components of reading. Since 2000, many have focused on fluency by letting kids read independently, timing kids on stories for one minute, keeping track of words read correctly per minute, etc. What hasn’t always happened is getting kids engaged in their fluency practice. This workshop will focus on many different repeated reading strategies. Pioneers in the field of fluency will be discussed as well as a multitude of fluency resources.

  • Instructor: Mark Davoren—Reading Interventionist, former Title I teacher and classroom teacher for Leavenworth Public Schools

  • Recommended for: Any teacher, grades K-8



Coding in the Classroom — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 510/610

Two Sessions June 15 & 16 (Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.)

Course Description:
In this workshop you will learn what Coding is, why it's important to integrate into your curriculum and how to do so. We will look at research-based principals of coding and practical apps and web pages to make the use of it easy and successful in your classroom. You do not have to be an expert to teach coding. Come in and give it a try.

  • Instructor: Mrs. Lee Gruss—Middle School Science, St. Paul's Episcopal Day School

  • Recommended for: Any K-12 teacher



Igniting a Passion for Reading — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 518/618

Two Sessions June 17 & 24 (Wednesdays, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.)

Course Description:
When teaching reading, American classrooms often focus exclusively on skills instruction. In his new book, Igniting a Passion for Reading, Dr. Steven Layne, a professor of education and literature, a national literacy consultant, shows teachers how to develop readers who are not only motivated to read great books, but also love reading in its own right by focusing on building lifetime readers. Layne's text is not only grounded in theory, but also provides many practical classroom applications. Time will be spent reading, reflecting and sharing strategies that will provide our classrooms with positive reading energy to motivate all of our readers.
 

  • Instructor: Janet Barnett—Local library specialist of 14 years; former kindergarten teacher (14 years) and middle school teacher (12 years)

  • Required Book (before the class begins): Layne, S.L. (2009). Igniting a Passion for Reading. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

  • Recommended for: Any K-12 teacher



Co-Teaching & Collaboration — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 520/620

Two Sessions June 18 & 19 (Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.)

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: Any 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



The Trouble with Boys—Turning boys into readers (and writers!) — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 512/612

Two Sessions June 22 & 23 (Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.–34 p.m.)

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: All educators, grades K-12



Progress Monitoring IEP Goals — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 511/611

Two Sessions June 25 & 26 (Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.)

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 (PreK-12)


Words! Words! Words!: Enhancing Vocabulary Instruction and Creating Word-lovers in Your Classroom — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 513/613

Two Sessions June 29 & 30 (Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.)

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., Associate Professor of Education, University of Saint Mary

  • Recommended for: All educators, grades K-12




July


Revisiting the Exceptional Child: Resources and Strategies for Success! — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 508/608

Two Sessions July 6 & 7 (Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.)

Course Description:
With today’s diverse classrooms it’s often difficult to have the information we need at your fingertips to meet the needs of all of our learners. This workshop will be focus on understanding the characteristics of and strategies for working with the most common disabilities seen in the general education classroom. Exceptionalities will include: learning disabilities, communication disorders, cognitive disabilities, ADHD, Autism, and behavior disorders. Participants will compile a resource and intervention with ready to use ideas.

  • Instructor: Maureen Hogan—Student Services Coordinator, Nativity Parish School

  • Recommended for: Any K-12 teacher



Getting More Bang for Your Teacher Buck — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 514/614

Two Sessions July 10 & 11 (Friday, 5–9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.)

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!

  • 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



Technology 1:1 — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 515/615

Up to Three Sessions July 13, 14 & 15 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.)

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 whys and hows 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

The workshop can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 hours of credit (with extra assignments completed).

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

  • Recommended for: Any K-12 teacher



Fluency: Practical Classroom Applications — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 516/616

Two Sessions July 17 & 18 (Friday, 5–9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.)

Course Description:
More hands-on practice with the actual fluency strategies, lessons and activities. Participants will look at data and come up with a fluency plan, to meet the needs of individual learners.

  • Instructor: Mark Davoren—Reading Interventionist, former Title I teacher and classroom teacher for Leavenworth Public Schools

  • Recommended for: Any teacher, grades K-8



Go Digital With Strategies That Work — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 519/619

Two Sessions July 24 & 25 (Friday, 5–9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.)

Course Description:
Learn how to equip and empower your students to develop deep comprehension while creating and collaborating digitally. This session will explore how to harness the power of technology without sacrificing effective comprehension instruction. Participants will leave with digital takeaway tips and see student work samples

  • Instructor: Tracy Stokes—Resource Specialist, Elementary English Language Arts, Shawnee Mission School District

  • Recommended for: All teachers, grades K-6

  • Participants should bring an iPad

  • Required text:Connecting Comprehension and Technology (2013), Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis, ISBN: 0325047030


August


Integrating Aesthetics Across the Curriculum — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 517/617

Two Sessions August 7 & 8 (Friday, 5–9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.)

Course Description:
The arts are fundamental to who we are as humans. They encourage us, entertain us, express our values, build bridges between cultures, and inspire us. Students whose educations have a deep aesthetic component are shown to do well in all academic areas—including standardized testing! And yet, our test –driven classrooms often leave these aesthetic experiences behind for more STEM-focused encounters. This workshop will focus on ways to use aesthetics—music, drama, and the visual arts—to better help students all aspects of the world around them. Practical strategies will be given to help participants to incorporate the arts into all aspects of the learning environment.

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

  • Recommended for: All educators, grades K-6



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