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    Teacher Professional Development

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    Over the last three decades, school shootings have become increasing more frequent. Why is this happening? Our Bullying in Schools course discusses the connections between school shootings, bullying, and gender and social demands placed on children in our schools. Bullying has reached disturbing levels across the country and no one is immune. We’ll discuss aspects of masculinity, social status, violence against girls, cyber-bullying, gay bashing, and adult bullying. This course introduces you to the effects bullying has on our communities and techniques for creating a caring learning environment for our children.

    Taking our Classroom Management Secrets course will give participants practical advice and step-by-step instructions for devising a classroom management plan that motivates their students to want to behave in the classroom. Among many things, topics will cover important information on how to handle difficult students, how to fuel intrinsic motivation, how to teach routines, and how to be a calmer, more effective teacher. **Our teacher professional development courses are International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) approved! IACET hours are accepted for continuing education units in the following states: Alaska, Michigan, North Carolina, and West Virginia**

    As an educator, you work to make sure your students are in a physically safe classroom environment, but what about socially and emotionally? It is extremely important for students to feel valued, that their social identity and cultures are accepted, and that they are welcomed members of the classroom. Our Creating Safe Classroom Environments course helps educators gain the knowledge for building positive, trustworthy, and challenging curriculum and environments that allow students to flourish. These practices help to empower students to take charge of their own learning and goals.

    Developmentally appropriate and effective practices are a valuable tool for educators in the classroom. Following effective practices and curriculum standards allows educators to provide the best structure for students learning experience. In this course, we will cover the developmentally appropriate practices as well as the most effective practices and curriculum standards.

    The elementary classroom today, is more diverse, inclusive, and plugged in to technology than ever before and although schools today are changing so rapidly, the power of differentiation remains the same and the need is ever growing! Teachers today are under tremendous pressure to help ensure students meet a set of rigorous, standardized learning topics. Differentiation in the Elementary Classroom will guide teachers with the division of time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct their students. **Our teacher professional development courses are International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) approved! IACET hours are accepted for continuing education units in the following states: Alaska, Michigan, North Carolina, and West Virginia**

    Bullying has become a growing issue in schools and children's lives. Educators must play a part in the prevention and identification of bullying and harassment in their classroom and school. In this course, we will discuss how to prevent, identify, and discipline harassment and bullying in the classroom and learning environment.

    Educators play a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect by identifying signs and providing a safe environment for students. In this course, we will discuss what the role educators play in child safety and explore physically safe environments for their students.

    Children are exposed to three main structures and interactions, Family, School, and Community. These structures can effect a child's education by providing support or being a challenge. In this course, we will explore the different partnerships between a child's family, school, and community as well as discussing the communications.

    Are you looking for guidance for incorporating flipped techniques in your classroom? The basic principle of flipped learning involves providing direct instruction for the individual outside of class so that there is more strategic use of in-class time for group work. Our Flipped Learning for Elementary Education course explores practical ways that educators can incorporate this model into their classrooms. Within this course, we’ll cover how to teach different flipped subjects, incorporating technology, and how to provide differentiated instruction.

    All teachers want children to fulfill their creative potential, but teachers and other adults often unintentionally stifle creativity. Fueling Creativity in the Classroom is designed to help teachers know and understand the skills that children need to thrive in the future: knowing how to learn, passion and curiosity, people skills, and creativity.

    In the early childhood classroom, guidance is a key part of an educator’s role. Guiding young children in their early years can help promote a successful, happy student. In this course, you will explore strategies for guidance in the classroom including ways of guidance, difference environments, and children at play. This course will also discuss developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) which will give insight into how young children develop and learn.

    An Individualized Education Plan serves as a blueprint for learners who are eligible for special education services. English Language Leaners who also qualify for an IEP are a unique group of students who require specialized instruction and highly trained educators who understand their diverse needs. Placing students into special education programs is framed within a multi-tiered model that serves as a foundation of IEP development. Our course helps to guide educators in the development and implementation of Individualized Education Plans for diverse learners.