Teacher License Renewal Courses

Course Descriptions



German Culture: Sustainability

This course introduces German teachers to the “Tübinger Model” of an integrative Landeskunde.  It approaches the teaching of culture in an integratrive 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 “Sustainabiity” materializes in different cultural areas such as “green living,” “shopping,” “(public) transportation,” “food,” and others.  This discussion-based and hands-on immersion course will result in the development of curricular material. *Students must speak German at the Intermediate/High proficiency level.

Instructor:                           Marcel Rotter
Date/Time/Location:     4:00p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday, January 16, 2015 – ONLINE CANVAS
                                                  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2015 – Stafford South, Room 207

Understanding and Planning Differentiated Instruction

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.


Effective Collaboration and Co-Teaching

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.


Every Student Has a Story

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.


Monitoring Student Academic Progress

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.


Children’s Literature: The Lens for Exploring the Global Community

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.


Classroom Management Design

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.


Special Education for General Educators

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.


Co-Teaching, Collaboration, and Consultation

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.



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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.