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Summer Institute 2024

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  • Legal Issues in Education 2024

    Kimball Elementary School in Washington, DC

    Instructor: Dr. John Taylor
    Class Meeting: June 20,21,24,25,26*
    Time: 9AM-6PM
    Location: In-Person, Kimball Elementary School
    Cost: Registration Fee Required

    This course is designed to acquaint teachers with the contemporary legal issues currently confronting them. A thorough grounding in the derivation of the law and sources of the law will be provided as will information about the structure of the court system in the District of Columbia both in the local and federal jurisdictions. Participants will cover the constitutional basis of current legal issues. Legislative enactments concerning special education, corporal punishment, and schools’ legal responsibilities will be important parts of the course content.

    45 PLUs or 3 Graduate Credits (Trinity)

    * Note: Some classes may end on the 25th to accommodate teachers beginning summer school on the 26th. For those who need it, we will grant an asynchronous or 1/2 day PM schedule on that day!

  • Successfully Integrating the Arts into your Curriculum - Summer 2024

    Kimball Elementary School

    Instructor: Vincent Pope
    Dates: June 20, 21, 24, 25, 26th*
    Time: 9-6PM
    Location: Kimball Elementary School
    Cost: Registration Fee Required

    This course focuses on how teachers can incorporate music in their classrooms and school through arts integration. Emphasis will be on the historical periods of western music from the Baroque Era through the 21st Century. The research presented in this course provides an insight into the lives of great composers, their compositions, and the political, social and economical status in their culture. Teachers will also gain further knowledge of compositional styles. They will learn about famous musical figures of the period while listening, viewing, and discussing each piece. The course also presents a synthesis of the research from the history of arts integration in public schools in the United States, the history of education in the United States as well as how arts integration has a pivotal role in the development of the whole child.

    Asynchronous Work Time: 10 Hours

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or three graduate credits from Trinity University.

     

    * Note: Some classes may end on the 25th to accommodate teachers beginning summer school on the 26th. For those who need it, we will grant an asynchronous or 1/2 day PM schedule on that day!

  • Immersive Technology in the Classroom - Summer 2024

    Kimball Elementary School in Washington, DC

    Instructor: Julian King
    Dates: June 20th, 21th, 24th, 25th, 26th*
    Times: 9-6PM
    Asynchronous Work Time: 10 Hours
    Location: In-person
    Cost: Registration Fee Required

    This course will focus on the research and instructional practices of educators (Pre-K-12) effectively planning, creating, and utilizing Google Classroom (Learning Management System), MS 365 Teams, MS 365 OneNote, MS 365 Sway, MS 365 SharePoint, MS 365 Forms, and MS 365 Stream for instruction, student learning, and assessment. It will provide teachers opportunities to implement best practices in face to face, hybrid and/or distance learning. Additional educational technology included is Seesaw, Edpuzzle, Kahoot, Screencast-o-Matic, Vimeo Playposit, and Flipgrid will be used to create meaningful learning activities as well as creating instructional videos. Students will be exposed to Immersive Technology and explore the impact it could have on student success. Students will also be tasked with applying for a technology grant that will provide teachers additional resources to enhance their instruction. The course content is aligned to the DCPS Four Pillars of Hybrid Learning, social emotional learning, and the Trauma- Responsive Schools Model Core 4. ISTE Student Standards will also be applied. Asynchronous Work Time: 5 Hours

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s.

    * Note: Some classes may end on the 25th to accommodate teachers beginning summer school on the 26th. For those who need it, we will grant an asynchronous or 1/2 day PM schedule on that day!

  • Beginning Reading Instruction - Summer 2024

    Kimball Elementary School

    Instructor: Joanne Cornish
    Dates: June 20th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th*
    Times: 8:30-4:30PM
    Location: Kimball Elementary
    Cost: Registration Fee Required

    This course focuses on how children learn to read and the best ways to teach beginning reading from pre-K to the end of the primary grades. Because the course contains considerable information on how students develop basic decoding skills, it is also useful for teachers and support staff working with older students who are still having difficulty with decoding and fluency. The course presents a synthesis of the research consensus for beginning reading instruction; and it provides the most effective instructional strategies— aligned to research that will help students develop phonological and phonemic awareness, knowledge of the alphabetic system, phonics/decoding skills, print awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or three graduate credits from Trinity University.

    * Note: Some classes may end on the 25th to accommodate teachers beginning summer school on the 26th. For those who need it, we will grant an asynchronous or 1/2 day PM schedule on that day!

  • Reading Comprehension Instruction - Summer 2024

    Virtual

    Instructor: Eulyn Thomas
    Dates: June 24- 28th
    Times: 8-5PM
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: Registration Fee Required


    Participants examine, discuss, and evaluate the appropriate application of a range of instructional strategies from explicit to implicit teaching of comprehension skills. Strategies are presented for increasing student comprehension of both narrative and expository texts—including content area textbooks. In addition, approaches are presented to help students monitor their own comprehension and apply appropriate “fix‐up” strategies when comprehension is not achieved. Practice in using these instructional strategies and examples of student work are embedded in each unit.

    Asynchronous Work Hours: 5

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or three graduate credits from Trinity University.

  • S.E.L. for Adult Instructors - Summer 2024

    Virtual

    Instructor: Dr. Persephone Brown
    Dates: July 22th-28th
    Times: 9-2PM
    Asynchronous Work Time: 5 Hours
    Location: Virtual


    Cost: Registration Fee Required Are you looking for ways to promote SEL in your professional and personal life? How can you 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.

  • Reclaiming Assessments - Summer 2024

    Virtual

    Instructor: Renee LaRue
    Dates: July 22th-26th
    Times: 9-4PM
    Asynchronous Work Time: 10 Hours
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: Registration Fee Required

    Join us for an interactive, practical look inside classroom assessment practices and delve into how personal biases can affect classroom practice. Fair and equitable assessments give teachers useful data on their students that improves instruction. In this course, we will discuss the difference between testing and assessment and develop a better understanding of the many different types of data, as well as, what they can and should not be used for. You will practice shifting classroom assessments so they are culturally responsive, non-biased, valid, and reliable.

    Asynchronous Work Time: 10 Hours

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or three (3) graduate credits at Trinity.

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