Courses


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Differentiated Instruction


Differentiating instruction is critical in order to reach all learners. Learn how to differentiate the content, the process, and the product. Appropriate strategies for differentiation will be presented.

Audience: K-8 Teachers, Coordinators, Administrators.

This course includes 4 modules of 4 hours each one.

  1. Introduction to Differentiated Instruction
  2. Differentiation in Response to Students’ Learning Styles and Interests
  3. Managing the Differentiated Classroom using Flexible Grouping
  4. Curriculum and Differentiation
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Curriculum Mapping


Curriculum mapping is a design tool that assists in the process of collecting data regarding operational curriculum: the real teaching and learning that takes place daily in the classroom. Audience: Teachers and administrators who want to start the process or who have started and need a refresher course.

Audience: Administrators and Teachers K-12

This course includes 4 modules of 4 hours each one:

  1. Introduction to Curriculum Mapping
  2. How to create and align maps
  3. Four Phase Model to Implement in Your School
  4. Creating a Learning Community Using Curriculum Mapping
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Literacy

Writing


Explore your own writing process in order to apply it in the classroom. Acquire the tools to make writing practical and joyful and integrate the Six + 1 Traits of writing.

Audience: K-8 Teachers, Coordinators, Administrators.

This course includes 6 modules of 4 hours each.

  1. Discovering the Joy of Writing
  2. Writing in Preschool (can be taken independently)
  3. Learning the Writing Process
  4. Applying the Writing Process
  5. The Six +1 Traits
  6. Writing Different Genres
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Promoting Thinking Skills through Comprehension Strategies


If we want students to think, we need to teach them to think, if we want students to understand what they read, we need to teach our students comprehension strategies. Participants will learn how to use explicit instruction and modeling to teach all levels of comprehension strategies, thus dramatically improving reading comprehension.

Audience: 1-6 Teachers, Coordinators, Administrators.

This course includes 2 modules of 4 hours each:

  1. Introduction to Reading Comprehension
  2. Learning and Applying Different Strategies in Fiction and Nonfiction Texts
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English Language Development


Children learn a second language in a similar way in which they learn their native language. Through hands-on activities, teachers will learn practical ways to effectively teach English language learners.

Audience: K-6 Teachers, Coordinators, Administrators.

This course includes 3 modules of 4 hours each:

  1. Language Development of Second Language Students
  2. Vocabulary Strategies for Oral and Written Language
  3. Including Technology in your Teaching
  4. Developing Language Through Literature
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Guided Reading


This course will cover the basics of Guided Reading, from research to the realities of today’s classroom. Topics covered include how to group for instruction, what to do with the rest of the class when meeting with small groups, how to select text on the “just-right” level for each student, and how to implement, manage, and assess effective guided reading lessons.

Audience: K-3 Teachers, Coordinators, Administrators.

This course consists of 3 modules of 4 hours each:

  1. Introduction to Guided Reading
  2. How to form groups for Guided Reading
  3. Class Management in Guided Reading

Early Childhood

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Handling Developmental and Clinical Issues in Preschool Children


Developmental and clinical issues are often the biggest obstacle in the preschool environment. In this course, participants will be presented with tools to address common developmental issues. A special emphasis will be placed on how to communicate with the families of these children and when to recommend professional help.

Audience: Preschool Teachers, Coordinators, Administrators.

This course includes 5 modules of 4 hours each:

  1. An Introduction to Developmental Issues in Preschool Children
  2. An Introduction to Clinical Issues in Preschool Children
  3. Handling these Issues in the Classroom
  4. Communicating with Parents and Mental Health Professionals
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Fostering the Development of Executive Functions in Children


Executive functions are a set of cognitive abilities that control and regulate other abilities and behaviors. Participants will explore the brain science behind executive functions, as well as how to strengthen them, and learn how these abilities influence healthy development in the classroom and beyond.

Audience: Preschool Teachers, Coordinators, Administrators.

This course includes 3 modules:

Modules:

  1. Understanding Executive Functions
  2. The Role of Executive Functions in Healthy Development
  3. Promoting the Development of Executive Functions.
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Emergent Literacy


Recent research clearly shows the impact and importance of developing literacy skills in preschool in order to help students be more successful in later years. Phonemic awareness, phonics, and oral language development are strong predictors for success in reading. Teachers will learn the basics of emergent literacy, and be given practical ideas for developing basic literacy skills during preschool.

Audience: Preschool Teachers, Coordinators, Administrators.

This course consists of 3 modules of 4 hours each:

  1. Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Preschool
  2. Language Development for English Language Learners
  3. Phonemic Awareness and Phonics in Preschool
  4. Small Group Instruction in Preschool
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