PLS 3rd Learning Graduate Course Descriptions

Achieving Student Outcomes Through Cooperative Learning™

Discover how to successfully implement cooperative learning and set up, monitor, and debrief student learning. Learn more…

Action Research for the Classroom™ Online

Examine your instructional practices and explore the benefits of action research. Showcase your findings in an action research report that includes how you will improve your current practices. Learn more…

Action Research in the E-Learning Environment™ Online

Discover online data collection techniques, interpret the data to affect change in the online classroom, and develop a research plan that integrates e-learning technology and supports teacher research. Learn more…

Behavioral, Academic, and Social Interventions for the Classroom™

Design effective universal and targeted interventions that support student resiliency and meet the expectations of a Response to Intervention (RTI) classroom. Learn more…

Blended and Synchronous Learning Design™ Online (Updated for 2015!)

Explore online blended and synchronous e-learning environments, the development process, and considerations for implementation of each. Learn More…

Brain-Based Ways We Think and Learn™

Explore the thinking skills of induction, deduction, analysis, and synthesis. Discover how an enriched and brain-compatible environment enhances learning. Learn more…

Building Communication and Teamwork in the Classroom®

Reach a new level of positive communication with strategies designed to foster an emotionally engaging classroom where students are connected to school, learning, and one another. Learn more…

Building Online Collaborative Environments™ Online

Experience the Web as a means of constructing new knowledge through conversation, networking, and collaboration. This course focuses on currently available tools and their utilization. Learn more…

Classroom Management: Orchestrating a Community of Learners® (On-site, Online, and Accelerated)

Explore basic techniques for orchestrating an effective learning environment where instruction flows smoothly, student misbehavior is minimized, and the potential for learning is maximized.
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Collaborative Inquiry for Students: Preparing Minds for the Future®

Design collaborative inquiry experiences that develop 21st century skills. Explore strategies for teaching collaboration, teamwork, and decision making via real-world inquiry experiences based on essential questions. Learn more…

Cultural Competence: A Transformative Journey™ Online

Explore the framework “know yourself, your students, and your practice” to understand your role in student achievement and as an agent of change for social justice. Learn more…

Designing Motivation for All Learners®

Investigate the dimensions of motivation and explore a variety of motivational classroom strategies designed to support content and enhance student engagement. Learn more…

Differentiated Instruction for Today’s Classroom® (On-site, Online, and Accelerated)

Acquire key knowledge, skills, and strategies to differentiate instruction in your classroom.
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Educating the Net-Generation™ (Online and Accelerated)

Explore and apply innovative techniques that align with the values of the Net-Generation, including advances in technology, a team approach, and social networking.

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Facilitating Online Learning Communities™ Online

Discover and practice the skills of effective online facilitation necessary to nurture a successful online learning community, manage myriad facilitator roles, and communicate positively and effectively. Learn more…

Foundations of Literacy: Beginning Reading™ Online

Examine the National Reading Panel and International Reading Association’s components of reading. Create reading lesson plans and hands-on activities that include these reading components to increase reading fluency and motivation. Learn more…

Instructional Design for Online Educators™ Online

Analyze instructional design theories and approaches in the e-learning environment. Apply the basics of instructional design, discover philosophies of e-learning, and explore multimedia, interaction, and delivery tools for online courses. Learn more…

Meaningful Activities to Generate Interesting Classrooms

Acquire firsthand experience designing new and interesting activity-based lessons that unlock the creative minds of students and teachers alike. Learn more…

Professional Learning for Teacher Effectiveness

Demonstrate higher levels of performance and teacher practice.
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Purposeful Learning Through Multiple Intelligences (On-site and Online)

Discover the power and potential of teaching and learning through Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences. Explore classroom strategies and explore entry points for integrating the intelligences into your classroom to engage and challenge diverse learners.
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Reading Across the Curriculum™ (On-site and Online)

Explore reading strategies designed to enhance comprehension in your content area.
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Secondary Content Methods™ Online

Study the content and pedagogy appropriate for teaching high school content curriculum standards. (Questions for Life: Powerful Strategies to Guide Critical Thinking, by Stephen G. Barkley, published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, is required for this course.) Learn more…

Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom™ (Now offered in PA!)

Establish an inclusive classroom community that ensures meaningful learning for all students. Explore strategies, resources, and instructional practices designed to support success in an inclusive classroom. Learn more…

Student Engagement and Standards-Based Learning™

Optimize student engagement and achievement by developing high-yield learning activities aligned to standards and process skills. Experience a variety of standards-based activities (aligned with CCSS) for use in your classroom. Learn more…

Successful Teaching for Acceptance of Responsibility® (On-site, Online, and Accelerated)

Create a classroom environment in which responsible behavior is modeled, taught, and supported. Empower students to become self-directed and responsible learners positioned for success.
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Teaching the English Language Learner™ Online

Design academic content to guide English language learners toward linguistic proficiency. Learn more…

Teaching Through Learning Channels (On-site, Online, and Accelerated)

Explore the natural channels for learning and discover strategies that use the various learning modalities and styles. Investigate sensory, perceptual, organizational, and temperament style preferences and how they impact learning and motivation.
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Using Online Resources to Bring Primary Sources to the Classroom™ (Online and Accelerated)

Access and analyze primary sources, explore classroom applications, and develop authentic, engaging learning experiences for students.
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