ONSITE and YEAR ROUND INDEPENDENT/ONLINE CLASS SCHEDULE2016 SUMMER FACE-FACE and INDEPENDENT/ONLINE CLASSES

                                                                                                               
SCHEDULE SPRING TERM 2016:  A list of 2016 ON-SITE Classes and INDEPENDENT STUDY Classes with credits issued through Colorado State University - Pueblo. Teacher Education Professional Development,  Graduate Credit Professional Development, Colorado State University - Pueblo, CO. 
 
Teacher Education Professional Development, Graduate Professional Continuing Education Classes, Dewey J. Walsh, Instructor.
If you would like to take a class, please email me at dewey@teachersfocus.com    Registration will be at the first class session.  
 
ON-SITE CLASSES are $290.00 and $200.00 for non-credit.  Each course is 2 semester credits.
 
  
ON-SITE CLASSES FOR APRIL AND MAY, 2016:  

ST. CLOUD, MN.  Classes on Tuesdays,  St Cloud AmericInn  (Behind the Shell Gas and Mcdonalds) (Hwy I-94, take exit #171)

April 5, 12, 19, 26. May 3. Tuesdays, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  ED501 READING: STRATEGIES FOR CLOSE READING

This course takes a look at the process of cultivating critical reading habits.  The course focuses on the reader's engagement, observation, responsiveness, questioning and analysis.  

 

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MONTICELLO, MN.  Classes on Wednesdays,  Monticello Community Center,  505 Walnut Street  

April 6, 13, 20, 27.  May 4. Wednesdays, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  ED501 CAPACITY TO LEARN:  SEEING IT DIFFERENTLY 

This course focuses on the culture of education and reframing learning in an innovative way that will help stimulate student passion and achievement.

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES 2016  

Independent Study Courses are available now and are offered year round.  2 semester credit classes.   $280.00 (200.00 for non-credit)  Text books are not included.  They may be found at the library, book stores or Amazon. 

If you decide to enroll in a course, just send me the course title and I will email back: the course, the registration form, the evaluation form and a general letter of information.  You can print out the registration form, fill out the necessary information and mail back to me, along with the course fee (check payable to Dewey Walsh)  Sorry, i do not handle credit cards.  Once your grade is processed, Colorado State University-P will send you an email with your PID#  and the URL for accessing your transcript.

Course requirements:  there are five lessons per course and for each lesson:  read the text, access the websites, write a reflection of what you have learned.  After the five lessons, there is also an essay on what you have learned overall, and an evaluation form.  In all, you mail back to me five reflections, one essay, one evaluation form.   

ED 501 UNDERSTANDING DYSLEXIA

This course focuses on children and students who have Dyslexia, a reading and writing problem.  The course offers information on the problems, and what kind of strategies one can use to help the child become a reader and a writer.  The course provides resources, strategies and insights in helping a dyslexic student.  A valuable resource for helping students learn to read and write is available in this course.  Text: foss, Ben (2013).  The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan.  New York, NY: Ballantine Books 

 

ED 501 WORLD CLASS LEARNERS 

This course covers the changes of the forces in education: demographic changes, economic globalization, technological innovation, and the importance of enhancing creativity and entrepreneurship.  Other areas of information will cover preparing students to be productive global citizens with the kind of knowledge and skills that constitute digital and global competence, and what schools can do to meet the opportunities brought about by globalization and technology.   Text: Zhao, Yong. (2009). Catching up or leading the way.  VA: ASCD  

ED 501 RETHINKING EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY

This course will present the current movement in education and the use of technology in the classroom, offering a vision to include online social networks, distance learning, digital home schooling models, video games and more.  The course will provide information to rethink education in the light of technology, and discuss how teachers can help students capture the magnitude of involvement in the learning process.  Text: Collins A. & Halverson, R. (2009). Rethinking education in the age of technology. NY:Teachers College Press  

ED 501 RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI): READING AND WRITING IN THE CLASSROOM 

The purpose of this course is to understand the structure and implementation of RTI, Response to Intervention.  RTI, Response to Intervention, focuses on effective practices for helping all readers achieve, especially struggling readers, using simple and authentic instruction, assessments and support.  This effort focuses on the information needed to create a safety net that can help struggling readers before the learning gap widens.  Text: Howard, M. (2009). RTI from all sides, what every teacher needs to know. NH:Heinemann 

ED 501 UNDERSTANDING AUTISM

This course presents an understanding of the autism/Asperger spectrum as well as providing resources useful to those who work in the school or home. Children and adults on the spectrum should be encouraged to develop talents that can be turned into job skills or hobbies.  Social interaction will develop through an interest that can be shared with other people.  Emphasis should be given to areas of strength and not deficits.  Important assets early in life are early education, sensory sensitivities, development of talents, mentors and teachers to help. Text: Sicile-Kira, Chantal. (2004). Autism Spectrum Disorders. NY:Perigree Books 

ED 501 THE OUT-OF-SYNC CHILD

If the child has been labeled with words like difficult, oversensitive or inattentive, there may be a new explanation and understanding.  This course addresses the child's underlying difficulties and helps to recognize and cope with sensory integration dysfunction and finds ways to approach and understand children who need help. Sensory Processing Disorder is the overlooked problem in students with learning problems.  This information will help to make the classroom more conducive to learning for the sensitive child.  Text: Kranowitz, C. (revised 2005). The out-of-sync child.NY:Pedigree Books   

ED 501 THE MISUNDERSTOOD CHILD

Teachers play a vitally important role in helping children with learning disabilities achieve their full potential.  Resources about learning disabilities, and the problems that may be related, including acting out, alcohol abuse and isolation, will be discussed.  This course is an overview of the child's world of learning differences and disabilities covering assessment, evaluation and diagnosis.  Sensory integration problems, autism, dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, ADD. ADHD, LD, and giftedness will be discussed.  Text: Silver, Larry. (2006). Misunderstood Child. (4th ed.) NY: Three River Press  

ED 501 TEACHING STUDENTS COGNITIVE SKILLS 

This course discusses research on teaching by explaining how teachers and their students think and learn - revealing how they build knowledge and create lasting learning experiences.  The research is using the tools and habits of thinking, remembering and learning.  Text: Willingham, D. (2009). Why don't students like school. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass  

ED 501 TEACHING IN THE 21st CENTURY CLASSROOM

The aim of this course is to provide information, discussion and sharing of resources focused on managing change and building support across the school community for innovation, collaboration, communication and creativity to help move teaching in the classroom into the 21st century.  Text: Schrum, L. & Levin, B.  Leading 21st Century Schools. CA: Corwin  

ED 501 FIRE-UP:  Ideas  and Strategies to Motivate Teaching and Learning

This course presents inspiring ideas and a variety of teaching methods for teachers to assist their students achieve accomplishments by introducing them to the wonder of learning, the power of imagination and the courage to go-it-alone in the learning journey.  This is a class that will encourage ideas that are needed to nurture our students and to challenge them to life long learning.  Text: Esquith, R. (2007). Teach like you hair's on fire. NY: Penguin Books