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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 $110 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.
  • 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.

Workshop refund policy: Tuition is refunded in full for workshops that have been dropped prior to the start of the workshop at the initiation of the student (in person, by phone or by e-mail). There are no refunds for withdrawals initiated past the workshop dates, or for not attending.

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 2016 Online and Hybrid Continuing Education Courses:


The Curriculum of Popular Culture: Media Portrayals of Teachers & Educational Systems — (3 credit hrs.)
EDCEC 500/600

— Enroll by Jan. 15 —

ONLINE sessions Beginning Monday, Jan. 18 - Sunday, April 10

IMPORTANT:
You must have a Google email address that you check frequently to enroll in this class. When you enroll please include 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: 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

  • Recommended text: Dalton, Mary M. (2010). The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the movies. New York: Peter Lang.

  • All video materials for course are provided by the instructor.


Teaching Reading with the Social Studies Standards — (3 credit hrs.)
EDCEC 501/601

ONLINE sessions Beginning Monday, Jan. 25 - Friday, April 29

Course Description:

The use of children’s literature plays an important role in social studies instruction at all grade levels. The purpose of this course is to integrate the 10 Themes of Social Studies, English Language Arts, College Career Ready Standards with an exceptional range of children’s literature. This course will provide strategies for before, during, and after reading and methods to apply the strategies to all ten Social Studies themes.

After completing this course, you will never view a “teacher movie” in the same way!

  • Instructor: Patricia Carnahan, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education, University of Saint Mary

  • Recommended for: All educators, grades K-6; secondary social studies instructors

  • Required text: Altoff, Peggy and Golston, Syd (2012). Teaching Reading with the Social Studies Standards. Silver Spring, MD: National Council for the Social Studies.


Outside the Classroom Walls — Field Trip Experiences to Enrich Your Curriculum — (3 credit hrs.)
EDCEC 502/602

ONLINE and FIELD-EXPERIENCE sessions Beginning Monday, Jan. 25 - Friday, April 29

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.

After completing this course, you will never view a “teacher movie” in the same way!

  • Instructor: Dan Doolittle, MED, Middle School Teacher, USD 290

  • Recommended for: All educators, grades K-12


Tech Tools 4 Anyone, Any Device, Anywhere, Anytime — (3 credit hrs.)
EDCEC 503/603

ON-SITE initial meeting — 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30
ONLINE sessions
Weeks of Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, and March 6


Course Description:

Today’s technology offers a plethora of choices. With iPads, Chrome books, MacBooks, Windows Laptops, and Bring Your Own Devices the questions are complex: “What apps should you download?”, “How often should you update your device?”, “How long will these devices last?”, or “Where do I even begin?” Our answer to these questions is simple. This course was developed to give you access to readily available tools that work on any device, any operating system, by anyone, and at anytime. Whether you are using a computer lab, laptop carts, or have access to 1:1 devices, this course will show you how to utilize Web-based tools immediately, easily and without all of the fuss. Join us in this engaging course with tools you can use right away in the classroom or other educational environments.

  • Instructors: Janis Davis, M.Ed., Educational Consultant, former Educational Technology Instructor for the Olathe Public Schools; and Rusty Meigs, Ed.D.; Senior Learning Consultant, Cerner Corporation, former Senior Web Architect and e-Communication Instructor for the Olathe Public Schools

  • Recommended for: All educators, grades K-12


Crafting Noteworthy Digital Presentations — (3 credit hrs.)
EDCEC 504/604

ON-SITE initial meeting — 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday, March 26
ONLINE sessions
Weeks of March 27, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, and May 1


Course Description:

Have you ever wondered why some presentations are better than others? Most of us, when asked to create one, rely on basic formats and templates. This course will show you how to move beyond the mediocre to the exceptional. You will learn how to craft attention-grabbing, attractive presentations using the profound insights found in the Non-Designer’s Design Book. You will use the techniques found in this delightful and visual read to create noteworthy presentations using your platform of choice: Prezi, KeyNote, Google Slides, PowerPoint, or OpenOffice Impress. You will discover you don’t have to be a graphic designer to create the extraordinary using tools you already know.

