Teacher License Renewal Courses

Course Descriptions

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Instructional Delivery
16596 EDUC 03PMC S1
This personalized learning course is designed for all teachers and administrators. To complete this course, you attend a Saturday class, design a personal learning plan and have it approved by the instructor (within one week), and complete the plan (within three weeks), and have it evaluated by the instructor for a grade (pass/fail). Proposed plans should take approximately 16 hours to develop and implement.
The course plan will be designed to increase your knowledge of Instructional Delivery (Virginia Standards for the Professional Practice of Teachers Standard 3): Teachers effectively engage students in learning by using a variety of instructional strategies in order to meet individual learning needs.

Target Audience: All teachers and administrators.
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, January 23rd 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South Building Room 207 & Friday, February 26th ONLINE; CANVAS

Instructor: Roberta Gentry

 

Professional Knowledge
16597 EDUC 04PMC S1
This personalized learning course is designed for all teachers and administrators. To complete this course, you attend a Saturday class, design a personal learning plan and have it approved by the instructor (within one week), and complete the plan (within three weeks), and have it evaluated by the instructor for a grade (pass/fail). Proposed plans should take approximately 16 hours to develop and implement (including time spent in class on Saturday).
The course plan will be designed to increase your Professional Knowledge (Virginia Standards for the Professional Practice of Teachers Standard 1): Teachers demonstrate an understanding of the curriculum, subject content, and the developmental needs of students by providing relevant learning experiences.

Target Audience: All teachers and administrators.
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, January 30th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South Building Room 207 & Friday, March 4th ONLINE; CANVAS

Instructor: Roberta Gentry

 

Assessment of and for Student Learning
16598 EDUC 05PMC S1
Individualized instruction. Differentiated instruction. Personalized learning. Student choice. Creating lifelong learners. Buzz words for students, but what about teachers? Most of the time, professional development is a “one size fits all”, “sit and get” experience, but what if it could be customized to align with individual passions and needs? A series of personalized learning courses are being offered allowing you to design a learning plan for yourself, have it approved by the instructor, complete the plan within the time frame outlined, and have it evaluated for a grade (pass/fail).
This hybrid personalized learning course is designed for all teachers and administrators. To complete this course, you will attend an initial course meeting (held on Saturday) to learn about personalized learning, design a personal learning plan within one week and have it approved by the instructor, and complete the plan within three weeks and turn it in for a grade (pass/fail). Proposed plans should take approximately 16 hours to develop and implement (including the time spent in class on Saturday).
The course plan will be designed to increase your knowledge of Assessment of and for Student Learning (Virginia Standards for the Professional Practice of Teachers Standard 4): Teachers systematically gather, analyze, and use all relevant data to measure student academic progress, guide instructional content and delivery methods, and provide timely feedback to both students and parents throughout the school year.

Target Audience: All teachers and administrators.
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, February 13th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South Building Room 207 & Friday, March 18th ONLINE; CANVAS

Instructor: Roberta Gentry

 

Instructional Planning
16599 EDUC 06PMC S1
This personalized learning course is designed for all teachers and administrators. To complete this course, you attend a Saturday class, design a personal learning plan and have it approved by the instructor (within one week), and complete the plan (within three weeks), and have it evaluated by the instructor for a grade (pass/fail). Proposed plans should take approximately 16 hours to develop and implement (including the time spent in class on Saturday).
The course plan will be designed to increase your knowledge of Instructional Planning (Virginia Standards for the Professional Practice of Teachers Standard 2): Teachers plan using the Virginia Standards of Learning, the school’s curriculum, effective strategies, resources, and data to meet the needs of all students.

