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%.

Acclimating adolescents into effective vocabulary understanding and use is one challenge of the Common Core. Using Module samples, participants will analyze the vocabulary components of the modules. In order to review aligned instructional and experiential practices, participants will discuss and practice with the vocabulary instructional components housed within the modules. Sound, research-based vocabulary practices will serve as catalysts to effective implementation of vocabulary module components to improve teaching and learning.

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

  • Demonstrate understanding and working knowledge of the vocabulary instructional challenges within the Common Core, and the application to the NYS modules. 
  • Prepare and apply vocabulary instructional components applied to module instructional units. 
  • Devise sound, research-based vocabulary practices to effectively implement modules while supporting relevant vocabulary components. 
  • Inspect and analyze the assessment features of the curriculum modules that support vocabulary in order to effectively support expectations of the Common Core.

This course is 60 hours

Students will have 10 weeks to complete each course, after which time they will be un-enrolled. Complete one module at a time. This 20-hour online, asynchronous course is divided into 10 modules. The student must spend a minimum of 1.5 to 2 hours per week over 10 weeks to complete this course. The system will auto-check the course components when the requirements have been met. Requirements include reading lectures, viewing video, and responding to discussion prompts or scenario prompts. Keep in mind that:

  • Some course elements are optional such as grade-band video and resources, in which case you can toggle over the check box and self-check to keep a record of your progress.
  • Certificates of Completion will be made available in the final module once all assignments are submitted, participation and hours requirements met. 

This course is 60 hours

The art of differentiation happens through design, re-design, and new strategy. Participants in this e-course will reinvent lessons using research-based, effective methods for differentiation. They'll have opportunities to re-purpose lesson plans, understand readiness versus ability, and capitalize on brain plasticity to engage students through intellect and creativity. Learning profiles, interest surveys, cognitive-friendly learning environments, tiered questioning and student "hooks" for rigorous learning application are some of the takeaways to this e-course.

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

  • Produce and manage differentiated lessons using research-based strategies. 
  • Apply design strategy for grouping and classroom environment. 
  • Plan and revise online and print tools for differentiation such as learning profiles, interest surveys and tiered questioning.

This course is 60 hours