PLS Classes

Graduate Course Listings & Descriptions

Achieving Student Outcomes Through Cooperative Learning™

Design cooperative learning experiences using the 3-D Model: Direct, Do, Debrief. Maximize the effectiveness of cooperative groups by utilizing cooperative starters and positive interdependence, teaching interpersonal skills, and acting as an interactionist.  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 universal and targeted interventions using the Solution Seeking Cycle. Explore strengths-based learning, the iGeneration, learning alliances, defense mechanisms, effective lesson design, communication and social skills, and specific interventions for various types of learners. Learn more…

Blended and Synchronous Learning Design™ (Online and Accelerated)

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

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Brain-Based Ways We Think and Learn™

Explore the latest in brain-based learning and brain-compatible instructional techniques as you experience activities that foster inductive, deductive, analysis, and synthesis thinking in an enriched environment that enhances and maximizes learning. Learn more…

Building a Professional Network™ (Self-Paced)

Equip students with knowledge and skills to build a professional network. Topics will include pedagogy resources, professional responsibilities, 21st century networking tools, and ongoing professional growth to support classroom learning and achievement.

Building Communication and Teamwork in the Classroom™

Build a community of learners by teaching and modeling appropriate communication and leadership skills. Explore a variety of verbal skills that set clear expectations, foster accountability, maximize interconnectedness, and create an emotionally safe learning environment. 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 Communication™ (Self-Paced)

Develop and improve skills and abilities related to effective classroom communication.
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Classroom Management: Orchestrating a Community of Learners® (On-site, Online, and Accelerated)

Explore the basics of classroom management as you learn techniques for creating an inviting classroom climate, optimizing the physical environment, establishing rules and procedures, designing flow lessons, encouraging parental involvement, and managing student behavior.
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Collaborative Inquiry for Students: Preparing Minds for the Future™

Experience a wide spectrum of collaborative inquiry lessons as you learn to design Individual and Appreciative Inquiry as well as Problem-Based, Hypothesis-Based, Project-Based, Performance-Based and Live-Event Learning, all supported by collaboration skills, facilitative leadership, and assessment of learning. Learn more…

Content and Assessment™ (Self-Paced)

Explore ways to engage students in collaborative learning, how to monitor student learning, the role of self-assessment and progress monitoring, and how authentic and performance assessment can improve content knowledge, learning, retention, and application. Learn more…

Creating an Effective Classroom Culture™ (Self-Paced)

Develop strategies to ensure that student choice, roles, expectations, reflection, resources, technology, and differentiation are each considered in student grouping within an environment founded upon respect and rapport for each individual learner. Learn more…

Cultural Competence: A Transformative Journey™ (Online and Accelerated)

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.
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Designing Motivation for All Learners®

Motivate students to learn by exploring a multitude of engaging strategies relating to beliefs in ability, learner orientation, appropriately challenging work, learner preferences, classroom climate, motivational leadership, and student support structures. Learn more…

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

Delve into the principles and essentials of a DI learning environment and learn strategies for organizing the classroom and groups, designing appropriately challenging work, modifying instruction, utilizing formative assessment, reinforcing self-directedness, differentiating content, process, and product, and individualizing instruction.
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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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Effective and Responsive Teaching and Assessment™ (Self-Paced)

This course will examine interactive strategies designed to engage 21st century learners through effective and responsive teaching with assessments. Through the use of explaining, instructing, and assessing, students will be provided with techniques to build a responsive collaborative classroom.Course information…

Engaging 21st Century Learners to Promote Student Interaction™ (Self-Paced)

This course will examine interactive strategies designed to engage 21st century learners through research-based practices. Through the use of questioning, grouping, and technology, students will learn techniques to build a student-centered classroom. Course information…

Essential Classroom Strategies™ (Self-Paced)

This course will develop skills in core classroom teacher competencies including: planning, communicating, managing, and assessing student learning. The key role of critical reflection as it relates to practice and the importance of developing a learning community will also be addressed.

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Facilitating Online Learning Communities™ (Online and Accelerated)

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.

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Foundations of Literacy: Beginning Reading™ (Online and Accelerated)

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.
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Instructional Coaching (Online and Accelerated)

An instructional coach is chiefly responsible for bringing evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and other school leaders. This course focuses on the coach’s role in classroom management, content enhancement, instruction, asking effective questions, and assessment for learning.
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Instructional Design for Online Educators™ (Online and Accelerated)

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.
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Instructional Strategies to Increase Student Achievement™ (Self-Paced)

Effective teaching involves the thoughtful selection of instructional strategies based on student needs, subject matter, and the context of the lesson. Learn more…

Meaningful Activities to Generate Interesting Classrooms

Experience a variety of content-oriented activities that foster higher-level thinking through interactive introductory, informational, practice, review, culminating, hands-on, movement, and game-based learning activities. Evaluate and plan meaningful activities that enhance student engagement and learning. Learn more…

Professional Learning for Teacher Effectiveness

Navigate the Danielson Framework for Teaching as you explore methods and strategies for maximizing the effectiveness of your lesson design and instruction, the classroom environment, and your professional responsibilities.
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Purposeful and Engaging Classroom Discussions™ (Self-Paced)

Explore how to promote a safe learning environment where reflection, encouragement, peer review, and goal setting each has a role. Learn more…

Purposeful Learning Through Multiple Intelligences (On-site, Online, and Accelerated)

Enhance student engagement and meet the needs of diverse learners by utilizing Howard Gardner’s eight intelligences, as well as the new Existential intelligence. Delve into the subcapacities, activities, preferences, and entry points for each intelligence.
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Reading Across the Curriculum™ (On-site, Online, and Accelerated)

Explore the essentials of reading comprehension as you experience specific strategies for developing schema, vocabulary, fluency, speed reading, text marking, and note-taking. Enhance comprehension through questioning and by understanding the patterns of expository text and narrative test.
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Responsive Teaching and Equitable Practices™ (Self-Paced)

Explore strategies for creating a classroom environment designed to support self-directed student learning and teacher-student collaboration with maximum instructional flexibility. Learn more…

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…

Social-Emotional Learning: Essential to Student Success™ (NEW Summer 2020!)

Explore the five areas of social-emotional learning and learn ways to develop character strengths in students of empathy and compassion, integrity and self-control, courage and perseverance, humility and gratitude, teamwork and communication, and curiosity and inquisitiveness. Learn more…

Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom™

Learn the components of facilitating and co-teaching an inclusive classroom by building a community of diverse learners, designing lessons at various levels of thinking, optimizing memory and learning, and reaching learners with special needs (literacy, numeracy, ASD, ADD/ADHD, gifted, and underachievers). Learn more…

Student Engagement and Standards-Based Learning™

Experience a variety of standards-based activities that focus on each of the thinking processes: Perception, Induction, Analysis, Comparison, Insight, Appraisal, Summary, Evaluation, Idea, Prediction, and Action. Learn how to plan, evaluate, modify, and differentiate effective activities. Learn more…

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

Investigate the foundations of developing self-responsibility in students. Explore specific strategies for anchoring personal power and mental model—the essentials of student self-responsibility. Teach appropriate behaviors using the 3E Model: Educate, Experience, Evaluate, and Enforce.
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Teaching the English Language Learner™ (Online and Accelerated)

Design academic content to guide English language learners toward linguistic proficiency.
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Teaching Through Learning Channels (On-site, Online, and Accelerated)

Investigate the brain’s natural pattern for learning and design lessons that incorporate the various sensory styles, perceptual and organizational styles, and temperament styles of learners. Explore how accessing multiple pathways for learning enhances memory and student engagement.
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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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