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    Preschool Fun Ideas is an overview of age appropriate practices for early childhood educators. This course covers the fundamentals of creating engaging and nurturing learning centers, discusses the importance of each learning domain, gives examples of activities to incorporate into your daily schedule, and gives you a hands on experience creating your own lesson plan.

    Are you looking for ways to enhance your practice of teaching? Do you need to find new and exciting ways to engage your students? Our Student Engagement and Learning course explores the potential of formative assessment and techniques for improving student learning. We summarize key research on classroom formative assessment and show how these practices have a greater impact on educational achievement than most other reforms. Finally, practical techniques are discussed to help educators incorporate strategies into classroom practice.

    All of the changes that have affected learners in the 21st century from technology changes to forms of communication have left a gap in the learning experience. In this course, we will discuss twenty-first century learners and how the times have impacted education today.

    To meet the needs of every gifted student, differentiating curriculum is not an option, it’s a necessity! Our Teaching Gifted Learners course demystifies challenges that teachers may face when creating curriculum for the gifted learner. By taking this course, you’ll be able to identify gifted students and recognize how to implement research-supported strategies in the classroom. We will target the three components of differentiation – context, process, and product. Not all gifted students are alike – that’s why differentiating curriculum is so important.

    Are you ready to flip your classroom? Thinking about using a less than traditional method of teaching in your class? After learning about the history of the “flipped classroom,” you will look at how the roles and expectations of students and teachers change when using this model. No longer are students using textbooks and sitting in rows with a chalkboard. Today’s generation is using the Internet and technology to approach learning. Teachers are facilitator’s and encourage learning through interacting with the students, not lecturing. The Flipped Classroom course will give you strategies and tips to effectively implement the model into your class.

    Our Threat Assessment in Schools course provides guidance on a wide spectrum of issues related to the threat-assessment process. We’ll discuss how to develop, operate, and manage a threat-assessment strategy by using the Salem-Keizer System Threat Assessment as a model. This course also delves into additional issues that school districts are having to deal with – domestic violence, teen dating, and stalking. By developing a strategic threat-assessment process, you’ll be able to provide appropriate services to those involved in your classroom and school district.