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Certifications

Teachers Aide
The Instructional Paraprofessional Certification Program will prepare you to assist classroom teachers in instruction of mathematics, reading and writing. The required courses include topics in teaching mathematic, reading and writing, an overview of the job of Instructional Paraprofessional and an introduction to child development. The elective courses allow students to explore areas related to instruction including classroom management skills, teaching and learning theories and instructional methods. The Instructional Paraprofessional Certification Program will help prepare you to pass the Educational Testing Services ParaPro Exam or other skills assessment exams and to pass any observation-based certification programs required by your state.. Full description of Teachers Aide

TOEFL Exam Prep
Undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs around the world require students to demonstrate their ability to communicate in English as an entrance requirement. The TOEFL test gives test takers the opportunity to prove they can communicate ideas effectively by simulating university classroom and student life communication. The test measures how well test takers use English, not just their knowledge of the language. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the TOEFL, including information about the test, an explanation of test scores, and thorough coverage of each area of the test itself. In addition, students will have the opportunity to take practice TOEFL tests that will help estimate how the student might perform on the actual test. Upon completion of this course, students will be fully prepared to take the TOEFL examination.. Full description of TOEFL Exam Prep


Certificates

Ultimate Resume Building
This course is designed to prepare students how to prepare a professional resume. The course outlines important information regarding the importance of resumes, structure, and tips and tricks of word processor when developing resumes. This course will teach students how to build a strong resume, which is imperative in today's competitive job market.. Full description of Ultimate Resume Building


Courses

Advanced Writing
Welcome to Advanced Writing! Whether you successfully completed our Beginner's Writing Workshop course, or you've been busy writing fiction on your own, there is something to be gained by moving to our next level of writing. If you are comfortable with the basics of writing such as plot, story, building characters and editing, it's time to build on your talents and delve into topics such as narratives, viewpoints, scene building and writing beginnings and endings. Join us as we explore these and other topics!. Full description of Advanced Writing

Creating a Global Classroom
This course will help you understand the need for and the value of a global classroom. You will learn about innovative ways to collaborate and the concrete steps you can take to bring a global perspective to your own classroom. You will leave this course with a better understanding of what globalization really means. You will also be provided with a solid, seven-step plan to create the global classroom you want for yourself and your students. Lastly, you will look at how those seven steps can lead to standards-based projects that will excite and engage.. Full description of Creating a Global Classroom

Effective and Engaging Use of Interactive Whiteboards in the Classroom
In this course, you will learn how to incorporate interactive whiteboard activities into a variety of subject specific lesson plans. Explore how teachers have been using this technology to enhance their classrooms to engage their students. Throughout this course, you will have the opportunity to hear what current teachers have to say about interactive whiteboards; review educational theory that supports using a variety of technology in the classroom; create individual activities that can be incorporated into your existing lesson plans; and finally learn about the features that proprietary interactive whiteboards, such as SMART board, offer.. Full description of Effective and Engaging Use of Interactive Whiteboards in the Classroom

Effective Parent-Teacher Meetings
In this course, teachers will learn and review constructive communication skills that will enhance the parent/teacher meeting and assist in building positive relationships. Effective communication skills will be included both verbal and nonverbal communication along with proper preparation. In addition, participants will also learn techniques to handle difficult conversations, learn methods for defusing a escalated conversation and redirecting the tone of the meeting. Learners will have the opportunity to watch videos of both productive and non-productive teacher/parent meetings and reflect on the how the skills previously learned. Additional, participants may identify additional tips and tricks that may be useful in their own classroom, such as setting an action plan for the teacher, student and parent to work on together. Lastly, participants will review follow-up activities that can be used after the parent/teacher meeting.. Full description of Effective Parent-Teacher Meetings

Emerging Technology for Teachers
As more and more technology becomes available in our modern classrooms, educators need to be prepared to make the best use of emerging technology-based teaching and learning components. Today’s students depend on developing their creativity skills, their ability to generate innovative ideas and design solutions for tomorrow’s problems. This course will help teachers learn how to better integrate technology into the classroom. The modern classroom requires a variety of strategies and tools to enhance traditional methods with today’s technology tools across all content areas of concern. The teachers roles in the modern classroom are constantly changing, thus modern teaching and learning even happens beyond the school walls and outside the school day. Understanding the impact of technology on education will advance that learning process.. Full description of Emerging Technology for Teachers

