PLS Classes

Graduate Course Listings & Descriptions

 

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. This course is available in both on-site and remote learning formats. Learn more…

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. This course is available online. Learn more…

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. This course is available online.Learn more…

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. This course is available on-site. Learn more…

Explore online blended and synchronous e-learning environments, the development process, and considerations for implementation of each. This course is available online in both 7-week and 4-week formats. Learn more…

Explore the thinking skills of induction, deduction, analysis, and synthesis. Discover how an enriched and brain-compatible environment enhances learning. Experience, model, and internalize specific techniques of brain-based teaching and learning. Integrate cognitive skills in lesson plans and instructional practices to enhance brain-compatible learning and increase student achievement. Learn more…

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. This course is available in our self-paced format. Learn more…

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. This course is available on-site. Learn more…

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. This course is available online in both 7-week and 4-week formats. Learn more…

Develop and improve skills and abilities related to effective classroom communication. This course is available in our self-paced format. Learn more…

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. This course is available online in both 7-week and 4-week formats as well as on-site.
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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. This course is available on-site. Learn more…

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. This course is available in our self-paced format. Learn more…

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. This course is available in our self-paced format. Learn more…

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. This course is available online in both 7-week and 4-week formats.
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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. This course is available on-site and in our remote learning format. Learn more…

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. This course is available on-site and online in our 7-week, 4-week, and remote learning formats.
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Explore and apply innovative techniques that align with the values of the Net-Generation, including advances in technology, a team approach, and social networking. This course is available online in both 7-week and 4-week formats.
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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. This course is available in our self-paced format. Learn more…

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. This course is available in our self-paced format. Learn more…

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. This course is available in our self-paced format. Learn more…

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. This course is available online in both 7-week and 4-week formats. Learn more…

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. This course is available online in both 7-week and 4-week formats. Learn more…

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. This course is available online in both 7-week and 4-week formats. Learn more…

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. This course is available online in both 7-week and 4-week formats. Learn more…

Effective teaching involves the thoughtful selection of instructional strategies based on student needs, subject matter, and the context of the lesson. This course is available in our self-paced format. Learn more…

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. This course is available on-site and in our remote learning format. Learn more…

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. This course is available on-site and in our remote learning format. Learn more…

Explore how to promote a safe learning environment where reflection, encouragement, peer review, and goal setting each has a role. This course is available in our self-paced format. Learn more…

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 sub-capacities, activities, preferences, and entry points for each intelligence. This course is available on-site and online in both 7-week and 4-week formats.
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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. This course is available on-site and online in both 7-week and 4-week formats.
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Explore strategies for creating a classroom environment designed to support self-directed student learning and teacher-student collaboration with maximum instructional flexibility. This course is available in our self-paced format. Learn more…

Study the content and pedagogy appropriate for teaching high school content curriculum standards. This course is available online. Learn more…

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. This course is available on-site and in our remote learning format. Learn more…

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). This course is available on-site and in our remote learning format. Learn more…

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. This course is available on-site and in our remote learning format. Learn more…

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. This course is available on-site and online in both 7-week and 4-week formats.
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Design academic content to guide English language learners toward linguistic proficiency. This course is available online in both 7-week and 4-week formats. Learn more…

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. This course is available on-site and online in both 7-week and 4-week formats.
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Access and analyze primary sources, explore classroom applications, and develop authentic, engaging learning experiences for students. This course is available online in both 7-week and 4-week formats. Learn more…