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It is critical for all ED 560x W courses that you use a personal gmail account NOT your school email to join the class Zoom/Google Meet session.

Each course has a specific hours you must be online with your faculty live   (6 total). The rest of the course is student led, with faculty support, completed at your own pace and completed in 2 weeks*(except ED 5607 W).

These courses require 7 participants to run, register promptly!

October 6-October 20


ED 5600 W Growth Mindset: Preparing for Social Emotional Learning, Faculty: Melissa Solema, Grade Levels: PK-12, 1 Graduate Semester Hour, Tuition: $230

Thinking about how to prepare for Ohio’s Social Emotional Learning Standards? Want students to accept new challenges, take failures in stride, and become self-motivated in face-to-face, hybrid or remote learning classroom settings? By learning the difference between a fixed and growth mindset, teachers and students can set the tone for learning by embracing challenges and persisting in the face of setbacks. Discover how to engage students in challenging work that celebrates mistakes and encourages hard work. Focus on strategies and skills that build better work habits, resilience, and dedication in the classroom. In this hybrid course, using Zoom and Schoology, participants will develop self-awareness and understanding of a growth mindset in a collaborative setting. Course activities will focus on building and creating a collection of strategies and activities aligned with Ohio’s Social Emotional Learning Standards to support teachers, parents and students, ready for use in the face-to-face or virtual classroom. You must be available to be online using Zoom Tuesday, October 6, Thursday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 13, from 6-8 pm. Independent work will be required after class on the 8th and due before class on the 13th. 


5601 W The Outdoor Classroom Connection Book Study, Faculty: Sharon Graper, Grade Levels: K-12, 1 Graduate Semester Hour, Tuition: $100, (You must also register for the workshop itself $100 at Holden Forests & Gardens).

By honing observation skills, participants can teach students to appreciate the world around them, develop their own skills, practice inquiry techniques and discover connections between living things. These techniques will be useful in a remote learning situation or when participants are in school exploring your school grounds. We will read The Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, The Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Environments by Nathanael Johnson (ISBN-# 9781623363857). Holden Forests & Gardens educators will share their expertise and how this can complement and support your classroom learning objectives. You must be available to be online using Google Meet Tuesday, October 6, Thursday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 13, all 6-8 pm. Google Classroom will be used for assignments and discussions, but no Google Classroom experience is necessary. Please purchase the book prior to class. The rest of the course is at your own pace and completed in 2 weeks.
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October 9-23


ED 5602 W Embracing Racial Diversity to Create Inclusive Classrooms, NEW Faculty: Charesha Barrett, Grade Levels: PK-12, 1 Graduate Semester Hour, Tuition: $230

Today’s current events are forcing us to face our country’s turbulent past and history of racism. During this interactive online course, educators will learn about the historical foundations of race, become aware of their biases, and gain strategies to facilitate tough conversations. In addition, they will develop the tools to incorporate diverse perspectives and equitable practices to create inclusive learning environments for all students. Participants will complete a standard-based project, and develop a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan. You must be available to be online using Zoom Friday, October 9, 6-8 pm and Saturday, October 10, 9 am-1 pm. The rest of the course is completed at your own pace and completed in 2 weeks.
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October 16-30

ED 5603 W Google It Too! Using Google Apps to Maximize Digital Learning, Faculty: Amy Roediger, Grade Level: PreK-12, 1 Graduate Semester Hour, Tuition: $230

Required prerequisite: Google It!, Let’s Get Googling ED 5719 or comparable content.
Now that you are using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Drawings, come and explore some alternative uses of each of these to supercharge in-person, hybrid, or remote learning. We will also examine some of the other Google Apps like Meet, Classroom, Calendar, and more. Participants will maximize the functions Google Apps by including add-ons and Chrome extensions. We will also check out web tools that play nicely with the Google Apps and help teachers create a seamless blended learning environment. By the end of the class, participants will create lessons to use in the classroom or in the spirit of Google’s 20% time, and work on a project they design to increase use of Google Apps in their educational settings. You must be available to be online using Google Meet Friday, October 16 from 6-8 pm and Saturday, October 17, 9 am-1 pm. The rest of the course is completed at your own pace and completed in 2 weeks.

ED 5604 W What is The Science of Reading?, Faculty: Dr. Kelly Moran, Grade Levels: PreK-12, 1 Graduate Semester Hour, Tuition: $230

Interested in learning what cognitive scientists have discovered about the reading brain? This course will explore the wide spreading interest in the science of reading (SOR) instruction. Uncover the importance of explicit phonics instruction, developing content knowledge, and exposing readers to grade level text play in developing strong and successful readers. Course activities include reviewing ODE’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement, digitally engaging with cognitive scientists, and reconstructing a model of the Simple View of Reading. Join us for a fascinating journey into brain based research, learn where to find evidence based curriculum aligned to the state’s literacy plan, and interact with others in SOR social media groups. You must be available to be online using Zoom Friday, October 16, 6-8 pm and Saturday, October 17, 9 am-1 pm. The rest of the course is completed at your own pace and completed in 2 weeks.
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October 23-November 6

ED 5605 W The Best of Phonics in Motion, Faculty: Sally Maher Grade Levels: PreK-3 and Remedial Readers, 1 Graduate Semester Hour, Tuition: $230

