Evening & Graduate Programs

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.

Complete the form below to request more info or register for an upcoming info session. 

FREE Info — Session RSVP Now »



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.

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 Carolyn Doolittle, Overland Park Campus, at carolyn.doolittle@stmary.edu or  (913) 319-3009.


Register Online Now >>



Online and Hybrid Continuing Education Courses:


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

Online Sessions:
  • Monday, June 5 - Saturday, Aug. 12
Enroll by:
  • Friday, June 2

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

Register Online Here >>


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

Online Sessions:
  • Monday, June 5 - Saturday, Aug. 12
Enroll by:
  • Friday, June 2

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

Register Online Here >>


EDCEC 606:Engaging Students of Poverty (3 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 - 12 p.m. Saturday, June 3
Online Sessions:
  • Saturday, June 3 – Saturday, Jul. 8
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, May 31

Course Description:

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: Recommended for: all educators, grades K-12

Register Online Here >>


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

Online Sessions:
  • Tuesday, June 6- Monday, June 26
Enroll by:
  • Friday, June 2

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: Instructor: Rachael Smith, English Instructor and Department Chair, Baldwin High School
Recommended for:teachers, grades 4-12 (primary grades with advanced technology skills)

Register Online Here >>

 


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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 - 12 p.m. Saturday, June 24
Online Sessions:
  • Saturday, June 24 – Saturday, Saturday, Jul. 29
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, June 21

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)

Register Online Here >>


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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9-12 p.m. Saturday, July 8
Online Sessions:
  • Saturday, July 8 – Saturday, August 12
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, July 5

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
 

Register Online Here >>

EDCEC 607: Accessing Technology to Increase Engagement and Efficiency (3 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 12 - 3 p.m. Saturday, June 24
Online Sessions:
  • Saturday, June 24 – Saturday, July 29
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, June 21

Course Description:

As teachers, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by all the options relating to technology. In this course, each week will look at three different areas of technology. Course participants will invest a technology to help organize his/her classroom, a technology that will aid in teacher-led instruction, and .a tool students can use to engage them in learning. This course also uses the text Who Owns the Learning by Alan November, which will have course participants thinking about the role of the teacher and student in the classroom.

Instructor: Amber Boyington, ELL Math, Olathe USD #233, Megan Roberts, ELL Language Arts, Olathe USD 233, and Cathy Hubler, Grade 6 Science, Olathe, 233
Recommended for: all educators; grades K-12
Required Textbook: Who Owns the Learning?

Register Online Here >>


On-Ground and Hybrid - Workshops:


April


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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 -9 p.m. Friday, April 21
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22
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 Services Coordinator, Nativity Parish Schools
Recommended for: all instructors, grades K- 12

Register Online Here >>  


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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 -9 p.m. Friday, April 28
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29
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

Register Online Here >> 


June


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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 7
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Thursday, June 8
Enroll by:
  • Monday, June 8

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

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 602:Steam & PBL (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 – 3 p.m. Friday, June 9
  • 9 – 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, June 7

Course Description:

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: teachers, grades K-12

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 603: App Smashing (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Monday, June 12
  • 9 – 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 13
Enroll by:
  • Friday, June 9

Course Description:

No great artist can work with just one brush or one color of paint! It is only by COMBINING the tools available that we can create masterpieces. Your students have so many options available to them, especially if your school is 1:1 with iPads. Join me in enhancing creativity and critical thinking by mixing apps to create awesome presentations, projects, diagrams, and illustrations.

Instructor: Kendra Metz, 6th grade Southwest Middle School, Lawrence, KS
Recommended for: all educators, grades K-12

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 607:  Engaging Through Games and Cooperative Learning Structures I (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 13
  • 9 - 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 14
Enroll by:
  • Friday, June 9

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.

