Spring 2020 Online Courses will run January 6-May 6, 2020. Registration will close April 6.
All online courses are asynchronous and self-paced. They are completed and graded independently. Your transcript will be sent when all YOUR class(es) are done (you don’t need to wait on the entire class or end of the semester). All courses are K-12 except where noted with *.
Once you register AND pay for your course (s) expect to hear from your faculty within 24-48 business hours of registration in the new year. You must receive email from faculty to begin courses (except for those that run in LEO). If you don’t hear from your faculty check your Spam/Junk folder. Then contact the Director of PD at 440.375.7379 or email@example.com.
ED 5700 W Google Classroom
Faculty: Joelle Warsh, 1 Graduate Semester Hour, $230
Does your school use Google Apps for Education? Have you heard the term paperless classroom and are ready to try having your own? If you answered yes to both questions, Google Classroom is for you. Google Classroom Is a platform developed by Google for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments. Classroom allows teachers to give students instant feedback, easily track students’ progress, communicate with students and personalize learning. Hundreds of external applications work with Google Classroom and make it seamless to share information between Classroom and the apps, Come learn how Classroom can make your life easier and free up time so you can focus on what you do best: teaching.
ED 5705 W Be a Google Ninja
Are you ready for the next step in the Google world? Do you already understand the basics of Google Drive, Docs, and Forms? If the answer is yes then it is time to become a Google Ninja. In this course you will learn: advanced organization and sharing features of Google Drive, how to create branching and prefilled forms. Tired of grading quizzes? Learn how Flubaroo can do that for you in Google Sheets. Discover how Google Apps and Extensions can be accessed from a Google Doc. The free graphic organizer Lucid Chart and Easy Bib will be the example add-ons but you will be able to browse the hundreds of other add-ons as well. Come take this course to discover new ways to help you and your students become more productive.
ED 5706 W 21st Century Skills: From Your Classroom to the Workplace and College
Faculty: Mike DeMario, 3 Graduate Semester Hours, $515
The workplace and higher education settings we are preparing our students for is much different than what we as their teachers encountered coming out of high school 10. 20. or 30 years ago. The evolution of technology, collaboration and communication methods has rewritten what it means to be college and career ready in this century. Teachers in this class will look at methods and strategies for increasing the amount of 21st Century workplace and college skills in their classroom. Areas of exploration will include PBL, the flipped classroom, blended learning and blended learning and digital collaboration and sharing.
ED 5707 W Anti-Bullying Strategies for the Classroom
Faculty: Mike Demario, 3 Graduate Semester Hours, $515
We have all read the stories, seen the videos and experienced the impact of bullying. It is perhaps one of the longest lasting epidemics in the educational world. As a profession we have made great strides in preventing bullying in the school, yet there is so much more work to be done. This course will focus on establishing a safe learning environment where all students can learn. Strategies for preventing bullying and assisting the victims of bullying will be addressed.
ED 5708 W Auditory Processing Disorder
Faculty: Chris DeMario, 3 Graduate Semester Hours, $515
APD is a disorder in affecting a person's ability to understand speech and process auditory information. The impact that this disorder can have on a student is profound. How often do you have a student ask you to repeat something or have a delay in answering your questions? The effects go beyond this. Their classwork, homework, test grades, comprehension and retention all suffer. A student who has trouble processing incoming information or directions, will give answers that seem odd or not even related at all. Their output is affected and can lead to countless errors. This course will focus on what APD is, diagnosing APD, distinguishing differences between APD and other disorders, treatment of APD, classroom modification, teaching strategies, and compensatory strategies to make these students more successful in the classroom.
ED 5709 W Alternatives to Suspension
Suspending students has been a part of the school world we work in for decades. There are often very real and necessary reasons for suspending students. When we take a look at what a suspension is, and the impact it has on learning outcomes - we would be better served avoiding suspensions as much as possible. Teachers in this course will take a look at behavior and different approaches for avoiding suspensions that could be implemented both at the classroom and building levels. Teachers will develop strategies for making connections and addressing behaviors in a manner that prevents suspensions.
