Teacher License Renewal Courses

Course Descriptions

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Planning for Classroom Success

CRN 85276 EDUC 03D MC  S1 1 Credit

This course will provide both general and special education teachers with strategies and tools to create an engaging and positive learning environment. Topics will include positive reinforcement, relationship building, developing classroom procedures and expectations, outlining tiered consequences, and using a variety of response options to encourage participation.

Friday, September 5, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Class conducted ONLINE via Canvas. Do not report to the Stafford campus)
Saturday, September 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Class conducted in person. Please report to Stafford North, Room 126)
Instructor: Jennifer Walker
Target audience: K-12 general and special education teachers

German Culture: Individualism

CRN 85289 EDUC 09D MC S1 1 Credit

This course introduces German teachers to the “Tübinger Modell” of an integrative Landeskunde. It approaches the teaching of culture in an integrative way: Instead of teaching unrelated cultural topics, the model unites topics under one over-arching concept. In this workshop, participants explore how the concept of “individualism” materializes in different cultural areas such as “living spaces,” “the school system,” “environment,” “(public) transportation,” “food,” and others. This discussion-based and hands-on immersion course will result in the development of curricular material.

Friday, September 5, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Class conducted in person. Please report to Stafford South, Room 207)
Saturday, September 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Class conducted in person. Please report to Stafford South, Room 207)
Instructor: Marcel Rotter
Target audience: Grades 6-12 German teachers

Effective Collaboration and Co-Teaching

CRN 85277 EDUC 05K MC S1 1 Credit

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 collaboration, and ways to plan effectively. The course is appropriate for general and special education teachers of all grades and subjects, as well as, for school administrators interested in facilitating effective collaboration among staff working with students.

Friday, September 12, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Class conducted ONLINE via Canvas. Do not report to the Stafford campus)
Saturday, September 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Class conducted in person. Please report to Stafford North, Room 126)
Instructor: Roberta Gentry
Target audience: All grade levels, general and special educators, administrators

Create an Engaging Learning Lab

CRN 85284 EDUC 06D MC S1 1 Credit

The Fredericksburg Area Museum serves as a powerful learning lab to explore strategies for teaching across the curriculum in the elementary and middle school. The exhibits, art work, artifacts and documents available at the museum will serve as vehicles for examining methods to ignite curiosity, fosters critical-thinking skills, and design engaging learning environments. The Saturday class will be held on site at the museum.

Friday, September 19, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Class conducted ONLINE via Canvas. Do not report to the Stafford campus)
Saturday, September 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Class conducted in person. Please report to Fredericksburg Museum, 1001 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg)
Instructor: Jane Huffman
Target audience: Elementary and Middle Grades

Approaching Bullying in Elementary and Middle Schools

CRN 85285 EDUC 07D MC  S1 1 Credit

Bullying is a growing crisis in U.S. schools and it’s getting worse. This course provides educators with current research on this problem and resources and a look at lesson plans and children’s books for addressing it in (and out) of schools. Topics include: identifying risk factors and warning signs, bullying prevention, responding to bullying, cyber bullying and social media, and relational aggression.

Friday, October 3, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Class conducted ONLINE via Canvas. Do not report to the Stafford campus)
Saturday, October 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Class conducted in person. Please report to Stafford South, Room 207)
Instructor: John Broome
Target audience: K-8

Integrative Models of Teaching Culture II: Globalization

CRN 85291 EDUC 09E MC  S1 1 Credit

This course introduces German teachers to the “Tübinger Modell” of an integrative Landeskunde. It approaches the teaching of culture in an integrative way: Instead of teaching unrelated cultural topics, the model unites topics under one over-arching concept. In this workshop, participants explore how the concept of “Globalization” materializes in different cultural areas such as “the entertainment industry,” “shopping,” “tourism,” “food,” and others. This discussion-based and hands-on immersion course will result in the development of curricular material.

Friday, October 10, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Class conducted in person. Please report to Stafford South, Room 207)
Saturday, October 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Class conducted in person. Please report to Stafford South, Room 207)
Instructor: Marcel Rotter
Target audience: K-12

Understanding Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Intervention Plans, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, and Manifestation Determinations

CRN 85278 EDUC 04D MC  S1 1 Credit

There is a steady growth of literature empirically supporting the use of Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) in classroom settings to reduce problem behaviors. The intended outcome of the FBA/BIP process is to make data-based decisions about how to best serve students with challenging behaviors. This course will provide both general and special education teachers with an outline for creating FBAs and BIPs to include functions of behavior, antecedants/behavior/consequences, replacement behaviors, and data collection. This course will also provide a framework for understanding the legislation associated with the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports as well as Manifestation Determinations.

Friday, October 17, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Class conducted ONLINE via Canvas. Do not report to the Stafford campus)
Saturday, October 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Class conducted in person. Please report to Stafford North, Room 252)
Instructor: Jennifer Walker
Target audience: K-12 general and special education teachers

Special Education for General Educators (and Special Educators too!)

CRN 85279 EDUC 02K  MC  S1 1 Credit

This course is designed for general education teachers wanting to learn more about working with students with disabilities. Characteristics of students with disabilities, accommodations, modifications, and legal requirements will be shared. Special educators are also welcome.

Friday, October 24, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Class conducted ONLINE via Canvas. Do not report to the Stafford campus)
Saturday, October 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Class conducted in person. Please report to Stafford South, Room 207)
Instructor: Roberta Gentry
Target audience: All grade levels, general and special educators, administrators

Diversity & Schools: Emerging Social Justice Research and Practice

CRN 85286 EDUC 08D MC  S1 1 Credit

U.S. student populations are increasingly more diverse and teachers must be prepared to educate all children. This course provides educators with current research and resources for teaching to and with diverse student populations. Topics include: approaching culturally responsive teaching, developing cultural competencies and dispositions, pedagogic strategies as well exploring issues of privilege, inequity and social justice

Friday, November 7, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Class conducted ONLINE via Canvas. Do not report to the Stafford campus)
Saturday, November 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Class conducted in person. Please report to Stafford North, Room 126)
Instructor: John Broome
Target audience: K-12

 

Data Based Decision Making

CRN 85280 EDUC 05D MC  S1 1 Credit

This course is designed to assist teachers with setting measurable achievement goals for students, document student progress towards those goals, and to use 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.

Friday, November 14, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Class conducted ONLINE via Canvas. Do not report to the Stafford campus)
Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Class conducted in person. Please report to Stafford North, Room 126)
Instructor: Roberta Gentry
Target audience: K-6 teachers

 

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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.