This advanced course explores how literacy, broadly defined as reading, writing, talking, viewing, representing, and listening, can be a tool for thinking and learning in the content areas for all PK-12 students in different school environments of a diverse and globalized society. The course provides opportunity for participants to discuss and practice inquiry-based approaches that support learning and literacy development in the content areas, while integrating technology and instruction and connecting reading and writing. The course includes the genres and texts that teachers might use in the teaching of reading for different purposes. Professional and research literature are included. The workshop/seminar format of the course is interactive and includes lectures and demonstrations as students become more knowledgeable with respect to ethical decision-making, social responsibility, and reflective practice. Class participants will serve as resources, collaborators and teachers through in-class discussions, group work, and projects.
This course is designed to assist the classroom teacher in creating a climate that is safe and conducive to learning for all students in the inclusive classroom setting. Students will expand and apply their knowledge of theory and practical strategies for classroom management and student engagement. Through inquiry based study, learners will gain increased knowledge of effective strategies to implement when dealing with challenging student behaviors. Students will gain advanced skills with which to manage the inclusive classroom and be able to more effectively engage students and parents.
This course introduces students to a variety of technologies and computer applications that can enhance teaching, assessment, and the learning process. Class sessions and projects involve critically examining the theory and practice of using technologies to augment learning. Course objectives are grounded in the the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards and the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T).
This course will provide an overview of formal and informal models of teacher leadership as well as the opportunity for in-depth analyses of relevant topics from the current and past centuries. Students will explore emerging trends that address leadership opportunities for teachers and issues related to group dynamics, motivation, communication, ethics, and human relations. Course topics will also include educator evaluation, the nationalization of standards and assessment, standards-based education, globalization, diversity, and technology. Skills and strategies for effective leadership will be developed, especially those related to organizational change, ethical decision-making, and team building.