ED 5710 W Approaches for Changing Student Behavior using PBIS
The barriers that occur to learning cannot be single-handedly removed. Unfortunately, one such barrier occurs when behaviors are disrupting the learning community. The climate of each school community is different. Therefore, a “one size fits all” approach is not as effective as interventions based on the needs of each school. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. A system focused on creating school-wide, classroom and individual supports improves academic and behavioral results. This course will assist teachers in creating a support system for their classroom that will help to increase behavioral and academic results. This course is appropriate for all regular and special education teachers.
ED 5711 W Behavior Modification and Discipline Strategies
Think about how much time you spend addressing behaviors in your class. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to control behaviors without interrupting your instructional practices? Classroom management and student discipline have been issues in the classroom since the one room school house. The decisions we make when disciplining a student are imperative for creating a safe and productive learning environment. Participants in this class will create, implement and assess behavior modification systems for their classroom, as well as examine several models of student discipline while evaluating some of their own discipline policies.
ED 5712 W Data Driven Instruction
Data driven instruction is a precise and calculated approach to improve student comprehension throughout the school year. Implementing and utilizing data to drive instruction is perceived to be an overwhelming task. This course will help educator use data analysis to improve student learning. The use of data and student learning objectives (SLOs) are at the heart of data driven instruction. Participants will analyze data, focus on increasing rigor in the classroom, types of assessment, and the building blocks to successful data driven instruction implementation.
ED 5713 W Using Text Sets to Engage Student Readers
Faculty: Dr. Beth Walsh-Moorman, 3 Graduate Semester Hours, $515
We know that good readers rely on background knowledge and life experiences to better understand a text, but what do we do when students don’t bring that to their reading? We bring it to them. In this course, we will look at how to use a variety of text types and genres into conversation so that we leverage these connections and help students develop a greater sense of agency in the reading classroom. A variety of online tools will be introduced and explored to help you create the most effective text sets possible.
ED 5714 W Differentiated Instruction for EL’s
Faculty: Chris DeMario, 3 Graduate Semester Hours , $515
English Language Learners (ELs) need to have access to K-12 curriculum and be able to achieve the same level of success as their english speaking counterparts. This course prepares teachers to effectively understand ELs’ backgrounds and to differentiate their instructional approach. By providing the skills to differentiate their instruction through multiple modalities, this course gives a practical, classroom ready application of new learning to improve instructional practice. This course is appropriate for both regular and special education teachers.
ED 5715 W Unleash the Power of the Internet for Classroom Instruction
Faculty: Joelle Warsh, 3 Graduate Semester Hours, $ 515
Are you tired of spending hours on the web trying to find a great lesson plan, assessment, rubric or web based activity for your lesson planning? Want to find a place where you can access your favorites list from any computer in the world? Would like to discover websites that help you find lessons connected with the state and common core standards? How about places where you can find Internet scavenger hunts and images for different topics? This class is designed to introduce you to a plethora of useful websites that will help make your job easier and your curriculum more engaging. All assignments will be posted from the start of the class so you can work at your own pace. Come and explore the Internet.
ED 5716 W Digital Storytelling and Presentation Using Web 2.0 Tools
Faculty: Joelle Warsh, 3 Graduate Semester Hours, $515
Are you and your students tired of power point? Would you like to learn some web 2.0 tools that will improve the engagement of your students? Would like to discover great sites for cover digital storytelling, avatar creation, interactive posters, amazing presentation tools that can help make you more productive, come join the fun. This class is designed to expose you to a plethora of useful websites that will help make your job easier and your curriculum more fun for your kids. This as an asynchronous class meaning you work when you want and at your own pace. There is never a certain time you have to be online.
ED 5717 W Teaching Study Skills for the Special Education Student
Sometimes we take it for granted that students “know how” to study. Study skills are a skill set that many of our special education students need to improve. With more and more focus on national standards and testing, how can we assist these students to meet the more rigorous requirements? This course will allow educators to build skills and instructional strategies for improving students’ ability to listen, note-taking, textbook reading, test taking strategies, and paper/essay writing. This course will also introduce strategies for teaching students anxiety and stress reduction techniques.
