Teacher License Renewal Courses

Course Descriptions

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Understanding and Planning Differentiated Instruction
15872 EDUC 03L MC S1
This course will focus on the principles of differentiation and its applications to the classroom. Participants will learn about accommodations, modifications, universal design for learning, scaffolding, task analysis, and chaining. Research-based instructional strategies will focus on diverse learners, students in special education, gifted students, and English language learners.
Target Audience: K-12 general and special education teachers
Date/Time/Location: Friday, January 30th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, January 31st 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Jennifer Walker

Effective Collaboration and Co-Teaching
15873 EDUC 05K MC S1
Special education law requires that students with disabilities be educated to the greatest extent possible with their peers. Collaboration requires effective communication skills. This course will provide both special education and general education teachers the tools they need to communicate effectively with one another, models of co-teaching, and ways to plan effectively. The course is appropriate for general and special education teachers of all grades and subjects, as well as, school administrators interested in facilitating effective collaboration among staff working with students.
Target Audience: All grade levels, general and special educators, administrators
Date/Time/Location: Friday, February 6th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, February 7th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Roberta Gentry

Every Student Has a Story
15874 EDUC 03A MC S1
Every student has a story to share. These stories can promote positive relationships in classrooms and increase personal pride in students’ lives. Teachers have an opportunity to encourage students’ life stories through integration of writing and reading, using multicultural children’s literature and social studies activities. These serve as a spring board for supporting and respecting diversity in the classroom. This course will offer strategies and materials that can be used in early literacy classrooms through middle grades.
Target Audience: Elementary and Middle School
Date/Time/Location: Friday, February 20th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, February 21st 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #209
Instructor: Jane Huffman

Monitoring Student Academic Progress
15875 EDUC 05H MC S1
This course is designed to assist teachers with setting measurable achievement goals for students, documenting student progress towards those goals, and using the performance data to document and communicate student academic progress. The course will cover developing goals, curriculum based measurement, interpreting the results of assessments, and summarizing student data. This course is specifically targeted to assist teachers in completing Performance Standard 7 targets of the Uniform Performance Standards.
Target Audience: K-6 educators
Date/Time/Location: Friday, February 20th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, February 21st 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Roberta Gentry

Children’s Literature: The Lens for Exploring the Global Community
15876 EDUC 04L MC S1
Literature is an especially powerful way in which to explore the global community. Good literature offers a framework for examining topics across the curriculum including the environment, culture, resources, energy, intolerance, human rights, war, and poverty. The session will explore global themes in literature and strategies for integration in the elementary curriculum to meet SOLs.
Target Audience: Elementary
Date/Time/Location: Friday, March 13th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, March 14th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Jane Huffman

Classroom Management Design
15877 EDUC 05L MC S1
This course will guide teachers through the process of creating a classroom management plan. Participants will learn about school-wide positive supports, functions of behavior, de-escalation strategies, and reinforcements. At the conclusion of this course, teachers will have developed a purpose statement, rules, procedures, expectations, consequences, and an action plan based on information presented about research based practices.
Target Audience: K-12 general and special education teachers
Date/Time/Location: Friday, March 20th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, March 21st 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Jennifer Walker

Special Education for General Educators
15878 EDUC 02K MC S1
This course is designed for general education teachers wanting to learn more about working with students with disabilities. Characteristics of students with high incidence disabilities, accommodations, modifications, behavior management strategies, suspension/expulsion, requirements during an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting, and recent court cases will be shared.
Target Audience: K-12 general educators, administrators, and Encore/Specials teachers
Date/Time/Location: Friday, March 27th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, March 28tht 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Roberta Gentry

Co-Teaching, Collaboration, and Consultation
15879 EDUC 06L MC S1
This course will focus on models of co-teaching, collaboration, and consultation. Five co-teaching models of instruction as well as principles of collaboration will be shared. In addition, research based benefits for both teachers and students will be outlined. Participants will conduct self-assessments about styles of collaboration, views on co-teaching, and expectations in the classroom. This course would be ideal for a team of teachers who are currently co-teaching or planning to co-teach in the future.
Target Audience: K-12 general and special education teachers
Date/Time/Location: Friday, April 17th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, April 18th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Jennifer Walker

 

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*All classes are held at the Stafford campus, 121 University Blvd., unless otherwise noted. Students will need to seek approval from their school systems for specific licensure renewal courses that meet their own recertification requirements.