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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  (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.


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Online and Hybrid Continuing Education Courses:


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

Online Sessions:
  • Monday, Sept. 11 - Sunday, Nov. 26
Enroll by:
  • Friday, Sept. 8

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

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EDCEC 605: Co-Teaching & Collaborations (3 credit hrs.)

Online Sessions:
  • Saturday, Sept. 9 – Saturday, Oct. 7
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6

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:

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 four 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: Recommended for: all educators, grades K-12 - - especially is you teach in an inclusion classroom of students with special needs or students for whom English is a second language.

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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3
Online Sessions:
  • Monday, Nov. 6 - Monday, Nov. 27
Enroll by:
  • Monday, Oct. 30

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)

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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, Oct. 7
Online Sessions:
  • Saturday, Oct. 7 – Saturday, Nov. 11
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4

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)

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EDCEC 616:  Project-Based Learning: Lessons that Challenge Students to Think Critically (3 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7
Online Sessions:
  • Saturday, Oct. 7 – Saturday, Nov. 11
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4

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.

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
 

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On-Ground and Hybrid - Workshops:


July


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 17

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
 

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

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
 

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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.
 

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

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

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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!
 

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

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
 

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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
 

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September


EDWRK 651: So, How's it Going? Classroom Management Strategies to Start the Year Off Right! (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 -9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6

Course Description:

Join us in this workshop will put your professional skills of reflection into real time practice. As a professional community lead by the workshop presenter we will look at how the beginning of your 2017-18 school year has been. The pathway for our discussion will be research based practices and theories from Robert Mariano and other classroom management specialists. Together we will look at the best practices we are doing that are working, where we think these practices will lead us and how to make sure our professional attitudes and beliefs are present each day in our classroom environment. Time in the workshop will be spent using/trying different tools and ideas you might be interested in, but just don't have the time to investigate for yourself!

Instructor: Lee Gruss, Math and Science Adjunct Instructor; University of Saint Mary
Recommended for: K-12 teachers
 

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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 -9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13

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
 

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EDWRK 644: Getting on the Write Track: Gearing students to become purpseful writers(1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 -9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27

Course Description:

In today’s best writing classrooms, students are encouraged to write early, write frequently, and to take control of their own writing. This classroom develops students who see themselves as purposeful authors with something to say. This workshop will examine the developmental stage of writing and look at ways to nurture our young authors’ writing skills. Elements of focus will include the teacher’s role in the writing classroom, methods used to move students through the writing process, and ways to assess writing. Participants will be given specific writing ideas and strategies that can be used to help create a community of writers in his/her classroom!

Instructor: Carolyn Doolittle, Ed. D. Professor of Education, Director of Education Programs; University of Saint Mary
Recommended for: teachers, grades K-8
 

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October


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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13
  • 9 - 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Oct. 11

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!

Instructor: 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
 

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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20
  • 9 - 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18

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

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EDWRK 604: The Intelligent Classroom: PBL & Steam - Part II (1 credit hrs.)

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27
  • 9 – 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25

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 Part 1 to fully participate in Part II.

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

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November

EDWRK 652: Common Core Math Strategies (1 credit hrs.) 

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10
  • 9 - 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11 
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8

Course Description:

Have you read through the standards and been confused by the language used in describing some strategies for solving math computational problems. Does it look like "new math" to you. In the reading of some of the problems are you caught by the vocabulary and methods used? If so, please join us in this workshop to look at a few strategies used to teach the same math principals. The purpose of this workshop is to break apart a few of the common common core strategies in grade levels K-6. We will learn them, use the proper vocabulary for each, practice using them in real math situations and develop strong questioning skills to go with their instruction.

We don't always have time to look at different strategies used today in education of elementary math. Join us in becoming aware of and understanding, a few math strategies used today from common core math.

Instructor: Lee Gruss, Math and Science Adjunct Instructor; University of Saint Mary
Recommended for: K-8 Teachers

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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17
  • 9 - 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15

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

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December

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

In-Class Sessions:
  • 5 - 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1
  • 9 - 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2
Enroll by:
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29

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., Professor of Education, Director of Education Programs; University of Saint Mary
Recommended for: all educators; grades K-12

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