ED 5718 W Advancing ELL Family-School Relationships
English Language Learners are the fastest growing group of students that today’s schools services. This course will assist teachers in developing strategies and skills to understand ELL students’ backgrounds and how to establish and grow strong family relationships. Teachers will develop classroom skills to use in their classrooms and improve instructional outcomes. Teachers will examine belief systems and research based practices for serving diverse cultures and languages in the classroom. Teachers taking this course will analyze and implement methods for ensuring a positive classroom culture and climate.
ED 5719 W Let’s Get Googling: Google Doc and Google Sites
Everyone is talking about Google Docs and you would like to use them but you’re not sure how or where to start. This class can solve that problem for you! Learn how to create edit and share, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and surveys in Google docs. You will also be directed to web sites with ideas for helping you use Google Docs to help you improve your own productivity and for integration into your curriculum. What about web sites! You want to have one but think it’s too hard to create and maintain. If you can word process you can create a Google site. Come learn how easy it is to create a Google site. This class will teach you how to create a site, insert pictures, and videos, upload documents to the site, embed a calendar and add useful and fun gadgets to make your site look cool.
ED 5720 W Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Does It Mean to be on the Spectrum?
We have all heard the expression, “on the spectrum,” but what does it mean? What implications would this have on your classroom? This course will review the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Participants will examine best instructional practices and methodologies.
ED 5721 W EL’s: Meeting the Needs of English Learners
English learners present special challenges for teachers in today’s classrooms. A successful EL teacher learns to balance the language learning needs of the students with the appropriate content. The knowledge and skills students gain in EL classes positively affect their lives at school and home. As the diversity of the United States increases, so too does the need for teachers of second language learners. Participants in this course will create lesson plans that incorporate strategies to reach EL students.
ED 5722 W Using Social Media in the Classroom
Is there any escaping social media in today’s society? Especially in education, we hear a great amount about the harm and dangers of social media for our students. This course will help teachers move past the negative aspects of social media and allow for a focus on using social media in the classroom to help motivate students to learn. Teachers will examine how they can utilize tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to modernize their lessons. Teachers will also research and implement methods for using social media as a motivator in the classroom to keep students engaged in the learning experience.
ED 5723 W Improving Teacher Questioning Techniques
The fastest way to get our students thinking at a higher level is to question them at higher level. With higher and more exhaustive standards being placed on our students, we must use our ability to question students in a manner that improves their ability to think critically and problem solve. This course will prepare teachers to meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards and improve student learning outcomes.
ED 5725 W Strategies for Working with Students with Emotional Disabilities
Students with emotional disabilities are being educated in the mainstream setting at an increasing rate. This course will provide strategies and techniques for meeting the needs of the emotionally disabled student in the mainstream classroom. Participants will research, analyze and develop strategies on building positive personal relationships with students and behavior modification. This course will offer recent research on behavior modification programs and their implementation in the classroom. Through Internet research, websites and case studies, participants will focus on how to provide the essential structure that students with E.D. require, even during “unstructured” activities and transitions. This course is beneficial for both regular and special education teachers.
ED 5726 W Advanced Google: Using Add-ons to Make the Most of Google Forms and Docs
Have you discovered how useful Google Forms and Docs can be for you and your students? Do you want to learn about add-ons that can make your Forms and Docs even more functional? Join this course and learn about add-ons like; form limiter which let you set how many responses you want take on a form, docappender allows you to choose questions from a form and send them to a separate google doc, great for student/teacher observations, Kazina Mini lets you provide audio and video feedback in a Google doc or Text Help that highlights text and even groups highlights for use later. These are just the start. This course is for people who already know how to create Google docs and forms.
ED 5728 W ADHD and Learning Disabilities: Instructional Interventions and Classroom Strategies
There isn’t a teacher who hasn’t come across a student in their class with ADHD or a Learning Disability. This course will allow teachers to examine current research geared at helping all teachers work effectively with students with ADHD and learning disabilities. Teachers will understand the impact of ADHD on a student’s performance, the difference between male and female students with ADHD and be made aware of basic instructional strategies to implement in their classrooms.