Essentials for Magazine Writing
Do you enjoy writing and learning about new things? Have you ever wondered if you could actually make money writing magazine articles? The magazine business is thriving and growing even in the digital age, and the demand for well-written articles remains high. This course will prepare you to enter the world of nonfiction magazine writing by walking you through the process, step-by-step. By the end of the course, you will be ready to submit your first article for publication.. Full description of Essentials for Magazine Writing

Fundamentals of Instructional Design
Students will explore ways in which courses can be designed. Students will be introduced to the ADDIE design model and other design models that may work in other environments. Students will write instructional objectives and design a unit of instruction and assessments that support the instructional objects. Students will plan an evaluation of their instructional materials.. Full description of Fundamentals of Instructional Design

GMAT Exam Prep
This course will provide you with test-taking techniques and methods for improving your score and saving time on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). You will review the types of questions you will see on the test and learn how you can tackle concepts that may be new to you. You will review verbal lessons as well as quantitative lessons. You will review actual GMAT questions from previous years which are an excellent way to prepare for your own test.. Full description of GMAT Exam Prep

Grammar Essentials
We use grammar everyday, so why is it that we don’t regularly review our knowledge? This course is designed to help you improve your writing and review the rules of grammar. You will have the opportunity to brush up on your skills and review some common rules of grammar that may have been forgotten. This course will improve your written expression by providing grammatical lessons and reference materials.. Full description of Grammar Essentials

Grant Writing for Teachers and Educational Support Personnel
Grants are a great way to fund school projects. The process of obtaining a grant may seem daunting at first, but many educators have successfully obtained money for their school by writing grant proposals. This course will walk you through the process of developing a plan and writing a grant proposal step-by-step. You will learn tips and techniques from successful grant writers to improve your chances of receiving the funds you need for your school.. Full description of Grant Writing for Teachers and Educational Support Personnel

GRE Exam Prep Part I
This course will provide you with test-taking techniques and methods for improving your score and saving time on the GRE (Graduate Records Examinations). You will review the types of questions you will see on the test and learn how you can tackle concepts that may be new to you. You will review verbal lessons as well as quantitative lessons. You will review actual GRE questions from previous years which are an excellent way to prepare for your own test.. Full description of GRE Exam Prep Part I

GRE Exam Prep Part II
This course will provide you with test-taking techniques and methods for improving your score and saving time on the GRE (Graduate Records Examinations). You will review the types of questions you will see on the test and learn how you can tackle concepts that may be new to you. You will review verbal lessons as well as quantitative lessons. You will review actual GRE questions from previous years which are an excellent way to prepare for your own test.. Full description of GRE Exam Prep Part II

Introduction to Writing
Do you have exciting stories, plots or characters dancing around in your head? Do you have a life experience or lesson to share, but don't know where to begin? This workshop is designed for those of you interested in entering the realm of creative writing for the first time. Our emphasis is on introducing you to the creative writing process. We'll explore topics such as setting up your writing environment, creating plots, building characters, writing dialog and editing.. Full description of Introduction to Writing

Learning Styles in the Classroom
Does it seem like some of your students get it with very little help from you while others never seem to even after a lot of one-on-one coaching? If so, it could that you are not speaking their learning language. Every person brings their own learning style to the classroom, even young children. By learning about your own learning style and the learning styles of others you will learn ways to reach all of your students and to help them to learn better.. Full description of Learning Styles in the Classroom

Managing Conflict for Teachers and Educational Support Personnel
This course will prepare teachers and educational support personnel to better manage conflicts in the school environment, with a focus on student interactions. You will learn what causes conflict, effective ways to respond to conflict, how to manage conflicts with your coworkers, and how to de-escalate angry parents and students. Finally, you will learn about restorative practices and how they improve relationships in the educational setting. The purpose of the course is to improve relationships, increase job satisfaction, reduce negative interactions, and equip school personnel with skills to resolve conflicts in ways that are mutually beneficial.. Full description of Managing Conflict for Teachers and Educational Support Personnel

Moving a course from the classroom to cyberspace
Building an online course is not the same as preparing to teach in the classroom. A well-designed online course requires more preparation. Since learning online is different than learning in the classroom, you will need to be aware of what works and what doesn't. This course will introduce you to the process of instructional design for online learning and will walk you through the process of building one unit of study for your course. You will learn how to build online interactions and to make your courses more student-centered.. Full description of Moving a course from the classroom to cyberspace

Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom
Every student in your class is intelligent. The trick is to finding out just how he or she is intelligent and tapping that to help your student to learn more easily and to allow him or her to add a new a dimension to your course. Howard Gardners's Multiple Intelligence Theory defines students as intelligent in one of eight areas. By teaching to a student's intelligences and by allowing them to express themselves using their preferred intelligences the entire classroom can be enriched. Students will explore the Multiple Intelligences theories and learn to design lesson plans that appeal to various intelligences.. Full description of Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom

Online Safety for Teachers and Students
In today’s world, use of the Internet and online resources is inevitable. From phones to tablets to laptops and beyond, students can access information from anywhere. Knowing how to use these resources safely and effectively is important for both teachers and their students, especially within the classroom setting. The teacher’s role is to provide their students with the information needed to protect themselves against online threats; threats from other students or threats regarding their personal information. This course will provide the background information and additional resources teachers can use to begin this conversation with their students.. Full description of Online Safety for Teachers and Students

Project Based Learning Strategies and Tools
This course will help you understand what project-based learning is (and what it is not). You will explore examples of PBL and review what the research has to say on the effectiveness of this approach. You will move to on explore how to plan your own project based learning experiences for your classroom. As the course progresses, you will review key elements to managing PBL with your students. As more and more schools today work to implement more project-based learning, you will also find out how you can not only be ahead of the curve but also take on a leadership role.. Full description of Project Based Learning Strategies and Tools

SAT and ACT Exam Prep Part I
College entrance exams play a key role in determining your college choice. Standardized tests are designed to test your knowledge in a very specific way. Understanding the ins and outs of the tests will allow you to achieve your best possible score. This course is designed to provide you with test taking strategies, an understanding of what kind of test taker you are and practice for improving your scores on both the ACT and SAT tests. You will focus on grammar, reading comprehension, writing skills. Science and vocabulary all designed to improve your score. This is part 1 of a two part series of courses.. Full description of SAT and ACT Exam Prep Part I

SAT and ACT Exam Prep Part II
College entrance exams play a key role in determining your college choice. Standardized tests are designed to test your knowledge in a very specific way. Understanding the ins and outs of the tests will allow you to achieve your best possible score. This course is designed to provide you with test taking strategies, an understanding of what kind of test taker you are, and practice for improving your Math scores on both the ACT and SAT tests. You will focus on basic Math, Algebra, Geometry, Trig, Statistics, and the SAT SPR questions. Our goal is to prepare you for specific question types on both exams. Additionally, this course will help you with your time management skills, focus on relieving any anxiety you may experience with test taking, teach you how the standardized tests are scored, and help you feel comfortable on test day. Working through this course will maximize your performance on all aspects of the Math questions on the ACT and SAT. Taken with Part 1, this course will prepare you to excel in all sections of the undergraduate college entrance exams and provide you with the means to achieve your best score!. Full description of SAT and ACT Exam Prep Part II

Students as Content Creators
This course is designed to introduce the concept of students as content creators and provide a rationale for using content creation with your students, including how it aligns with state or common core standards. Beyond concepts, the course includes examples of student created content, an exploration of available digital tools, and how to incorporate the process of student created content into lesson plans and assessments. This course is intended for teachers at all grade levels in all subject areas.. Full description of Students as Content Creators

Teaching Math
Review the skills you will need to pass the Instructional Paraprofessional's exam as you explore ways creative ways to present math skills to students. We will learn ways to help students become excited about math. We will explore ways to present math skills to student at all grade levels. This course is applicable to teachers as well as instructional paraprofessionals.. Full description of Teaching Math

Teaching Reading
Review the skills you will need to pass the Instructional Paraprofessional's exam as you explore ways creative ways to present reading skills to students. We will learn ways to help students become excited about reading. We will explore ways to present reading skills to student at all grade levels and ways to improve the assessment of reading skills. This course is applicable to teachers as well as instructional paraprofessionals.. Full description of Teaching Reading

Teaching Science to Children in Grades 4 - 6
This course will provide you with techniques, strategies and ideas to work with students grades 4-6 in the science classroom. You will review the skills needed to learn science and learn how you can foster those skills. You will look at types of lessons as well as types of assessments. After this course, you will have new, fresh approaches to help teach your science students in ways that engage and motivate them.. Full description of Teaching Science to Children in Grades 4 - 6

