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    School administrators and school leaders learn theories and philosophies about classroom management but seldom learn practical methods for guiding effective management. Classroom management involves a positive classroom environment, setting appropriate standards of behavior for students, student engagement, and effective management of routines and transitions.  This course presents a practical guide for those with leadership certification in helping them identify teachers with strong management skills and in helping them lead all teachers in creating effective skills to establish and effectively manage positive and productive classrooms. Research articles, activities, discussion forums, and webinars provide opportunities for participants to examine management skills and techniques that promote a positive school and classroom climate.

    The Common Core Math Standards describe eight Standards for Mathematical Practice applicable to students of all grades. Different than the grade-specific content standards, these practices describe the habits of mind—the ways of thinking about math—that mathematicians and successful students use. In this course, participants will explore and unpack the eight Mathematical Practices, learning what they mean and how they can be developed across all grades. Participants will read articles to deepen their understanding of the practices, watch videos to see how other teachers are fostering the practices in their curricula, listen to interviews with experts, and collaboratively develop ideas and strategies for developing the practices with students. Participants will create or rework a lesson to promote one or more of the mathematical practices in their classrooms that can be used now, regardless of whether or not the Common Core Content Standards are addressed.

    It is important that educators stay abreast of the newest trends in education and to gain the necessary knowledge to inform and assist fellow educators choosing to implement new methods of instruction.  In this course, educators will be introduced to the flipped classroom approach to instruction.  According to the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, " “flipping the classroom” means that students gain first exposure to new material outside of class, usually via reading or lecture videos, and then use class time to do the harder work of assimilating that knowledge, perhaps through problem-solving, discussion, or debates."  Participants will create their own flipped lessons.

    This course is designed to introduce participants to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA-Literacy and the important instructional shifts of those standards, including balancing informational and literary text, building knowledge in the disciplines, understanding the “staircase of complexity,” developing text-based answers, writing from sources, and using academic vocabulary. Participants will learn to examine standards closely, unpack and explore the standards, especially those addressing reading, vocabulary and language, and build background information. In addition, participants will learn how students will demonstrate mastery of the standards, how assessments will change, and finally, how technology and multimedia support teaching and learning of these standards.  Participants will showcase what they have learned by completing a lesson around one or more CCSS for ELA-Literacy.

    This is the final of four courses for WCSD teachers in the ELL Cohort with Julie Lucas to get their TESOL endorsement.  This course will examine SIOP strategies as well as serve as the culmination for how to use knowledge of second language acquisition, assessment, and methods for planning for and instructing ELLs.

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    Curriculum is the content, activities, and materials employed in the attainment of educational outcomes.  We will explore how curriculum for ELLs is developed and how it looks from different perspectives. Participants in this course will review, analyze and select quality content appropriate for English Learners within and to supplement a proscribed curriculum.  We will also investigate critical components of curricula that facilitate the acquisition of academic English, and design thematic content curricula across subject areas and/or the four language domains to address a range of English proficiency levels. 

    This course is a culmination of all learning in the previous three TESL cohort courses.  You are expected to draw upon and refer to (and cite) this learning throughout the Curriculum & Instruction course activities, with particular attention to the application of language acquisition and assessment theory, as well as methods and strategies for instruction and assessment of ELLs.

    This course focuses in the 6 instructional shifts in ELA instruction that will occur with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Participants will engage in reading, watching videos and discussion around these 6 Shifts and will share different ways they are using the 6 Shifts in their classroom.

    This course is for current Parent Involvement Facilitators and Education Support Professional personnel who wish to promote into Parent Involvement Facilitator positions. The course is designed to help participants apply the skills needed to serve as effective Parent Involvement Facilitators. The course covers the National PTA Standards for parent engagement. This is an instructor-led, on-line course which begins with a face-to-face Orientation on 8/4/2014. The last day of the course is 12/18/2014. Participants will be required to complete the second part of the course in SkillPort.

    This course is open to all WCSD Education Technology Specialists (ETS) in their first two years of employment. This course will count toward ETS Academy Certification. Topics covered include professionalism, i-SAFE curriculum, Windows environment, Microsoft K-6 curriculum, SkillPort training, student management in the computer lab, 21st Century Learning dimensions, Web 2.0, and MAP tests.

    This course is designed to provide intermediate level instruction in conversational Spanish for WCSD employees. As our demographics continue to change, instruction for effective communication and language acquisition is necessary to strengthen family/ school partnerships. This course is designed for individuals who are interested in improving their ability to converse with Spanish-speaking parents/families, students, and colleagues in the workplace. This is an on-line course. The instructor will provide video lessons and integrate fun exercises in speaking Spanish in a webinar setting. Participants will work on-line on the Duolingo platform to complete language exercises. Coursework will cover present tense verb conjugations, extended school-related vocabulary, and customer service vocabulary.

    This course is designed to provide instruction in Conversational Spanish for individuals who have little or no Spanish-speaking skills and are interested in learning basic Spanish communication skills. This is an on-line course. The instructor will provide video lessons and integrate fun exercises in speaking Spanish in a webinar setting. Participants will work on-line on the Duolingo platform to complete language exercises. Coursework will cover the alphabet and vowels, greetings, numbers, calendar-related words, places and things at the school site, and key question words.

    Online AP Chemistry course for Mrs. Crowley at Damonte Ranch High School.

    Honor's Chemistry course at Damonte Ranch HS with Mrs. Crowley.

    I would like to create an online course to supplement my classroom teaching.