ED 5729 W Tools for Increasing Parent Teacher Communication
This course will address an ongoing question that many educators voice every year- How do I increase communication with my students' parents? Every teacher can relate to spending their prep periods, lunch periods and time after the school day trying to get in touch with a parent. The frustration that can build up can leave educators feeling helpless. This course will introduce participants to a couple of highly effective methods for increasing parent contact.
In today's world of APPR, parent teacher communication is a must. Many districts' plans are assessing educators on such factors as communication skills with parents. By learning a few techniques you can increase the levels of communication and save yourself valuable time as well! Participants will research the impact of communication on addressing poor behavior and performance, as well as reinforcing achievement, improvement and positive behavior. This course will address online communication tools including teacher blogs, Remind101 and email distribution lists. Participants will also analyze how increased reliance on technology and social media is playing a role in the current trend of the "flipped classroom."
ED 5750 W Using Project Based Learning to Meet Ohio’s Learning Standards
As we prepare the 21st Century Students for the 21st Century workforce, we need to arm them with the ability to problem solve and think critically. Project Based Learning is one method for improving critical thinking skills in our students. PBL prepares students for the problem solving activities the 21st Century workplace will demand. Teachers will focus on best practices related to PBL and how to increase critical thinking skills and performance.
ED 5754 W Conflict Resolution: How to Maintain the Peace in Your Classroom
From the first year teacher to a seasoned veteran, classroom management is often identified as an area teachers would like to improve. Teachers are looking to build upon their ability to relate to students and address conflicts as they arise. This class will look at some easy to implement strategies to assist teachers in reducing conflict and outbursts in the room. Teachers will also examine some basic negotiation and mediation skills that are easy to execute and can help "keep the peace.
ED 5755 W Empowering Today’s Teenager
The adolescent brain, like the rest of their body, is still growing and changing. Many teens deal with issues such as impulse control, erratic behavior, changing bodies, increased emotions and coping skills. Teachers need to be able to understand these issues and be equipped with strategies for assisting students through them. Teachers in this course will research the issues facing today’s teenager and how these issues impact the classroom. Teachers will develop lessons and instructional strategies for helping students learn to control their impulses, level out erratic behavior and deal with their changing bodies. This course is appropriate for grade 6-12 educators. Grade Level: 6-12.
ED 5757 W Conferring with Students to Meet Individual Needs
Faculty: Brittany Cribari, 1 Graduate Semester Hour, $230
Individual Student Conferences are a way to get to know your students' academic level and personal style. You can complete individual conferences in any academic area. Through this course, you will reflect and practice individual conferences through watching videos and looking at student work online. Leave this course ready to enter the new school year, prepared and ready to meet with students individually to help get to know their learning needs and personal interests. Grade Levels: Elementary.
ED 5758 W Creating and Managing PBL
PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn. It gives students a way to collaborate with classmates while learning the standards. Students will problem solve, connect to the real world, and learn in an engaging, interactive way. Through this course, you will learn more about PBL, create your own projects, and walk away with a deeper understanding of how to effectively maximize instruction to improve student learning. Grade Levels: Elementary.
ED 5759 W Growth Mindset: Student Led Conferences
Reflection is a major skill needed for the 21st-century learner. Students need this skill to help grow as learners and leaders. This course will take you through creating a data binder and the step by step process on how to complete student-led conferences. What better way to learn how a student feels they are doing than by asking them? Students will reflect on their learning and lead their parent-teacher conferences, while you act as the facilitator. This course takes you through the preparation and reflection process that takes place prior to the conferences to ensure students are prepared. Grade Levels: Elementary.
ED 5760 W Authentic Learning in Physical Education
Faculty: Andrew Unterweiser 3 Graduate Semester Hours, $515
Physical education teachers play an essential role in providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to engage in a lifetime of health and fitness. A physical educator is not only responsible for skill develop, but cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning as well. This course will help you develop stratieges you will need to design, modify, implement, and provide authentic assessment in physical education.