Teaching Strategies for Students with ADHD
This course will provide you with techniques, strategies and interventions to help students with ADHD succeed in the classroom. You will review the characteristics of students with ADHD and how a diagnosis is made. You will look at medications and treatments for students who are diagnosed. Lastly, you will review concrete steps you can take, as an educator, to support these students in your classroom. . Full description of Teaching Strategies for Students with ADHD

Teaching Students in High School
This course will provide you with techniques, strategies and ideas to work with students at the high school level. You will review the challenges of teaching high school students today and how you can overcome those barriers. You will examine what rigor looks like and innovative programs that work. Lastly, you will see how you can develop a framework for success with an evidence-based and transparent process.. Full description of Teaching Students in High School

Teaching Writing
Review the skills you will need to pass the Instructional Paraprofessional's exam as you explore ways creative ways to present writing skills to students. We will learn ways to help students become excited about writing. We will explore ways to present writing skills to student at all grade levels and ways to improve the assessment of writing skills. This course is applicable to teachers as well as instructional paraprofessionals.. Full description of Teaching Writing

Typing Essentials
In this Typing Essentials course, we introduce you to the fundamentals of learning to type or keyboard. We'll cover the layout of the keyboard, proper posture, finger and hand position, as well as learning how to use the proper finger for striking the different keys on the keyboard. The course utilizes a typing software tool that provides instruction, practice activities, and skill checks. Whether you are new to keyboarding or looking to enhance your current capabilities, this is for you! Learn to build confidence, enhance accuracy and speed in your typing skills!. Full description of Typing Essentials

Understanding and Preventing Cyber Bullying
Cyberbullying or online bullying has quickly become a 21st century epidemic and a growing concern for students, parents, and educators. Cyberbullying is willful and involves recurring or repeated harm inflicted through electronic text. Cyberbullying can be as simple as continuing to send e-mail to someone who does not want further contact with the sender. This course will examine the harmful effects of online harassment and give educators at all levels an overview of research on cyberbullying and how they can be the driving force to prevent it in their schools. We will then explore preventative strategies as well as how school staff can address these issues when they occur. A clear understanding of what constitutes harassment and the harmful effects of harassment on people and institutions is essential to providing a safe and inclusive school environment for all. Additionally, teachers will learn various techniques to prevent and stop cyberbullying that they can implement upon returning to their classrooms. . Full description of Understanding and Preventing Cyber Bullying

Using Universal Design in Rapid Prototyping Instructional Design
Using universal design in rapid prototyping instructional design involves considering the potential needs of all learners when designing and delivering instruction by identifying and eliminating unnecessary barriers to teaching and learning while maintaining academic rigor. The design is a systematic process that is employed to develop education and training programs in a consistent and reliable fashion. Instructional design is a core component of the field and a foundational skill that all educational technology experts should have in their repertoire. Being informed with models and theories, instructional designers apply their skills and knowledge to bring about predictable results. Using universal design in rapid prototyping is intended to reduce the time and cost of a traditional ISD approach, while increasing its flexibility for all users. Using rapid prototyping, as an instructional design process, strives to realize the structure of the design with a prototype, as early in the process as possible to reduce the time and expense of a full development cycle. This course will help students to analyze, apply, and evaluate principles of using universal design in instructional design to develop education and training materials spanning a wide range of knowledge domains and instructional technologies.. Full description of Using Universal Design in Rapid Prototyping Instructional Design

Using Web Resources in the Classroom
K-12 education has entered a new technological era. In increasingly dynamic educational settings, web resources can be integrated into the curriculum to promote student engagement and achievement. In order to take advantage of these settings, teachers need to have the appropriate knowledge and experience. In this course, teachers will learn to integrate web resource tools to create engaging learning experiences for their students. This course is designed for K-12 educators and focuses on the appropriate use of technology to facilitate the teaching and learning process. Throughout this course, students will gain experience in working through the skill component of using web resources effectively in the K-12 classroom. Instructional methods will be explored utilizing a variety of technology for collaboration, and student assessment. In addition, the utilization and evaluation of various web resources and their appropriateness will be emphasized.. Full description of Using Web Resources in the Classroom


 

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