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%.

Thanks to new advances in neuroscience, it is confirmed that changes in brain plasticity take place when art is introduced to a curriculum, resulting in higher student achievement. Leveraging art and cognitive science with teaching and learning is easily achieved as participants learn to cultivate and nurture the creative "art brain" in students through learning environment, strategy and effective scaffolding technique. Participants will explore and experiment with cognitive learning theory as it informs rich and creative planning strategy and the differentiated curriculum that results of it.

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

  • Interpret and evaluate the cognitive science behind teaching and learning as influenced by an arts-rich curriculum.
  • Plan with new strategies to implement and facilitate a multisensory and content-rich curriculum that integrates the arts.
  • Compose and scaffold student learning using creative strategy in a content-focused curriculum.

This course is 20 hours

Neurons pass information along at speeds of up to 200 miles an hour. With this speed, there's no end to the brain-power students can harness, and the teacher has everything to do with it! Participants in this e-course will learn how to establish cognitive-friendly learning environments that aid in student retention while minimizing the stresses that pull them away from learning. Participants will leave this workshop with multiple takeaways for immediate, brain-friendly application.

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

  • Outline and support the practices and conditions needed to establish cognitive-friendly learning environments. 
  • Establish cognitive-friendly learning environments in K-12 classrooms.
  • Produce and facilitate retention and cognition among students through motivation and engagement.

This course is 20 hours

Using assessment criteria to drive instruction requires the use of reliable data. Teachers that are actively and systematically use this data can understand student performance and thus leverage it best for effective progress monitoring. Participants will be introduced to multiple assessments that include feedback models and other formative methods that feed instructional decisions. Participants will learn to find and use this data effectively to make informed instructional decisions with. 

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

  • Evaluate and monitor work against student assessment criteria.
  • Align student assessment criteria with performance standards.
  • Analyze assessment and use performance criteria to improve teaching practices.
  • Respond to students identified instructional needs with effective strategies that align to learning targets.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness to student needs.

This course is 20 hours