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USM For-Credit Teacher Workshops

Cost

$ 110 per graduate credit

Location

» Beginning with Summer 2016, all 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 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, newly located at 4500 College Blvd. in Overland Park, Kan. NOTE: THIS IS A NEW LOCATION!

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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Summer 2016 Online and Hybrid Continuing Education Courses:


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

— Enroll by June 3 —

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.


ONLINE sessions — Beginning Monday, June 6 - Friday, Aug. 12

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.


EDCEC 601 — Teaching Reading with the Social Studies Standards — 3 credit hrs.

ONLINE sessions — Beginning Monday, June 6 - Friday, Aug. 12

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 10 Social Studies themes.

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

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

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


EDCEC 602 — Outside the Classroom Walls: Field Trip Experiences to Enrich Your Curriculum — 3 credit hrs.

ONLINE and FIELD-EXPERIENCE sessions — Beginning Monday, June 6 - Friday, Aug. 12

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 290

  • Recommended for: all educators; grades K- 12


EDCEC 606 — Engaging Students of Poverty — 3 credit hrs.

ON-SITE initial kickoff meeting — 6 - 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 7

ONLINE sessions — Weekly through Friday, July 8

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: All educators, grades K-12


EDCEC 604 — Crafting Noteworthy Digital Presentations — 3 credit hrs.

ON-SITE initial kickoff meeting — 3 - 6 p.m. Saturday, June 11

ONLINE sessions — Weeks of June 12, 19, (Break June 26 - July 4), July 5, 10, 17, and 24

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.

  • Instructor: 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


EDCEC 607 — Accessing Technology to Increase Engagement and Efficiency — 3 credit hrs.

ON-SITE initial kickoff meeting — 6 - 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 14

ONLINE sessions — Weekly through Friday, July 15

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 investigate 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.

  • 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: All educators, grades K-12


EDCEC 605 — Co-Teaching & Collaboration — 2 credit hrs.

— Enroll by June 24 —

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.


Co-Teaching and Collaboration Workshop

ONLINE sessions — Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 29

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.

  • Instructor: Danita Long/ Special Education Teacher Leader KCKPS

  • Recommended for: educators and Special Education Educators K-12 – especially if you teach in an inclusion classroom of students with special needs or students for whom English is a second language.


EDCEC 608 — Educational Technology 2: Creating Units for 1:1 Teaching, Learning & Assessment — 1-3 credit hrs.

— Please bring your own laptop and iPad. —

IMPORTANT: Participants will be expected to complete an extended assignment for 2 and 3 credit hour options.


One 8-hour session — 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25. All course work completed by assigned deadlines

Course Description:

This one day (8-hour) workshop and continuing education credit offering will focus on the creation of technology-rich units of instruction, learning and assessment. Using digital tools and resources learned in previous Technology 1:1 workshops or courses, attendees will work with popular courseware, digital tools and devices to Substitute, Augment, Modify, and Redefine current lessons.

Attendees will engage in problem/solution, creation, collaboration, and digital media fluency, as well as examine and critique best tools for instruction, learning, and assessment. Pedagogical shifts will be examined, evaluated and incorporated into content construction using appropriate digital tools and apps to enhance teaching, student critical thinking, learning and assessment.

Attendees seeking one hour continuing education credit will complete a fully redesigned lesson incorporating the SAMR model in both instruction and learning.

Attendees seeking two hours continuing education credit will complete a fully redesigned unit of instruction incorporating the SAMR model in both instruction and learning and/or assessment.

Attendees seeking three hours continuing education credit will create a professional network and digital presence, and redesign a unit of study with digital tools for teaching, learning and assessment.

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

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


Summer 2016 Limited Session On-Ground Workshops:


June:


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

TWO sessions — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4

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: All instructors, grades K- 12


EDWRK 642 — Developing Working Memory through Games, Technology and Movement — 1 credit hr.

TWO sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Monday, June 6, and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 7

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; Cathy Hubler—6th Grade Science, Olathe USD 233

  • Recommended for: Educators grades 4-12


EDWRK 612 — The Trouble with Boys—Turning boys into readers (and writers!) — 1 credit hr.

TWO sessions — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9

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: Educators grades K-12


EDWRK 643 — Problem Based Learning: Lessons that Challenge Students to Think Critically — 1 credit hr.

TWO sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, June 10, and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11

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; Cathy Hubler—6th Grade Science, Olathe USD 233

  • Recommended for: Educators grades K-12


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

TWO sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Monday, June 13, and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 14

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 K-12


EDWRK 649 — Snap! Crackle! Gifted!!  Meeting the Needs of the Gifted Learner K-12 — 1 credit hr.