ED 5761 W Bringing PBL to Physical Education
Personalized learning is taking education by storm and we need to determine what it looks like in physical education. This course will help physical education teachers learn how to design and implement project based learning with voice and choice so they can offer more innovative lessons for their students.
ED 5762 W Combating Childhood Obesity
How can we as educators help prevent childhood obesity? It is not classified information that we have an obesity crisis in America. Children with obesity can suffer from physical, mental emotional, and social problems. As an educator it can be frustrating figuring out how to address these issues in physical education class. This course, will introduce you to the causes of childhood obesity. Knowledge of these factors and theirnegative consequences will help you as an educator combat the causes of a childhood obesity. Using the techniques from this course, you will be able to promote healthy choices that can positively impact students for the rest of their lives.
ED 5763 W Health Sciences Related to Coaching
The course is a series of interactive exercises and activities designed to study Health Sciences as they apply to coaching sports. Through these activities, exercises and health application to coaching topics, participants will gain information, organize it for professional and personal use, and apply it to their programs. Health Sciences as applied to coaching will also help define: selected principles of biology, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology related to coaching; risk minimization; mixed competition; selection and classification of athletes; age and maturity of athletes.
ED 5764 W Principles, Philosophy and Organization of Athletics
The course covers basic philosophy and principles as integral parts of physical education and general education; State, local and national regulations and policies related to athletics; legal considerations; function and organization of leagues and athletic associations; personal standards for the responsibilities of the coach as an educational leader; public relations; general safety procedures; general principles of school budgets, records, purchasing and use of facilities.
ED 5765 W Theories and Techniques of Coaching
The course will begin with an introductory phase in which the basic concepts common to all sports will be discussed. Topics will include a history of interscholastic athletics. The objectives, rules, regulations and policies of athletics, as well as performance skills, technical information, and organization and management practices will also be among the topics covered. The special training and conditioning of the athletes in specific sports, the fitting of equipment, specific safety precautions and officiating methods will also be examined. An internship that will include practical experience as a coach in the specific sport and/or periods of observing other approved coaches will also be required.
ED 5766 W Cyberbullying:The New Bully NEW
Faculty: Chris DeMario 3 Graduate Semester Hours, $515
Bullies have always existed, so why is it important to address cyberbullying? In a nutshell, it can be extremely detrimental to the victim’s physical and mental health and, in some cases, possibly deadly. Since cyberbullying allows the anonymity of bullying from a distance, it can also be easily hidden from parents, friends and school administrators and adds an almost invisible dimension to the traditional face-to-face bullying that can be hard to detect and address. A primary goal of this course requires that teachers will learn various techniques that they can implement upon return to their classrooms. Additionally, teachers will reflect on what they are learning and propose a way to integrate cyberbullying content into the classroom curriculums. This course is appropriate for all K-12 school professionals.
ED 5767 W Character Education NEW
Character education provides guidance for youth to understand their abilities, to strive to reach their fullest potential, to care for others and enables all youth positive self-development. Schools can foster this development in and out of the classroom by focusing on intellectual, social, emotional, and ethical character in students. Implementing character development programs that focus on these needs give students the optimal chance at success. Character education is a primary prevention tool used to promote positive youth development, academic achievement, and character development.ED 5768 W Emotional Security and Safe Schools NEW
Building a secure, supportive school environment is essential for young brains to learn. When it comes to the emotional security and safety of staff and students in schools, it starts with educating our staff on what this entails. When it comes to safety in schools, most people respond with answers related to security systems or police presence in schools. These physical precautions to safety are often the focus of schools when trying to keep staff and students secure. We must not ignore though, a key component in keeping our schools safe: emotional security. How students feel when they are in school shapes learning and student development. The emotional security component is often overlooked for physically safer schools. The reality is emotional security needs to be just as important. It needs to be deeply rooted into the culture of a school, both for staff and students. By addressing emotional security in schools, students will be more engaged in learning, staff will be more aware of the individual needs of students and risk prevention strategies will fall into place. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers and school professionals.
