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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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Spring 2015 Weekend Sessions:


Co-Teaching & Collaboration — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 506/606

Two Sessions February 27 & 28 (Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 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: 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


Writing Across the Content Areas(1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 507/607

Two Sessions March 6 & 7 (Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

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 workshop will cover lesson design and strategies that will incorporate these new demands for teachers in content areas other than ELA. We will break down the standards and what they mean for the content areas. Then we will cover a variety of strategies to incorporate mini-lessons for ELA and quick ways to assess these reading and writing standards while still focusing most of your instructional time on your specific content.

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

  • Recommended for: 5-12 Teachers of Social Sciences, Sciences, and Technical Subjects

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

Two Sessions March 13 & 14 (Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 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: All instructors, grades K-12

Appie Hour — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 509/609

Two Sessions March 20 & 21; (Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

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 set up 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 an ipad one will be provided for practice.

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

  • Recommended for: Grades K-12

Seeing is Believing—The power of visual texts in the learning process — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 510/610

Two Sessions March 27 & 28 (Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

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: Instructors grades K-12


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

Two Sessions April 17 & 18 (Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 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)

Reaching the Student with Limited English Proficiency — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 512/612

Two Sessions April 24 & 25 (Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Course Description:
As numbers of students that qualify as English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) increases, so does the demand for teachers to stretch the Universal Lesson Design to its capacity. This workshop will cover the process for identifying who qualifies as ESOL and what this means for a classroom teacher. Attendees will be exposed to a variety of supports and strategies for lesson design and assessment to accommodate all levels of English proficiency.

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

  • Recommended for: Any teacher in any content area and administrators looking for strategies that enable staff to create and implement lessons with clear, rigorous, and meaningful objectives.


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

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