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 

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 604: The Intelligent Classroom: PBL & Steam pt.2 (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Thursday, June 15
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Friday, June 16
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, June 14

Course Description:

This workshop is designed for those who have developed a PBL unit or STEAM curriculum and have implemented it in their classrooms. Pt 2 will focus on what makes a great unit, how to improve your lessons and insure the benchmarks and standards are being addressed. Participants do need to be involved in PBL classrooms and have experience with PBL/STEAM curriculum. This course will benefit administrators who have to observe PBL/STEAM classrooms as Walk-Through guides will be developed. Participants do not have to have attended Pt 1.

Instructor: Kay Tibbs (Professional Development Trainer and former school district Director of Technology)
Recommended for: classroom teachers, Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, Directors of Instruction, Instructional Coaches

Register Online Here >>


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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5- 9 p.m. Friday, June 16
  • 9 -4 p.m. Saturday, June 17
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, June 14

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.

Instructor: 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: all educators, Grades K-12

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 646:Make It and Take It Math Resources: Part 1 (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 – 3 p.m. Monday, June 19
  • 9 – 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 20
Enroll by:
  • Friday, June 16

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: educators, grades 4-9

Register Online Here >>


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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 – 3 p.m. Wednesday , June 21
  • 9 – 3 p.m. Thursday, June 22
Enroll by:
  • Monday, June 19

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: educators, grades K- 1

Register Online Here >>


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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m. Thursday, June 22
  • 9 – 3 p.m. Friday, June 23
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, June 21

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, Language Arts Instructor, Southwest Middle School, Lawrence USD
Recommended for: all educators, grades K- 12

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 606: Blended Learning (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Monday, June 26
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 27
Enroll by:
  • Friday, June 23

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: Kendra Metz, Language Arts Instructor, Southwest Middle School, Lawrence USD
Recommended for: all educators, grades K- 12

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 605: Making Mentoring Meaningful (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 28
  • 9 – 3 p.m. Thursday, June 29
Enroll by:
  • Monday, June 26

Course Description:

Recent research has shown that within five years, half of all new teachers will leave the profession of teaching. Many of these new recruits feel lost, overwhelmed, and even abandoned as they face the daunting challenges in the field of teaching each day. Having a strong mentor to come alongside would serve to alleviate some of these burdens.

But the role of the mentor is also challenging, and must be more than just observing, taking notes, and completing a checklist. Mentoring must begin with meaningful relationships. This includes taking the role of guide, supporter, advisor, tutor, and sometimes student!

This workshop looks at both the role of the mentor and the mentee, and explores best practices in mentoring and ways to enhance this connection, so that everyone involved in the mentoring relationship grows professionally and personally. The workshop is appropriate for both prospective mentors, and new teachers seeking to be mentored. Mentors and those needing mentoring will gain strategies to making this relationship rewarding. If possible, both mentors and their mentees should attend together!

Instructor: Dan Doolittle, MED; Elementary/Middle School Teacher, USM Adjunct Instructor
Recommended for: all educators, grades K- 12

Register Online Here >>


July

EDWRK 650: Spark (1 credit hrs.) Arbor Creek Elementary

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m. Monday, July 10
  • 9 - 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 11.
Enroll by:
  • Friday, July 7

Course Description:

Science instruction is entering into some exciting times with the many opportunities such as Osmo, 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 provide hands on opportunities to experience some STEM challenges and explore the Next Generation Science Standards as well as observe students in grades 2nd -5th tell you about what they know in the area of science. This session takes place at Arbor Creek Elementary in Olathe.

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

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 610: Teaching Phonemic Awareness (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, July 14
  • 9 - 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, July 12

Course Description:

This workshop will focus on how to assess and teach phonological and phonemic awareness skills to elementary school children. Engaging and hands-on methods will be used to explore all the phonological and phonemic awareness skills along the continuum, from concept of word to manipulating phonemes.

Instructor: Mark Davoren, Reading Intervention Teacher, David Brewer Elementary School, USD 453, Leavenworth Public Schools, Leavenworth, KS
Recommended for: Primary grade teachers. However, if you teach older at risk kids, you may be interested in learning these skills, too.