ED 5769 W Adapting Instruction to Reduce Unwanted Behaviors NEW
Faculty: Mike DeMario 3 Graduate Semester Hours, $515
We often look at behavior as something that needs to be addressed before instruction can occur. Research shows that with the right instructional tools, we can limit those unwanted behaviors that interrupt the learning process. Educators in this course will examine dozens of research based strategies to address behavior through instruction. Each educator in this course will focus on specific behaviors from their classes and will utilize research based strategies for overcoming these barriers to learning.
ED 5770 W Applying Evidence Based Practices to Improve Classroom Management NEW
This course will deeply analyze and develop strategies for improving classroom management. All strategies are evidence based and will help teachers improve their management of physical space, instruction, routine development, correcting behavior and issuing consequences. Teachers will develop proactive strategies that will improve student learning outcomes and behavioral outcomes. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers and assistants.
ED 5771 W Bringing More Formative Assessment into Your Classroom NEW
A teacher’s use of formative assessment techniques is essential in ensuring he or she is meeting the learning targets for a unit. Teachers need to know “who knows what” before moving on. Formative assessment is nothing new - our teachers were administering formative assessments to us when we were in school many years ago. In today’s digital world, we are lucky to have so many more tools to assist us in our formative assessments. Teachers in the class will review the research on formative assessment as well as explore dozens of instructional tools that can be used for formative assessments. Teachers will leave this course with concrete and easy to use examples for embedding more formative assessments into their lessons.ED 5772 W Growth Mindset in Your Classroom NEW
The focus on building our students’ growth mindset capacity continues to prove to be an important role for educators. Teachers are often aware of the concepts behind mindsets but have not looked at their lessons and teaching techniques in relation to the concept. Teachers in this course will develop methods for reflecting on their current practices and materials in a manner that will assist their students in growing this essential capacity. Present research and best practices will be evaluated and utilized to improve student learning outcomes in the classroom.
ED 5773 W Tackling Trauma NEW
Research shows that up to 25 percent of all students in a school have experienced some form of trauma. This percentage rises to 80 percent when we talk about special education students. This trauma results in difficulties regulating behaviors and likely leads to cognitive and executive function difficulties. Many students are unable to regulate internal behaviors and as a result display withdrawal, shutting down and zoning out. Educators will examine the impact of trauma on cognitive and emotional growth, the learning challenges that result from trauma, and trauma-informed classroom strategies.
ED 5774 W Incorporating Social Emotional Skills into Your Classroom NEW
In order to teach the whole child, we as educators must understand that learning is also a social and emotional experiences. Knowing one’s emotions, how to manage them, and ways to express them constructively are essential life skills. These skills enable one to handle stress, control impulses, and motivate oneself to persevere when faced with personal, academic, or work-related obstacles. A related set of skills involves accurately assessing one’s abilities and interests, building upon strengths, making effective use of family, school, and community supports and resources. These social emotional skills, thought processes and behavioral strategies can be contributing factors to one’s success beyond the academic assessments.
ED 5775 W Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness NEW
Mental health and illness is a component of teaching that has evolved and increased in importance in recent years. The role of the teacher does not include diagnosis or treatment recommendations for students with mental health diagnosis. It does include: teaching of mental health literacy; responding to student’s/parent’s concerns by supportive listening and referral to the most appropriate person within the school to help address those concerns (such as a counselor, social worker, psychologist) and providing ongoing academically appropriate support to the student as part of the school’s integrated response to the student’s needs. Educators in this course will examine methods for addressing the mental health of their students through academic supports, interventions and relationship building.
ED 5776 W What You Need to Know About Vaping NEW
The Vaping Epidemic has created an immediate resource crisis for parents, schools, agency workers, administrators, counselors and support staff. This course will cover all pertinent facts and fiction related to electronic nicotine delivery devices including up-to-date information on the changes in vaping regulations, and the what-we-know-to-date on the pulmonary cases outbreak across 38 states will be addressed.