These courses are on-demand and self-paced. Participants will receive a certificate of completion once all assignments are successfully completed, and a quiz is passed with at least 80%.

Critical literacy isn't about reading critically. It is a process by which students read through and beyond text to analyze, integrate and become transformational. Participants in this e-course will learn the strategies that teach effective questioning as prior knowledge leverages with new information through written and spoken responses to literature. Participants will learn new strategies for teaching and facilitating critical literacies through reading, writing, questioning and researching with a new lens.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Restate and analyze the theory behind critical literacy, and its relevance to student learning.
  • Generate new strategies for teaching and facilitating critical literacy in classrooms.
  • Prepare and implement instructional strategies with critical literacy as a background objective.

This course is 20 hours

Participants will explore the hybrid world of digital technologies and what it has to offer in learning tools and curriculum design. Aspects of study will include communication, research, development, and social educational networking in furtherance of teacher-student abilities to harness critical information in multiple and user-friendly formats. Participants will be introduced to, and practice with, the 21st century tools and resources that lead to effective curriculum design and hybrid instructional approaches that further CCSS 21st century digital literacies.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop working familiarity with free electronic resources and other solutions such as social media, online lesson content and interactive organizers to plan a hybrid literacy curriculum with.
  • Create and discuss lesson plans that integrate digital technologies with traditional classroom instruction for a differentiated and engaging, content-specific curriculum.

This course is 20 hours

Flipping a classroom takes commitment and time because is an inverted method of transforming a traditional classroom to one of responsiveness with a focus on delivery of instruction through active, student-centered learning, problem-based learning, group work, collaboration, and peer instruction. Participants will learn how to, and practice with, delivering flipped learning through digital technologies. They will view examples of flipped classrooms, vet lesson plans, transform and modify their own lessons to design new material that responds to several successful effective models of flipping classrooms.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Determine where flipping is needed, and where it makes the most sense, for individual classrooms in order to design effective flipped classroom plans through blended learning.
  • Select resources for classroom activities that focus on skill, strategy, and concept application to embed in larger lesson plans.
  • Analyze, teach, and develop facility with, components of flipped classrooms that are most engaging for students.

This course is 20 hours

What are the classroom conditions that motivate and engage our 21st century learners? What are the assignments that cultivate curiosity and foster collaborative peer relationships? This e-course examines the research that supports engaging classroom talk, questioning and self-expression through strategy, technology and effective teacher facilitation. Participants will leave this e-course with multiple resources to aid in motivating and engaging the 21st century adolescent learners in their classrooms.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize and defend the classroom conditions necessary for 21st century learners to become motivated and engaged. 
  • Identify resources and modify them to collaborative assignments that incorporate hybrid methods of teaching and learning. 
  • Chose and implement strategies for effective facilitation of a motivating curriculum.

This course is 20 hours

Inquiry-based teaching and learning begins with strategy, commences with inquiry and ends with deep understanding. Participants in this e-course will learn the role of the facilitator while practicing with approaches geared to moving students to and through inquiry-based learning. Models taught will embrace the potential to engage student learning while fostering deep knowledge and understanding through hands-on curriculum, research-based methods and reflection. 

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Modify and adjust learned strategies into classrooms in order to reflect and make needed adjustments.

This course is 20 hours