Engaging All Students

All ASDN courses are approved in ASD’s MLP system.

EDUC 58152 Supporting Struggling Students with Rigorous Instruction

Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $460 / $510

EDUC 58152 • 3 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F

Course Presenter: Dr. Robyn R. Jackson
Instructor of Record: Diana Kurka

 

In this dynamic course, educators learn how to support struggling students without sacrificing rigor. Presenter Dr. Robyn R. Jackson begins by helping educators understand why students struggle. From there, participants will learn specific strategies for supporting students. These include acceleration strategies designed to prevent students from struggling in the first place, progressive intervention strategies that directly address sources of student struggle and quickly get struggling students back on track, and remediation strategies that target specific areas of difficulty and prepare students for summative assessments.

Dr. Jackson introduces participants to the four stages of rigorous learning—acquisition, application, assimilation, and adaptation—and shows participants how to support students through each stage. Participants learn specific instructional and support strategies for increasing students’ capacity to engage in rigorous learning experiences, ways to increase the rigor of their own courses, and assessment strategies that extend students’ rigorous learning throughout the unit. Finally, participants develop a proactive intervention plan that supports students’ rigorous learning before the lesson, during learning, and through the summative assessment.

 

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EDUC 58153 Manage It All: Students, Curriculum & Time

Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $460 / $510

EDUC 58153 • 3 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F

Course Presenter: Debbie Silver, Ph.D.
Instructor of Record: Diana Kurka

 

Good classroom management begins long before the first day of school, and in this course, veteran teacher Dr. Debbie Silver offers educators the strategies they’ll need to succeed. From arranging the furniture to establishing rules, from modeling expected behavior to communicating privately with disruptive students, Dr. Silver provides classroom-tested tips for creating an environment conducive to learning for all students.

With strategies in place for managing the classroom, Dr. Silver shifts to designing high-quality curriculum using backwards design principles and activities developed to suit different learning styles. Dr. Silver explains how she uses “discrepant events” to challenge students’ prior assumptions, a technique that improves learning and increases retention.

Finally, because teachers never have enough time in the day to do everything, they learn how to evaluate and prioritize their own activities, delegate, and make time to reach their personal and professional goals. Designed for new and veteran teachers, this course provides time saving strategies, practical tips, and great ideas for all teachers to create an effective learning environment for their students.

 

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EDUC 58154 Motivating Underachievers with RTI & DI

Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $460 / $510

EDUC 58154 • 3 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F

Course Presenter: Carolyn Coil
Instructor of Record: Diana Kurka

 

Every classroom teacher looks for ways to motivate, teach, and assess unmotivated students, those who are not working to their potential. In this practical, hands-on course, Dr. Carolyn Coil helps educators design interventions that help unmotivated students improve academic achievement and classroom behavior. She analyzes causes for underachievement, then helps teachers in the classroom identify the various learning styles and modalities that help students overcome their challenges.

Early in the course, she explains why assessment is a critical aspect of differentiating instruction and focuses on assessment tools, Progress Monitoring Forms, Achiever Rubrics, and learning checklists that serve as tools to track what is working with individual students and what is not.
Dr. Coil’s approach is both strategic and pragmatic. She demonstrates how differentiated instruction [DI] incorporates different levels of learning, adjustments in timing, and setting expectations for students involved in different classroom activities requiring different skills, each according to his or her needs. She shows how Response to Intervention [RTI] provides for targeted interventions, academic and behavioral screening for all students, and frequent monitoring of particular students.
Finally, Dr. Coil demonstrates how assessment informs instructional plans, providing hands-on strategies for developing standards-related criteria to measure student product and performance. After completing this course, participants will have an excellent blueprint for implementing both differentiated instruction and RTI in their classrooms, helping their students to become lifelong and motivated learners.

 

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EDUC 58155 A Framework for Teaching: Making the Most of Teacher Evaluation

Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $460 / $510

EDUC 58155 • 2 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F

Course Presenters: Charlotte Danielson & Karyn Wright
Instructor of Record: Diana Kurka

 

Schools and districts across the country have found in Charlotte Danielson’s Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching a tool to promote and assure quality in teaching and continual professional learning for educators. Danielson offers an evaluation system that compels its users to address the fundamental questions of how good is good enough in teaching and good enough at what exactly? How do we know and who should decide? Educators will learn a range of functions for the Framework, from supporting self-assessment and reflection to providing formative assessment of teachers’ practice to providing support for improving their practice. A panel of administrators with experience implementing the Framework in their schools and districts detail necessary steps to implementation and guidelines to facilitate the process. Karyn Wright and her panel add to the discussion considerable detail about what constitutes evidence of teaching practice, where and how to locate relevant data, and how to read that data. They also augment the course’s consideration of professional learning’s role in teacher evaluation, returning to the Framework itself and scrutinizing the role of mentoring and inducting. Educators will come away prepared to instigate and utilize this evaluation system that has been adopted and touted by so many—teachers and administrators alike.

