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    The ability to manage a classroom is one of the most crucial skills any educator can cultivate. The Classroom Management Secrets course is designed to develop these skills through practical advice and step-by-step instructions. Educators will learn to create a classroom management plan that motivates students to practice proper behavior in the classroom, as well as handle difficult students, fuel intrinsic motivation, teach routines, and be a calmer, more effective teacher.

    Technology and content area curriculum should be partnered in such a way to enhance not just learning for the students, but also increase enthusiasm for the teachers. Student’s today have at their fingertips access to a variety of information and communications that did not exist when their teachers were children. Students seamlessly integrate new technologies into their lives in ways that mystify many adults. Our classrooms must capture and keep students attention and focus. Today that means utilizing as much technology throughout each subject every day. Our course promotes the use of technology throughout all curriculum.

    This course will focus on the belief that all classrooms are heterogeneous on many levels, as are the students in them. This course will assist teachers seeking to create learning environments that address the variability that is typical of academically diverse classrooms. The course aims to help teachers determine what differentiated instruction is, why it is essential for all learners, how to begin to plan for it, and how to become comfortable enough with student differences to make school comfortable for each student.

    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.

    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.

    Everyone who reads written language employs reading strategies. When teaching students to read, you are showing learners the kinds of reading decisions that proficient readers make rapidly and automatically to understand the text. When readers use these strategies often enough in a conscious and deliberate way, at some point, the practices become unconscious skills that they apply automatically whenever they read. This course focuses on practical "how-to" instructions to practice while helping students gain a greater understanding of what they are reading. Our Teaching the Struggling Reader course provides strategies for teachers and parents to use to help give their young readers the confidence they need to gain a love of reading!

    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. Teachers need to ensure that every single early childhood setting is a place where ideas can grow and our course will help new and seasoned teachers with their approach in fostering creativity for the students in their classrooms.

    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.

    Unfortunately, gun violence within our schools has become an epidemic that needs to be addressed by communities, law enforcement, and school districts. Our Surviving an Active Shooter in School course presents ideas for parents, children, and school administrators on how to mitigate, prepare for, and fight back against an active shooter. Various indicators and triggers for violence, strategies for keeping yourself safe, and techniques for handling and reacting to a violent situation are all discussed.

    No single strategy can guarantee that a child will learn. Instructional strategies work in collaboration with other educational methods to influence student learning. Our Instructional Strategies for Academic Success course explores over 330 specific instructional strategies. We discuss how to use assessments, how to conduct lessons, and implement rules and procedures all while building positive relationships with students.

    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.

    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.