Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Taking a Workshop or Course

Graduate Credit Requirements

Humanities (EDUC 591F)

View all programs in sequence at your local group site or online, and participate in your site's group activities, discussion sessions, or online activities. If you are taking a workshop or course online, you can interact with others through your workshop or course's specific Web site at Learner.org.

Credit for this workshop (2 credits) or course (3 credits) is at the graduate level. Therefore, coursework should reflect a professional level of expertise and thoughtful reflection for satisfactory completion. To receive a satisfactory grade for this workshop or course, you must submit the following materials (explained in more detail below):

1. A folder/journal documenting your participation in the workshop or course;

2. A two to three page reflective paper explaining how workshop or course concepts and/or strategies have influenced your classroom goals or practice; and

3. A classroom project that demonstrates one concrete way you have implemented workshop or course concepts/strategies in your actual classroom or an alternative educational setting.

Folder/Journal: Document the class time spent during the workshop or course by maintaining a folder in which you record your reactions and responses to the ideas and activities presented at your local group site. You should include copies of activity sheets, summaries of group discussions, e-mail messages sent by you as a part of the listserv discussion group, and your answers to questions presented in the series or on the Website.

Please Note:
Group Participants: If you are taking the workshop or course as part of a group, please list in your folder/journal the facilitator name and any sponsoring organization.
Individual Participants: If you are taking a 2-credit workshop individually, your folder/journal needs to demonstrate approximately 25-30 hours of participation in the workshop outside of the expected homework time. If you are taking a 3-credit course individually, your folder/journal needs to demonstrate approximately 40-45 hours of participation in the course outside of the expected homework time. You can document informal conversations with colleagues, include your reaction to suggested readings, create an annotated bibliography of course resources, respond to discussion topics with personal journal entries, or anything that will demonstrate your self-initiated and full participation.

Reflective Paper: Write a two to three page reflection paper that explains your goals for improving instruction in your school or classroom as a result of participating in the workshop or course, including how your classroom practice may be enhanced. Please use standard formatting, i.e., typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. font, etc. Feel free to write this paper in a form that you find most practical or useful for your work (such as a letter to parents, or a column for a newsletter).

Classroom Project: For your project, choose some techniques that you have seen during the workshop or course and would like to try. Draft an original lesson or unit, or make changes to a current lesson plan that uses these techniques. Put this plan into action in your classroom. (If you are an administrator, you don't have your own classroom, or you are taking this course during the summer session, modify the project to fit your situation. For example, if you are a parent, you may work with your own children. If you aren't a parent, you may choose to work with a small group of children in an informal learning setting. In addition, you may choose to prepare a professional development session/workshop for other teachers or do a reflective paper and lesson plan for a lesson you may implement in the future.) Submit your plan with a description of implementation, evidence of implementation (student work, a performance assessment rubric, anchor papers, etc.), and a written reflection evaluating your results, summarizing your impressions, and suggesting changes for future implementation.

Grading will be on a pass/fail basis only.

The following is the grading criteria for the assignments:

Folder/Journal (documents participation, assigned activities, etc.) 30%
Reflective Paper (two or three pages) 30%
Classroom Project 40%
80% = passing

Please send coursework as an email attachment in pdf or doc format to the course instructor. Be sure to mark each item clearly with your name, course number, and semester. (e.g., B.Smith_journal_EDUC_591F_Spr17.doc) Your coursework will not be returned, so please keep a copy for your records.

For Developing Writers, Teaching Multicultural Literature: A Workshop for the Middle Grades, Write in the Middle, or Inside Writing Communities, Grades 3-5, The Art of Teaching the Arts: A Workshop for High School Teachers, The Arts in Every Classroom, or Connecting with the Arts direct questions and email your completed coursework folder to:

Zelda Darby
Ph: 970-488-6127
Email: [email protected]

For The Economics Classroom direct questions and email your completed coursework folder to:

Kathy Harward
Ph: 970-491-1482
Email: [email protected]

For Making Civics Real: A Workshop for Teachers or Social Studies in Action: A Methodology Workshop or Teaching Geography direct questions and email your completed coursework folder to:

Thomas E. Davis
Ph: 970-493-4069 (hm)  970-227-3949 (cell)
Email: [email protected]

For Primary Sources and America's History in the Making direct questions and email your completed coursework to:

Judith Lane
Ph: 970-491-2056
Email: [email protected]

For In Search of the Novel or Conversations in Literature or Making Meaning in Literature or The Expanding Canon: Teaching Multicultural Literature in High School or Artifacts and Fiction direct questions and email your completed coursework folder to:

Dr. Cindy O’Donnell-Allen
Phone: 970-491-5161
Fax: 970-491-5601
Email: [email protected]

For Engaging With Literature or Teaching Reading K-2 or Teaching Reading 3-5 direct questions and email your completed coursework folder to:

Nancy Rowe
Ph: 970-223-6847
Email: [email protected]

For Teaching Foreign Languagesdirect questions and email your completed coursework folder to:

Dr. Frederique Grim
Ph: 970-491-5255
Email: [email protected]

For all other questions, please contact Ms. Barry Carroll by phone at 970-491-1124 or by email at [email protected].


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