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Teacher Workshops & USM Events

USM Overland Park Campus Info Session

USM offers regular Info Sessions to provide you with the latest info on the graduate and degree-completion programs that can help you take the next step in your career.

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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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USM's Summer 2014 Educator Workshops:


Seeing is Believing: The Power of Visual Texts in the Learning Process (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 556/656

Two Sessions—9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, and Friday, Aug. 8

Course Description:
Students are barraged with messages every day that come to them in non-linguistic representations; that is, through images. Because of television, advertisements, and the Internet, the primary tool for advancing literacy in the 21st Century may not be a book—it could possibly be a visual text. As the focus on understanding visual texts in the Common Core Standards indicates, today’s students must learn to process words and images in order to get the “whole” message. This workshop will provide a research-based framework from which to ground instruction in teaching literacy skills through images. Various strategies will be modeled to resource instructors in teaching their students learn to see more critically and see to learn more effectively. A field trip to the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum on Saturday will be included .

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

  • Recommended for: Grades K-12

USM's Fall 2014 Educator Workshops:

Full Fall Session Courses

The Curriculum of Popular Culture: Media Portrayals of Teachers, Classrooms and Educational Systems  (3 credit hrs.)
EDUCW 573/673

Two On-Site Sessions—6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 3, and Nov. 12;
All other course sessions are held online in class forum

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. This can be a considerably effective exercise in understanding our own attitudes about educational systems. 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.

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

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

Communication Skills for Education Leaders (3 credit hrs.)
EDUCW 549/649

On-Site Workshop Sessions6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9
Other course meetings will be determined at first session.

Course Description:
The challenges facing educators in this era of changing standards, Professional Learning Communities, high stakes testing, funding lawsuits, etc. demand greater communication abilities than in any other era for schools. Education leaders must move beyond instinctive skillfulness if they are to be effective in working with students, colleagues, community members, and the political environment surrounding our schools. This course provides an opportunity to deepen knowledge and skills for a wide range of communications applications: dealing with difficult people, facilitating challenging groups, managing the change process, coaching colleagues, leading business meetings with Roberts' Rules, messaging with the public and media, and using electronic media. This hybrid course will involve both face-to-face meetings AND some work in an online environment. Students will develop greater theoretical knowledge, review and reflect on practical examples, and engage in actual practice in real world scenarios.

  • Instructor: Blake West, Ed.D.,– Computer and Tech Integration Specialist, Blue Valley High School

  • Recommended for: Grades K-12


Understanding Students' Career Choices  (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 588/688

Two Sessions—6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13

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 Strohm, Ph.D.,– University of Saint Mary

  • Recommended for: Secondary School Teachers

Effective Mentoring (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 578/678

Two Sessions—5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20

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, Kan.

  • Recommended for: All teachers; grades K-12

Appie Hour (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 584/684

Two Sessions—5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27

Course Description:
Instructor will present 10 of her favorite educational apps over the 2-day workshop. All apps will be presented, explained, and then used by participants. Time will be given for practice and setup for usage in the classroom. Many of the apps selected will also be web-based, so iPads are not completely necessary. If participant does not have a iPad, one will be provided for practice.

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

  • Recommended for: Grades K-12


21st Century Tools for 21st Century Learning (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 519/619

Two Sessions—5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, and 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4

Course Description:
This workshop provides an introduction to the use of several categories of technology tools (collaboration and communication, media creation/editing, Web 2.0 tools, external resources for use in classrooms) to enhance teaching and learning. Participants will work hands-on with examples of tools from each category and collaborate with others in developing both evaluations of the various tools and potential applications for their use within classrooms and professional learning communities.

  • Instructor: Blake West, Ed.D.,– Computer Science and Technology Integration Specialist, Blue Valley High School

  • Recommended for: Grades K-12

Advanced Phonics in the Common Core Standards Classroom (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 583/683

Two Sessions—5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11

Course Description:
This course will emphasize the importance of advanced phonics instruction in the Common Core classroom. Teachers will leave this course with a deeper understanding of spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words, syllabication for multisyllabic words, and teaching morphology with Greek and Latin roots. Participants have opportunities for hands-on lesson practice with other participants.

  • Instructor: Tracy Stokes

  • Recommended for: Grades 2-6

Creating Your Own Professional Development Through Twitter (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 585/685

Two Sessions—5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25

Course Description:
Join participants in this workshop to see how Twitter can be your professional development tool. Participants will learn the hows and whys of Twitter as a professional development tool.  Whether you want to be a tweeter or just an observer, see how Twitter can open your world to mainstreamed professional development.

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

  • Recommended for: Grades K-12


Kansas Strong Workshop (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 586/686

One Session—9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8

Course Description:
Kansas Strong’s curriculum and lesson plans are designed to meet the Kansas State Department of Education learning standards. Our workshops provide curricula that create a hands-on learning environment. We offer 4 different workshops with curricula for K-8 grade teachers and students. It is geared to teach students about the vital role that the oil and natural gas industry plays in advancing our state and sustaining our nation’s energy supply.

  • Instructor: Candace Davis

  • Recommended for: Grades K-12

  • Cost: $50 per credit hour

Designing Thematic Units to Teach College and Career Readiness Standards (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 587/687

Two Sessions—5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15

Course Description:
Gone is the NCLB culture where educators teach a curriculum handed to them on a pacing guide they are forced to keep. The process of digging into the CCSS and expectations of the assessment demands that educators move beyond writing a lesson plan from a guide in a book to one which allows kids to explore and guide the pace of learning. This workshop provides an opportunity to sit down with the standards and examine strategies for designing lessons that will support student learning and provide evidence of student learning. Participants will create a unit plan with emphasis placed on the higher order skills to ensure concepts are mastered and can be communicated, demonstrated, and utilized.

  • Instructor: Claudia Chandler, MAT – English Language Arts Grade 6, Reading Intervention Grades 6-8, Ottawa Middle School

  • Recommended for: Any teacher grades K-12, 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.


The Trouble with Boys: Turning Boys into Readers (and writers!) (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 562/662

Two Sessions—5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6

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