Fall 2022 Courses

  • Fall PD 2022 - Culturally Responsive Pedagogy


    Instructor: Dr. Casey Collins 
    Class Meeting Dates: Saturday, October 22
    Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm 
    Location: Online
    Cost: Free

    School settings in general, and especially testing, are often stressful for students and even more so because of negative stereotyping (Cohen et al. 2006). However, Steele and Aronson (2005) maintain that these stereotype threats can be counteracted by giving students an opportunity to express their values and abilities. This course will cover how we can build safe spaces in our classrooms to help our scholars be more expressive and feel welcomed. This session will offer an opportunity to learn from each other as we chat about strategies, we can utilize in our classes for the 2022-2023 school year! 

    Participants may earn 9 PLU’s. 

  • Fall 2022 Accessible Literacy Framework (ALF)

    In-Person Location (TBD)

    Instructor: Natalie Porter McCuistion
    Class Meetings Saturdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
    Time 9:00am-4:00pm
    Independent Work Expectations:10 Hours
    Location: In-Person (Location TBD) 
    Cost: Registration Fee Required

    This course covers how to provide reading instruction to students with developmental or intellectual disabilities. The essential components of reading instruction—phonological awareness, sound blending, initial phoneme segmentation, letter-sound correspondence, decoding and shared reading—are framed to address students with complex communication needs. Participants may earn 45 PLU’s. 

  • Fall PD 2022 - Reclaiming Assessments

    Virtual Course

    Instructor: Renee LaRue
    Class Meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays: October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, 29; November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 29
    Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
    Independent Work Expectations: 5 Hours 
    Location: Online
    Cost: Registration Fee Required


    This course is designed to help you understand the power of assessment and monitoring student growth to inform instruction. All teachers want to know where their students start, how they progress, and the results of the teaching and learning process. Diagnostic, formative and summative assessments each play a role in monitoring student learning. Throughout this course, we will talk about using a balanced assessment system in your classroom to support instructional decisions for optimal student success.

    Additionally, we will look at how assessment is important in helping students to take charge of their own learning. Finally, we will address the importance and power of culturally responsive pedagogy, curriculum and assessment to ensure students are engaged in authentic learning.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s. 

  • Fall PD 2022 - SEL for Adults

    Mini-Course - Online

    Instructor: Dr. Persephone Brown 
    Class Meeting Dates: Saturdays October 8, 15, 22, 29
    Times: 9:00am – 1:00pm
    Asynchronous Work Time: None 
    Location: Online
    Cost: Registration Fee Required

    This course will cover ways to promote SEL in your life, better assist your students with managing their emotions, build more positive relationships with others and make mindful, proactive decisions. In this mini-course, participants will explore the dynamics of SEL for adults, as well as developmentally appropriate, research-based strategies that foster students’ social and emotional growth. Best practices for creating and cultivating a positive school year will also be examined. This course is based on the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework. 

    Participants may earn 25 PLU’s. 

  • Fall PD 2022 - Conversational Spanish

    In-Person Class (Location TBD upon approval)

    Instructor: Louis Blount
    Class Meetings: Saturdays - October 15, 22; November 12, 19; December 3
    Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
    Independent Work Expectations: 10 Hours 
    Location: In-Person (Location TBD)
    Cost: Registration Fee Required


    This course focuses on conversation emphasizing pronunciation, basic communication and vocabulary. It also provides the knowledge, vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary for teachers to use Spanish immediately for communication as well as an introduction to some Spanish culture. The course will include the necessary oral practice of dialogue, vocabulary and basic grammar to effectively communicate in Spanish at a basic level. This course is taught mostly in Spanish. Outside classwork and homework is mandatory to attain PLU's. 

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s. 

  • Fall PD 2022 - Psychology and Education of Exceptional

    Online Class

    Instructor: Dr. John Taylor 
    Class Meeting Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays - October 25, 27; November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15,17; December 1 ,6, 8, 13, 15
    Times: 4:30-7:30
    Asynchronous Work Time: 10 Hours
    Location: Online 
    Cost: Registration Fee Required


    This course is designed to provide opportunities that specifically meet the needs of special educators and other school personnel. Participants will acquire knowledge regarding the psychological development and characteristics for children and youth. They will explore the principles of special education, paying particular attention to the appropriate role of the special educator in a variety of settings. Educators will trace the origin and philosophies of special education and attention will be given to issues which currently influence the field of special education including the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). The intended outcome is to have the participants successfully apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the course to special needs students. 

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s. 

  • Fall PD 2022 - Meeting Writing Expectations in the K-5 Classroom

    In-Person (Location: TBD)

    Instructor: Tiffany Brown 
    Class Meeting Dates: Saturday October 29, IN-PERSON
    Times: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Location: In-Person (Location TBD) 
    Cost: Free


    This course will review research and recommendations regarding effective writing instruction. You will also engage in the writing process and develop methods and strategies for teaching writing to diverse learners in all content areas. Participants will see the connection of effective writing instruction to relevant writing standards, review research and recommendations regarding effective writing instruction, engage in the writing process, and reflect on new learning. 

    Participants may earn 5 PLU’s. 

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