This course will offer an overview of the four components of Phonics in Motion (KMP’s, Reading and Writing Monster, Language Calendar, and Vowel House). Theory, research and practice will be provided for each component. Participants will be engaged in hands-on practice in all areas of the program. Through Zoom, instructors will demonstrate the KMP’s, use of the Vowel House, and model writing entries on the Language Calendar. Additionally, participants will explore the website with guidance to discover all the support included within. Suggestions will be provided on ways to support parents if schools go to remote learning. Participants will also develop an understanding on how to integrate the components into the demands of Ohio’s Learning Standards. Required resource: PIM is a copyrighted method of teaching literacy. A 1 year license to teach Phonics in Motion© is required for $99 (60% LEC discount). This provides you with lesson plans, resources, videos of every KMP ™, and on-demand online training. This fee is in addition to the tuition. You will be contacted by PIM staff to purchase the license. You must be available to be online using Zoom Friday, October 23 from 6-8 pm and Saturday, October 24 from 9 am-1 pm. The rest of the course is completed at your own pace and completed in 2 weeks.

ED 5606 W Successful Technology Integration to Make Your Lessons Work in Any Setting, NEW, Faculty: Tracy Coleman, Grade Levels: PreK-12, 1 Graduate Semester Hour, Tuition: $230

Teachers everywhere are looking for ways to promote high levels of student engagement in hybrid, remote, and even limited classroom contact scenarios. In this course, we will explore effective ways to use online tools for group collaboration, close reading, peer review, and writing, as well as ways to use digital tools to give students more choices in how they demonstrate their learning. Participants will learn about ways to meaningfully integrate technology at all levels from K-12. Everyone from novice to expert will leave this course equipped with ready-to use lessons and a host of resources to engage students in activities in any learning environment. Learn about: Prism, Playposit, Padlet, Edmodo, Actively Learn, Classtools, and Peergrade as well as interesting ways to use Google and other free resources to give students more voice and choice in the activities they complete to show what they know. You must be available to be online using Zoom Friday, October 23 from 6-8 pm and Saturday, October 24 from 9 am-1 pm. The rest of the course is completed at your own pace and completed in 2 weeks.
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October 30-November 27

ED 5607 W Google Certified Educator - Level 1*, Faculty: Sarah Rivera, Grades: PK-12, 2 Graduate Semester Hours, Tuition: $460

In this 2 semester hour course, we will learn and practice skills using Google Applications for Education to prepare for taking the Google Certified Educator Level 1 test. Study guides and example problems will be supplied, and the course will culminate taking the test. This class is geared towards students with a working knowledge of Google Applications for Education. Suggested pre-requisite is Google It!, Google It Too! or Let’s Get Googling courses. If you plan to take the Google Certified Educator exam ($10) you will need to pre-register for the test. Specific instructions will be provided once the course begins. You must be available to be online using Zoom Friday, October 30, 6-8 pm, Saturday, October 31, 9 am-1 pm and Saturday, November 7, 9 am-1 pm. The rest of the course is completed at your own pace and completed in 4 weeks.
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November 10-24

ED 5608 W Increasing Student Engagement Using Technology, Faculty: Sarah Rivera, Grade Levels: K-12, 1 Graduate Semester Hour, Tuition: $230

Are you looking for ways to add a “WOW” factor in your Classroom. Did you know that this generation of students has never gone without using or being exposed to technology? In this course, we will discover and explore innovative ways to increase student comprehension and engagement using technology that is compatible with any platform. You will be able to use the technology to assess students, gather data, and provide instant feedback, all while keeping students engaged! By the end of the class, you will have a “toolbox of technology” ready to implement in your classroom! Learn about: Problem Attic, ActivelyLearn, EdPuzzle, Flipgrid, Edulastic, Quizizz, Nearpod and Peergrade. You must be available to be online using Zoom Tuesday, November 10, Thursday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 17 from 6-8 pm. The rest of the course is completed at your own pace and completed in 2 weeks.

ED 5609 W Using Citizen Science to Elevate Your Instruction, Faculty: Sharon Graper, Grade Levels: K-12, 1 Graduate Semester Hour, Tuition: $100 (You must also register for the workshop itself $100 at Holden Forests & Gardens).

Citizen Science Projects are becoming even more popular. They are the perfect way to encourage curiosity and engagement with the natural world and help students develop and reconnect with their own sense of place. Citizen Science projects provide authentic inquiry-driven questions for students to answer through the scientific process. They allow students to take ownership of their data, share their results and engage in science. These types of activities lend themselves perfectly to in class or remote teaching so they will be useful no matter what the school year holds. We will read Exploring a Sense of Place by Karen Harwell and JoAnna Reynolds (ISBN# 978-0978685102). We will discuss the importance of place and Citizen Science Projects for promoting engagement in students. Holden Forests & Gardens educators will share their expertise and knowledge on how to successfully implement Citizen Science Projects utilizing neighborhoods and school yards and how this can complement and support your classroom learning objectives. You must be available to be online on using Google Meet Tuesday, November 10, Thursday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 17 from 6-8 pm. Google Classroom will be used for assignments and discussions, but no Google Classroom experience is necessary. The book is available online for free. The rest of the course is at your own pace and completed in 2 weeks.