TWO sessions — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, and Thursday, June 16

Course Description:

This course prepares the teacher to understand diverse gifted learners and to then plan and implement learning opportunities, effective instructional methods and strategies to meet their high academic needs.

  • Instructor: Peggy Harrington, BVNW Enrichment Specialist; 19 years of teaching gifted (K-12)

  • Recommended for: Educators grades K-12


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


Get More Bang for Your Teacher Buck

TWO sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, June 17, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, June 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!

  • 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 K-12


EDWRK 644 — Getting on the Write Track—Gearing students toward becoming purposeful writers — 1 credit hr.

TWO sessions — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, June 20, and Tuesday, June 21

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., Associate Professor of Education, University of Saint Mary

  • Recommended for: Educators grades K-8


EDWRK 620 — Co-Teaching & Collaboration — 1 credit hr.

Co-Teaching and Collaboration Workshop

TWO sessions — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, June 24, and Friday, June 25

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.

  • Instructor: Danita Long/ Special Education Teacher Leader KCKPS

  • Recommended for: educators and Special Education Educators K-12 – especially if you teach in an inclusion classroom of students with special needs or students for whom English is a second language.


EDWRK 645 — Mindful Classroom Management: Bringing out the best in students and teachers — 1 credit hr.

TWO sessions — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, June 27, and Tuesday, June 28

Course Description:

It all begins the first second of the first hour of the first day of the first week of the first month of the school year. Are you prepared?

This practical workshop addresses the following strategies:

  • Establishing positive student/teacher relationships

  • Providing non-verbal strategies to get kids focused and on-task

  • Forming positive parent/teacher relationships

  • Designing a fun and successful

  • Back-To-School Night

  • Managing student behavior

  • Disciplinary Interventions

  • Promoting individual responsibility

  • Instructor: Claudia Chandler, MAT; Language Arts Instructor, Reading Intervention; USD 290

  • Recommended for: Educators grades K-12


EDWRK 646 — Make and Take Math Resources for Upper Elementary-Middle School — 1 credit hr.

TWO sessions — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, and Thursday, June 30

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: Teachers grades 4-9 (upper elementary and middle school)


July:


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

TWO sessions — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, and Thursday, July 7

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: Educators grades K-12


EDWRK 609 — Fluency in Elementary/Middle Grades:  Not Just One-minute Timings — 1 credit hr.

TWO sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, July 8, and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9

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: Educators grades K-8


EDWRK 647 — Comprehension Connections—Strategies to increase understanding and engagement for all learners — 1 credit hr.

TWO sessions — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, and Thursday, July 14

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-12


EDWRK 648 — Montessori 101: The Basics — 1 credit hr.

TWO sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, July 15, and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16

Course Description:

Do you love the Montessori Method, but wish you knew more? Are you a Montessori parent and want to know more to help your child in school? Are you in a traditional teaching setting and want to learn how Montessori can enhance learning in your classroom? Have you seen the hundreds of Montessori pins on Pinterest and wondered what it’s all about?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I have a workshop for you! During this workshop we will take a look at each area of the Montessori philosophy and method.

Topics will include such concepts as normalization, the 3 period lesson, sensitive periods, as well as a brief history of Maria Montessori herself and how she developed her method!

  • Instructor: Christine Dawson, Program Director of Agape Montessori School, Olathe, KS

  • Recommended for: Preschool and primary grade teachers


EDWRK 611 — Progress Monitoring IEP Goals — 1 credit hr.

TWO sessions — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, July 21, and Thursday, July 22

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: Danita Long/ Special Education Teacher Leader KCKPS

  • Recommended for: Special Education graduate students or Special Education Instructors and all interested educators (PreK-12)


EDWRK 637 — Social Skills for Exceptional Child — 1 credit hr.

TWO sessions — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, July 25, and Tuesday, July 26

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 School

  • Recommended for: Educators grades K-12


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

TWO sessions — 6 - 9 p.m. Friday, July 29, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30

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., University of Saint Mary

  • Recommended for: Teachers, grade 4-12 interested in career-focused education


August:


EDWRK 640 — Mindset in the Classroom — 1 credit hr.

TWO sessions — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, and Tuesday, Aug. 2

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: Any K-12 teacher


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

Words Words Words: Enhancing Vocabulary Instruction and Creating Word-Lovers in Your Classroom

TWO sessions — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Thursday, Aug. 4

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: Educators grades K-12


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