Teacher License Renewal Courses

Course Descriptions

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Co-Teaching, Collaboration, and Consultation
15879 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: 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

Local History Across the Elementary Curriculum K-6
52318 EDUC 06GMC  S1
“Take advantage of local history resources to stimulate student interest in social studies by bringing the past to life and connecting students with the rich heritage of their community. This hands-on workshop will explore the use of primary sources, historic photographs and maps and documents to teach history across the curriculum.

This course will include a visit to Historic Kenmore, the Fredericksburg home of revolutionary war patriots Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis.”
Target Audience: K-6
Date/Time/Location: Friday, May 29th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, May 30th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Jane Huffman

Special Education for General Educators & Special Educators
52319 EDUC 02KMC 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, and requirements during an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting will be shared.
Target Audience: K-12 general educators, administrators, and Encore/Specials teachers
Date/Time/Location: Friday, June 5th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, June 6th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Roberta Gentry

Monitoring Students’ Academic Progress
52320 EDUC 05HMC 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
Date/Time/Location: Friday, June 19th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, June 20th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Roberta Gentry

Intro to Autism Characteristics and Strategies for the Non-Special Educator – Section II
52339 EDUC 08KMC S2
Please note that this is a hybrid course. Students will be given the equivalent of 5 hours of assignments to complete independently via Canvas prior to attendance at Saturday’s class.  Explore the characteristics of ASD, autism spectrum disorder, and related disabilities and how these characteristics impact the student in the school environment. Discuss the range of disability characteristics related to ASD and related disabilities and impacting issues such as anxiety, perseveration, transitions, meltdowns, special interests, and twice exceptionally. No experience necessary for this course, which starts at the beginning and ends with gained knowledge and understanding of characteristics of the spectrum and beginning strategies for working with students with ASD.
Target Audience: All grade levels, para educators, general educators, school counselors, administrators, and school related services providers.
Date/Time/Location: Friday, July 10th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, July 11th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Nicole Myers

We the Kids – Civics Instruction in the Elementary School
52317 EDUC 07LMC S1
Help your students build basic civic knowledge and understand their role as active citizens. This course will examine strategies for integrating civics SOLs across core content areas with a focus on active learning strategies that will strengthen student understanding of politics and government with opportunities to practice the skills of good citizenship. Specific attention will be given to understanding state and local government.
Target Audience: K-6
Date/Time/Location: Friday, July 17th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, July 18th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Jane Huffman

Planning for Classroom Success
85893 EDUC 03DMC S1
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.
Target Audience: K-12 general and special education teachers.
Date/Time/Location: Friday, September 11th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, September 12th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Jennifer Walker

Intro to Autism Characteristics and Strategies for the Non-Special Educator – Section I
85879 EDUC 08KMC S1
Please note that this is a hybrid course. Students will be given the equivalent of 5 hours of assignments to complete independently via Canvas prior to attendance at Saturday’s class.  Explore the characteristics of ASD, autism spectrum disorder, and related disabilities and how these characteristics impact the student in the school environment. Discuss the range of disability characteristics related to ASD and related disabilities and impacting issues such as anxiety, perseveration, transitions, meltdowns, special interests, and twice exceptionally. No experience necessary for this course, which starts at the beginning and ends with gained knowledge and understanding of characteristics of the spectrum and beginning strategies for working with students with ASD.
Target Audience: All grade levels, para educators, general educators, school counselors, administrators, and school related services providers.
Date/Time/Location: Friday, September 18th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, September 19th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Nicole Myers

Special Education for General Educators (and Special Educators too)
85880 EDUC 02KMC 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, and requirements during an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting will be shared.
Target Audience: K-12 general educators, administrators, and Encore/Specials teachers.
Date/Time/Location: Friday, September 25th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, September 26th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Roberta Gentry

Intro to Autism Characteristics and Strategies for the Non-Special Educator – Section II
85881 EDUC 08KMC S2
Please note that this is a hybrid course. Students will be given the equivalent of 5 hours of assignments to complete independently via Canvas prior to attendance at Saturday’s class.  Explore the characteristics of ASD, autism spectrum disorder, and related disabilities and how these characteristics impact the student in the school environment. Discuss the range of disability characteristics related to ASD and related disabilities and impacting issues such as anxiety, perseveration, transitions, meltdowns, special interests, and twice exceptionally. No experience necessary for this course, which starts at the beginning and ends with gained knowledge and understanding of characteristics of the spectrum and beginning strategies for working with students with ASD.
Target Audience: All grade levels, para educators, general educators, school counselors, administrators, and school related services providers.
Date/Time/Location: Friday, October 2nd 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, October 3rd 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Nicole Myers

Monitoring Students’ Academic Progress
85882 EDUC 08KMC 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 teachers
Date/Time/Location: Friday, October 16th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, October 17th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Roberta Gentry

Effective Co-Teaching
85883 EDUC 08KMC S1
Special education law requires that students with disabilities be educated to the greatest extent possible with their general education peers. This course will provide both special and general education teachers tools for effective communication, 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, for school administrators interested in facilitating effective co-teaching among staff working with students.
Target Audience: All grade levels, general and special educators, administrators.
Date/Time/Location: Friday, October 23rd 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, October 24th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Roberta Gentry

Understanding Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Intervention Plans, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, and Manifestation Determinations
85894 EDUC 04DMC 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 general and special education teachers.
Date/Time/Location: Friday, November 20th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, November 21st 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.