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.

The Next USM Overland Park Info Session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. 

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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:

Full Summer Session
Continuing Education Course Workshops

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. Thursday, May 29, and Thursday, Aug. 14;
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! 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. Mondays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; July 14, 21
Online forum sessionWeek of July 7

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


Revisiting the Exceptional Child: Resources and Strategies for Success!  (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 550/650

Two Sessions—9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, and Wednesday, June 11

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: Grades K-12

Book Study: Igniting a Passion for Reading (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 553/653

Two Sessions—9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays, June 12 and 19

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)

  • Recommended for: All teachers; grades K-12

Banishing Bullying Behavior…Be a Part of the Solution! (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 566/666

Two Sessions—9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, and Wednesday, June 18

Course Description:
Give your students the power to deal with and prevent bullying behaviors which hinder their learning, and which ultimately take time away from your teaching! Since bullying is a learned behavior, we can also teach how to not bully!

This workshop has presenters who are retired teachers (of all levels), counselors, school psychologists and other public speakers. Participants will be provided with current information about the growing epidemic of bullying in and out of the school environment, and given specific strategies and tools to actually use with students. Activities that promote confidence and empowerment are presented that encourage problem solving opportunities dealing with real bullying situations.

  • Instructor: Blanche E. Sosland, Ph.D.,–Professor Emerita, Park University, national authority on bullying, and Carol Yarmo,–BANISHING BULLYING BEHAVIOR Project Chairman, former Shawnee Mission School District teacher

  • Recommended for: Student teachers, preservice undergraduate and graduate education students, and all teachers, K-12

  • Required Text: BANISHING BULLYING BEHAVIOR: Transforming the Culture of Peer Abuse (2011) by SuEllen Fried and Blanche Sosland, Ph.D.

Digital Content (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 571/671

Two Sessions—9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21

Course Description:
This is a form of flipping the classroom. The workshop would be about creating classroom content and digitally presenting it to the students. A way of making your classroom more efficient and allowing individualized process time for the students. Participants in the workshop would discuss the concept and then practice making content for their students. This is for all grades k-12. A great use of center time in younger classrooms. Instructor will explain and work through any technology issues so no need to fear technology. A great way to teach in the 21st Century.

  • Instructor: Lee Gruss.,– Teacher at St. Paul Episcopal

  • Recommended for: Grades K-12

Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 501/601

Two Sessions—9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, June 26, and Friday, June 27

Course Description:
Close Reading is a critical component of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. In the Notice and Note workshop you will learn about six common signposts that alert readers to significant moments in a work of literature. This practical signpost strategy will help students learn to read narrative text more closely and find text evidence to support their thinking.

  • Instructor: Tracy Stokes,– Literacy coach and reading specialist, PD trainer for Shawnee Mission School District

  • Recommended for: Grades 3-12

  • Required Text: Beers, Kylene and Probst, R.E. (2012). Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading. ISBN: 032504693X


Reader’s Workshop for K-5 Teachers (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 502/602

Two Sessions—9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, and Wednesday, July 9

Course Description:
Are you looking for helpful and effective strategies to successfully implement a reader’s workshop program that you and your students will love? Through this workshop we will discuss how to create an environment conducive to teaching small groups, effectively use assessment, organize and plan lessons using the ELA Common Core State Standards, manage meaningful independent work with smooth transitions, and create an engaging wrap-up that will give your students the opportunity to reflect, share, and learn from their peers.

  • Instructor: DeAnne Whitlock,– Teacher, Blue Valley School District

  • Recommended for: Grades K-5

Fluency Instruction for the Elementary and Middle Grades: It’s Not Just one-minute Timings (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 565/665

Two Sessions—5-9 p.m. Friday, July 18, and 9 a.m-4 p.m. Saturday, July 19

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: Grades K-8

Life Science and the Next Generation Science Standards (1 credit hr.)
EDUCW 503/603

Two Sessions—9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, and Thursday, July 31

Course Description:
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is a new nation-wide effort to update the National Science Standards and also make them more conceptual while engaging students in the practices of scientists and engineers. The State of Kansas has adopted the NGSS as our new standards as of June 2013. This course will correlate the NGSS with life science concepts for grades K-8. Participants will do investigations that can apply to several grade levels. Formative assessment probes will be used to determine knowledge of concepts and model for student learning and also children’s literature will be correlated to the investigations.

  • Instructor: Charlotte McDonald,– Educational Consultant, former Blue Valley School District science teacher

  • Recommended for: Grades K-8


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