Engaging All Students

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Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching with Charlotte Danielson

Charlotte1Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $440 / $465

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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Improving Teaching and Learning with Charlotte Danielson

Charlotte1Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $440 / $465

Technology Fee: $20

EDUC 58102 • 3 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F

Instructors: Jim & Diana Kurka

Target Audience: Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, School and District Administrators

In this 3-part series, participants will be self-paced in their learning as they investigate Charlotte Danielson’s research based strategies for effective instruction and comprehensive teacher evaluation.  The course components are  1) Teaching Framework: Looking at Real Classrooms, 2) 22 Components of Great Teaching, and  3) Teacher Evaluation Using the Danielson Framework.  Each part of the series is broken up into modules which support the different concepts presented.

See what the Framework components look like in action, in real classrooms, in this unique course.  During the classroom observations, participants have the opportunity to learn from Charlotte Danielson through online videos as she critiques the instructional strategies shown in each segment, then explains how they relate to components of the Framework.

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Becoming A Reflective Teacher

Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $440 / $465

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 / $465

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 / $465

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 / $420

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 / $420
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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The 21st Century Classroom

Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $295 / $320
EDUC 59770 • 2 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F
Instructor: Dan Sparkman

The 21st Century Classroom will present all the latest information and technology showing new approaches to teaching and exploring how classrooms can change to meet the needs of each student. Schools that are reaching students will incorporate project-based curriculum; team building; and work-related and community-based learning to engage students.

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Dropout Prevention: Effective Education for At-Risk-Youth

Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $395 / $420
EDUC 59786 • 3 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F
Instructor: Dan Sparkman
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Humor in the Classroom: to Teach and Reach Students

Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $295 / $320

$15 technology fee
EDUC 59772 • 2 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F
Instructor: Dan Sparkman
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