Target Audience: All teachers and administrators.
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, February 6th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South Building Room 207 & Friday, March 11th ONLINE; CANVAS

Instructor: Roberta Gentry

 

Classroom Management Design
16600 EDUC 05LMC 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: Saturday, February 20th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South Building Room 207 & Friday, February 19th ONLINE; CANVAS

Instructor: Roberta Gentry

 

Teaching Forward Collaborative
16601 EDUC 07PMC S1
The workshop is structured to provide teacher teams a structure to work collaboratively to design instruction plans for the classroom.  Working with a grade level/subject area partner(s) or a colleague(s) in another instructional area (also enrolled in the course) develop a plan that will support student success. Design an action plan to be implemented in your classroom/school. The timeline for the workshop begins with a Saturday class where teams will define the project and rationale (Feb 27) and work with team to submit the final plan (March 26). The instructor will support the team as needed and evaluate the final submission for a grade (pass/fail).The 15 hour work scope for developing the plan should be evident in the final product. The objective for the workshop is to encourage collaboration and change the way teachers plan for the classroom.

Target Audience: K-12 Teachers
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, February 27th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South Building Room 207 & Friday, March 26th ONLINE; CANVAS

Instructor: Jane Huffman

 

Co-Teaching, Collaboration and Consultation
16602 EDUC 06LMC 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: Saturday, March 5th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South Building Room 207 & Friday, March 4th ONLINE; CANVAS

Instructor: Jennifer Walker

 

Game-Based Learning
16603 EDUC 08PMC S1
This workshop will allow teachers to design games for implementation in their classrooms. Prior to the workshop, participants will learn about Game Based Learning.  During the workshop, participants will create one to three games for classroom use.  Bring your own content and design fun and engaging games for your students.

Target Audience: K-12 teachers
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, March 19th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South Building Room 207 & Friday, March 18th ONLINE; CANVAS

Instructor: Roberta Gentry

 

Learning Environments
16604 EDUC 0pPMC S1
Individualized instruction. Differentiated instruction. Personalized learning. Student choice. Creating lifelong learners. Buzz words for students, but what about teachers? Most of the time, professional development is a “one size fits all”, “sit and get” experience, but what if it could be customized to align with individual passions and needs? A series of personalized learning courses are being offered allowing you to design a learning plan for yourself, have it approved by the instructor, complete the plan within the time frame outlined, and have it evaluated for a grade (pass/fail).
This hybrid personalized learning course is designed for all teachers and administrators. To complete this course, you will attend class on Saturday to learn about personalized learning, design a personal learning plan and have it approved by the instructor within one week, and complete the plan within three weeks and turn it in for a grade (pass/fail). Proposed plans should take approximately 16 hours to develop and implement (including your time spent in class on Saturday).
The course plan will be designed to increase your knowledge of Learning Environments (Virginia Standards for the Professional Practice of Teachers Standard 5): Teachers use resources, routines, and procedures to provide a respectful, positive, safe, student-centered environment that is conducive to learning.

Target Audience: All teachers and administrators
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, March 26th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South Building Room 207 & Friday, April 30th ONLINE; CANVAS

Instructor: Roberta Gentry

 

Designing Performance-based Assessments for the Classroom
16605 EDUC 02QMC S1
The course is designed to  examine the 3 Ps of performance assessment – performance tasks, portfolios, and projects. This hands-on workshop will include participants examination of their existing assessments used to evaluate students and work to transition the assessments with a stronger focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.  Additionally, the workshop will explore resources for supporting expanded use of performance-based assessments.

Target Audience: K-12 teachers
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, April 9th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South Building Room 207 & Friday, April 8th ONLINE; CANVAS

Instructor: Jane Huffman

 

Inquiry-based Learning and Technology
16606 EDUC 03QMC S1
Explore how to invert your pedagogy and use technology to design a flipped learning experience that enhances content inquiry and moves away from content transfer. During this course, learners will investigate inquiry-based learning and educational technologies to shift lessons from consumption of content to flipped lessons that will engage learners into the process of learning and enhance their content inquiry.

Target Audience: K-12 teachers
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, April 16th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South Building Room 207 & Friday, April 15th ONLINE; CANVAS

Instructor: Teresa Coffman

 

Understanding Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Intervention Plans, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, and Manifestation Determinations
16607 EDUC 04QMC S1
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, antecedents/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.

Target Audience: K-12 teachers
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, April 23rd 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South Building Room 207 & Friday, April 22nd ONLINE; CANVAS

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.