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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.

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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Spring & Summer 2015 Limited Session Workshops:


August


Integrating Aesthetics Across the Curriculum — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 517/617

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8

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.

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

  • Recommended for: All educators, grades K-6


Fall Online and Hybrid Continuing Education Courses:


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

— Enroll by Sept. 11 —

ONLINE sessions Beginning Monday, Sept. 14 - Monday, Nov. 23

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.)
EDWRK 501/601

ONLINE sessions Beginning Monday, Sept. 14 - Friday, Dec. 11

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.

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

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


Crafting Noteworthy Digital Presentations — (3 credit hrs.)
EDWRK 528/628

ON-SITE initial meeting — 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19
ONLINE sessions — Weeks of Sept. 20 - Oct. 25.

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


Digital Media Methods 4 Anyone — (3 credit hrs.)
EDWRK 529/629

ON-SITE initial meeting — 9 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Nov. 7
ONLINE sessions — Weeks of Nov. 8, 22, 29, and Dec. 13
FACE-TO-FACE sessions — Nov. 14, Dec. 5


Course Description:
There wasn’t an overabundance of digital cameras in the early years of the Information Age. However, now these devices have gone from being expensive and bulky to being convenient and microscopic portable units that are embedded in most phones and a variety of other digital devices. Even so, people still struggle to retrieve, edit, and share their pictures and videos or other electronic media in ways that can enrich classrooms and provide robust learning opportunities. Whether or not you are a PC or a Mac user, this course will show you how to use free tools such as GIMP, Inkscape, Screencast-O-Matic, and Animoto, which are available on both computer platforms to manipulate, edit, or enhance media for use in a variety of settings. Three sessions will be held in a face-to-face environment (including a kickoff meeting) to provide individual assistance with the installation of software tools as well as modifying, editing and other media manipulation techniques. It is recommend that participants bring a Mac or PC laptop to these sessions along with any other desired devices: flash drives, memory cards, portable drives, cameras, etc. Get ready to master your digital media skills through this exciting and empowering course!

  • 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


Tech Tools 4 Anyone, Any Device, Anywhere, Anytime — (3 credit hrs.)
EDWRK 530/630

ON-SITE initial meeting — 1 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7
ONLINE sessions — Weeks of Nov. 8 - Dec. 13

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


Co-Teaching & Collaboration — (2 credit hrs.)
EDWRK 520/620

— Enroll by Nov. 1 —

ONLINE sessions Beginning Monday, Nov. 2 - Friday, Nov. 20

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.

  • 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


Google Drive/Docs Basics — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 531/631

— Enroll by Aug. 21 —

ONLINE sessions Beginning Monday, Aug. 24 - Friday, Sept. 25

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:
Many school districts are beginning to use Google tools for the classroom. This workshop will focus on using the basic tools and developing an understanding of how these tools can be used in the classroom. Participants will do a series of exercises that require them to utilize what they are learning immediately. If you are interested in streamlining how you manage and share your documents, this is the workshop for you!

  • Instructor: Melissa LeFort, 7th & 8th Grade English Language Arts teacher & ESOL Program Coordinator for USD 290 – USD 290, Ottawa, KS

  • Recommended for: for any teacher in any content area that would like to increase their knowledge of using Google Drive. Anyone can use a Google Drive and it is free.


The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classroom — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 512/612

— Enroll by Sept. 25 —

ONLINE sessions Beginning Monday, Sept. 28 - Friday, Oct. 23

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:
As numbers of students that qualify as English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) increases, so does the demand for teachers to stretch the Universal Lesson Design to its capacity. This workshop will cover the process for identifying who qualifies as ESOL and what this means for a classroom teacher. Attendees will be exposed to a variety of supports and strategies for lesson design and assessment to accommodate all levels of English proficiency.