 

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Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching with Charlotte Danielson

Charlotte1Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $440 / $490

Technology Fee: $20

EDUC 58142 • 3 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F

Instructor: Doug Penn

Target Audience:  K-12 Teachers

Charlotte Danielson’s A Framework for Teaching defines teachers responsibilities, which fall into four domains: planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities. Through lectures, classroom observations, and vigorous panel discussions, educators work through how to use the Framework to scrutinize and strengthen classroom teaching practices to improve student learning.  The course prepares educators to use the Framework to become their best professional selves.

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Becoming A Reflective Teacher

Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $440 / $490

Technology Fee: $20

EDUC 58126 • 3 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F

Course Presenter: Dr. Robert J. Marzano
Instructors of Record: Jim & Diana Kurka

 

In this course, Dr. Robert J. Marzano, CEO of the Marzano Research Lab, posits teaching as a collection of skills that benefit from practice and reflection. He assists participants in developing those skills by reflecting on their personal strengths and weaknesses in relation to nine critical design questions, setting growth goals, engaging in focused practice to meet those goals, and soliciting feedback from students and colleagues. Participants will learn from a workshop setting, classroom footage, interviews, and models of reflection-in-process how to use systematic reflection to improve their practice in order to affect student achievement.

 

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Differentiation and the Brain

Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $440 / $490

Technology Fee: $20

EDUC 58127 • 3 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F

Course Presenters: Dr. David A. Sousa & Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson
Instructors of Record: Jim & Diana Kurka

 

Research is revealing so much about how the brain learns that educators can no longer ignore the implications of these discoveries for educational practice. Teachers need to find ways to use this brain research to develop strategies that will allow students to succeed in classrooms with a diverse mix of student readiness, interest, and learning profile. This course, led by expert presenters Carol Ann Tomlinson and David A. Sousa, offers a model for teachers for setting up a differentiated and brain-friendly classroom. Through workshop and classroom footage and interviews with practitioners, participants will explore how teachers’ and students’ mindsets affect differentiation and learn how to develop learning environments most conducive to differentiation. They will study the major components of a brain-friendly quality curriculum; explore effective practices for assessing student achievement to inform instruction; learn how to respond to student readiness, interests, and learning profiles; and investigate effective management techniques for the differentiated classroom.

 

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Grading: A Guide to Effective Practice

Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $440 / $490

Technology Fee: $20

EDUC 58129 • 3 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F

Course Presenters: Dr. Kris Nielsen & Dr. Douglas Reeves
Instructors of Record: Jim & Diana Kurka

 

Grading has a profound impact both on students’ futures and on how and what they learn, and yet traditional grading is marred by undue influences and questionable practices. In this course, participants learn from workshop, classroom, and interview footage to assess their grading and feedback for accuracy, fairness, specificity, and timeliness. They explore ways to improve their feedback to students during the learning process. Finally, they question some customary practices—including not distinguishing academic from behavioral issues, giving mathematically imprecise zeros, and grading the process rather than the product—and consider elegant and efficient alternatives to affect student engagement and achievement.

 

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Energize Your Classroom

Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $395 / $445

EDUC 58101 • 3 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F

Instructors: Dan Sparkman

This course will provide practical exercises and strategies designed to energize students in learning.Teachers will develop a better understanding in a variety of ways to influence students.  Many students in schools are faced with lack of material and teacher expertise in teaching a variety of subjects.

This lack of innovative approaches in teaching may result in students dropping out and teachers burning out.  If teachers are educated in new innovative approaches to teaching, this problem may be reduced.  The class, Energize Your Classroom, will present a wide variety of ideas, latest information, technology and expertise with new approaches to stimulating learning.

In the past five years innovative ideas have been developed to help students and teachers. With our population more media savvy and increasingly diverse, new ways to reach students are needed.  With the Internet, iPods, Youtube and social media our classrooms can be energized with new ways to teach and reach students. Teachers are reaching students with project-based curriculum, team building, Internet interplay, and work-related, community-based learning.

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Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $395 / $445
EDUC 58079 • 3 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F
Instructor: Steve Dahl
This course is designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. In this course you will learn what is meant by Differentiated Instruction (DI) and the common myths associated with creating the differentiated classroom. We will discuss the legal, theoretical, and pedagogical foundations in the field of education that support the utilization of differentiated instructional practices and principles. We will reflect on best practices and national trends in the design of the educational setting to meet the needs of a diverse learning population. Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction will also provide connections to a variety of concepts, variables, and resources that will assist practitioners in aligning their own professional practices with those found in the differentiated classroom.
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