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 617:Integrating Aesthetics across the Curriculum (1 credit hr.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 12
  • 9 – 3 p.m. Thursday, July 13
Enroll by:
  • Monday, July 10

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. A field trip to a local museum on our second day will be taken, so please bring a camera!

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

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 611: Google Classroom for the Classroom Teacher (1 credit hrs.) — Southwest Middle School, Lawrence, KS

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Monday, July 17
  • 9 – 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 18
Enroll by:
  • Friday, July 14

Course Description:

Want to lighten your paperwork load and find new ways to reach 21st century learners? Google Classroom can help you do just that! Google Classroom is a highly functional suite of apps available to any school with a Google Apps for Education (GAfE) domain. It allows teachers to either begin blending (add a student centered approach to your classroom via the internet) or simply house all their lessons on the platform. Google classroom is a great way to disseminate information (instruction, worksheets, discussions, videos, etc.) to your students. Students are encouraged to collaborate with shared documents and can instantly be notified of due dates and feedback on existing work.

Instructor: Kendra Metz, Grade 6, Southwest Middle School, Lawrence, KS
Recommended for: Any K-12 teacher in the USD 497 district (Google Classroom limits access to only people within the same domain).

Register Online Here >>


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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 19
  • 9 – 3 p.m. Thursday, July 20
Enroll by:
  • Monday, July 37

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: teachers, grades K-12

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 614: I was Right on Time (1 credit)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m. Thursday, July 20
  • 9 – 4 p.m. Friday, July 21
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, July 19

Course Description:

Mr. O’Neill’s book, I was Right on Time, was written in 1996 and chronicles his life and experiences in the Negro Baseball leagues of the mid 20th century. We will examine the many adventures of his life from his early days as a Negro League Star to his later years as an “ambassador for the game of baseball.” However, more than that, this workshop will examine John Jordan “Buck” O’Neill’s amazing attitudes and perceptions while living in an era of segregation and racial discrimination. We will also review parts of Ken Burn’s award winning PBS series on the history of baseball. In addition, we will tour the Negro Baseball League’s Museum and develop an appreciation of the era and how we can incorporate this experience into our classrooms.

Instructor: Harold Spillman, BS Ed, MS Ed, Retired USD 229, Blue Valley School District
Recommended for: educators, Grades 6-12

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 615: Teaching Phonics (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, July 21
  • 9 - 4 p.m. Saturday, July 22
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, July 19

Course Description:

This workshop will focus on how to assess and teach phonics skills to elementary school students. We will learn about all the skills along the continuum, from letter names and sounds to multisyllabic words.

Instructor: Mark Davoren, Reading Intervention Teacher, David Brewer Elementary School, USD 453, Leavenworth Public Schools, Leavenworth, KS
Recommended for: Primary grade teachers. However, if you teach older at risk kids, you may be interested in learning these skills, too.

Register Online Here >>


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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Monday, July 24
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 25
Enroll by:
  • Friday, June 21

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 Hellhake, Student Services Coordinator, Nativity Parish School
Recommended for: all educators, grades K- 12

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 616: Classroom Management like a C.H.A.M.P. (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 26
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Thursday, July 27
Enroll by:
  • Monday, July 24

Course Description:

This workshop will be focused on building classroom procedures and routines to help design a proactive approach to classroom management. The workshop's goal is to prepare any teacher for a positive upcoming school year.

Instructor: Krystal Owens Taylor, Grade 1, Lawson Elementary, USD 453, Leavenworth, KS
Recommended for: Pre K-5 grade and first year teachers!

Register Online Here >>


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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Thursday, July 27
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Friday, July 28
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, July 26

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 Hellhake, Student Services Coordinator, Nativity Parish School
Recommended for: all educators, grades K- 12

Register Online Here >>


EDWRK 609: Fluency in Elementary/Middle Grades (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, July 28
  • 9 - 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, July 26

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 Intervention Teacher, David Brewer Elementary School, USD 453, Leavenworth Public Schools, Leavenworth, KS
Recommended for: educators, grades K- 8

Register Online Here >>



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.