  • Instructors: Janis Davis, M.Ed., Educational Consultant, former Educational Technology Instructor for the Olathe Public Schools; and Rusty Meigs, Ed.D.; Senior Learning Consultant, Cerner Corporation, former Senior Web Architect and e-Communication Instructor for the Olathe Public Schools

  • Recommended for: All educators, grades K-12


Co-Teaching & Collaboration — (2 credit hrs.)
EDCEC 505/605

— Enroll by April 1 —

ONLINE sessions Beginning Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 29

IMPORTANT:
You must have a Google email address that you check frequently to enroll in this class. When you enroll please include 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 4 approaches to co-teaching. In addition, scheduling, role clarification, administrative support, lesson planning, and other logistical issues will be explored.

After completing this course, you will never view a “teacher movie” in the same way!

  • Instructor: Danita Long, Special Education Teacher Leader, KCKPS

  • Recommended for: Educators and special education educators, grades K-12 — especially if you teach in an inclusion classroom with special needs students or those for whom English is a second language.


Spring 2016 Limited On-Ground Workshops:


February


Integrating Aesthetics Across the Curriculum — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 617

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6

IMPORTANT: Please bring your own camera!

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 Saturday will be taken. Please bring a camera!

  • Instructor: Carolyn Doolittle, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education, University of Saint Mary

  • Recommended for: All educators, grades K-12


Understanding Students’ Career Choices—What Are They Thinking? — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 604

Two Sessions — 6 - 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20

Course Description:

As a classroom teacher, you have significantly more influence on your students’ career and educational aspirations than school counselors do. This workshop is designed to help you understand the issues and thought processes your students are dealing with as they take those first steps toward finding their career paths. Topics will include the ways your students try to make these decisions, hands-on experience with some of the main instruments used as assessments and interventions, sources of information, and tips for finding help.

  • Instructor: David A. Strohm, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Saint Mary

  • Recommended for: Educators grades 4-12 interested in career-focused education


Engaging Through Games and Cooperative Learning Structures — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 607

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27

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.

  • 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: Educators grades 4-12


March


Technology 1:1 — (1 or 2 credit hrs.)
EDWRK 615

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, March 4, and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, March 5

IMPORTANT: Participants will be expected to complete an extended assignment for 2 credit hour option. Please bring your own laptop and iPad.

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 whys and hows 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: Rachael Smith, English Instructor and Department Chair, Baldwin High School

  • Recommended for: Educators grades 4-12 (primary grades with advanced technology skills)


Engaging Through Games and Cooperative Learning Structures II — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 639

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, March 25, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, March 26

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!
 

  • Instructors: 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


April


Google Docs in the Content Area Classroom — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 638

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, April 1, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2

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 means that more of us will need to focus on writing and research in our content area. Google Docs allows a teacher to have not only paperless and REAL TIME access to a student’s writing, but SHARED access as well. As a science, social studies or math teacher, your students can research AS you and the writing teacher collaboratively guide them to more sophisticated writing through a shared document. This workshop will cover ways to incorporate shared Word Docs and Excel Docs, and commenting as a form of feedback. These comments can include feedback in the form of enrichment or reteaching resources, thus meeting the need for individualized instruction. Want to go paperless? This is a great way! Want to try blending? Give this a shot!

  • Instructor: Kendra Metz, Language Arts Instructor, Southwest Middle School, Lawrence USD

  • Recommended for: Teachers of Social Sciences, Sciences, and Technical Subjects, grades 4-12


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

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, April 8, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9

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: All educators, grades K-12


Getting More Bang for Your Teacher Buck — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 614

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, April 15, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16

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!

  • 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: Educators grades 4-12


Going Cross Curricular with Environmental Sciences while Meeting State Standards — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 641

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, April 29, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30

Course Description:

Developing critical thinking skills using the total environment: land, air and water is an excellent way to help students understand how the world works. This course is designed to provide a focused Environmental Education (EE) training that aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and College and Career Ready State Standards. Using Project Learning Tree and Project WET materials, this course will focus on interdisciplinary activities that include the topics of weather/climate, water’s role in earth systems and on human communities, and interrelationships between ecosystems.

Designed for K-12 teachers and non-formal educators, each participant will leave with their own copy of the PLT and WET books as long as course materials fee is paid in full ($45 for teachers and informal educators and $35 for full-time pre-service teachers). High school PLT modules will be available at an additional $7 each. Course materials fee will be due the first night of class. Cash or Check accepted. A variety of biological and conservation issues will be addressed. In many cases, these issues have no right or wrong answers. The materials utilized in this course stress teaching people how to think, not what to think.

  • Instructors: Dr. Ollie Bogdon, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Saint Mary; and Sister Rejane Cytacki, Environmental Education Coordinator, University of Saint Mary

  • Recommended for: All educators, grades K-12


 
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