  • Instructor: Melissa LeFort, 7th & 8th Grade English Language Arts teacher & ESOL Program Coordinator for USD 290 – USD 290, Ottawa, KS

  • Recommended for: Any K-12 teacher, newly licensed teacher, or pre-service teacher who have diverse student populations and are looking for more ways to reach all learners


CITW Lesson Planning — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 532/632

— Enroll by Oct. 23 —

ONLINE sessions Beginning Monday, Oct. 26 - Friday, Nov. 20

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:
The transition from NCLB to Common Core has created a whole new vocabulary and skill set that teachers are expected to be a part of now. This course will briefly review the changes from state standards to Common Core and how to utilize methods like Project Based Learning (PBL) to meet standards for reading and writing in all content areas. Our focus will be lesson design and classroom design that incorporates strategies from Classroom Instruction That Works.

  • Instructor: Melissa LeFort, 7th & 8th Grade English Language Arts teacher & ESOL Program Coordinator for USD 290 – USD 290, Ottawa, KS

  • Recommended for: Any teacher in any content area and administrators looking for strategies that enable staff to create and implement lessons with clear, rigorous, and meaningful objectives


Fall 2015 Limited On-Ground Workshops:


August


Getting Your Head in the Cloud—Livebinders 3  — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 533/633

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29

Course Description:
This workshop will present ways for teachers to organize and find resources using the cloud. Instruction and time will be provided for participants to get hard copies of information and organize it into one click units. The workshop will focus on teaching how to set up and use LiveBinders. Create LiveBinders for units, beginning of the year parent resources, etc.

  • Instructor: Mrs. Lee Gruss, Crossroads Academy, 5th Grade Math

  • Recommended for: All educators, grades K-12


September


Engaging Through Games and Cooperative Learning Structures — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 507/607

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12

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


Appie Hour — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 534/634

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

Course Description:
Instructor will present 10 of her favorite educational apps over the 2 day workshop. All apps will be presented, explained and then used by participants. Time will be given for practice and set up for usage in the classroom. Many of the apps selected will also be web based so iPads are not completely necessary. If participant does not have an iPad one will be provided for practice.

  • Instructor: Mrs. Lee Gruss, Crossroads Academy, 5th Grade Math

  • Recommended for: All educators, grades K-12


Google Classroom for the Classroom Teacher — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 535/635

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

Course Description:
Want to lighten your paperwork load and find new ways to reach 21st Century learners? Google Classroom can help you do just that! Google Classroom is a highly functional suite of apps available to any school with a Google Apps for Education (GAfE) domain. It allows teachers to either begin blending (add a student-centered approach to your classroom via the internet) or simply house all their lessons on the platform. Google classroom is a great way to disseminate information (instruction, worksheets, discussions, videos, etc.) to your students. Students are encouraged to collaborate with shared documents and can instantly be notified of due dates and feedback on existing work.

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

  • Recommended for: Any 4-12 teacher with access to Google Apps for Education. (Just ask your district technology coordinator!)


October


Creating your own Professional Development through Twitter — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 536/636

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3

Course Description:
Join participants in this workshop to see how Twitter can be your Professional Development tool. Participants will learn the hows and why of Twitter as a Professional Development tool. Whether you want to be a tweeter or just and observer, see how Twitter can open your world to mainstreamed professional development.
 

  • Instructor: Mrs. Lee Gruss, Crossroads Academy, 5th Grade Math

  • Recommended for: Educators grades K-12


Words! Words! Words! Enhancing Vocabulary Instruction and Creating Word-lovers in Your Classroom — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 513/613

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

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


Social Skills for Exceptional Child — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 537/637

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17

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: All educators, grades K-12


Getting More Bang for Your Teacher Buck — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 514/614

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24

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: All educators, grades 4-12


November


Google Docs in the Content Area Classroom — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 538/638

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7

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


Engaging Through Games and Cooperative Learning Structures II — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 539/639

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 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; and
    Cathy Hubler—6th Grade Science, Olathe USD 233

  • Recommended for: Educators grades 4-12


Technology 1:1 — (1 or 2 credit hrs.)
EDWRK 515/615

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21

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: All educators, grades K-12

  • Recommended text: for teachers, grades 4-12 (primary grades with advanced technology skills)


December


The Trouble with Boys—Turning boys into readers (and writers!) — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 512/612

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

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 for K-12


Mindset in the Classroom — (1 credit hr.)
EDWRK 540/640

Two Sessions — 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

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: All educators, grades K-12


 
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