Spring Term 2016, Year-Round Independent ClassesSummer 2016

 Schedule for Spring Term, 2016 On-Site Classes and Independent Study Classes listed below with credits issued through Colorado State University - Pueblo.
All classes are from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm and the fee payment is $290.00 for On-Site class.  Independent Study class fee payment is $280.00.  No-credit class fee payment is $200.00. 
Teacher Education Professional Development 
Graduate Professional Continuing Education Classes 
Dewey J. Walsh, Ed.D., Instructor  
With Credit Issued through:
Teacher Education Professional Development
Graduate Credit Professional Development
Colorado State University - Pueblo
Pueblo, CO. 

If you would like to take a class, please email me at dewey@teachersfocus.com   Please include your name, address, telephone number and email.  

Registration will be at the first class session.

St. Cloud, MN.  Classes on Tuesdays,  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

St Cloud AmericInn  (Behind the Shell Gas and Mcdonalds) (Hwy I-94, take exit #171)

ED501 Learning/Teaching - Creativity and Imagination - 2 semester credits -  $290.00

Course Description:  This course will explain the importance of creativity and imagination, and how it can have a positive affect on learning and teaching. 

Tuesdays:  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  January 12, 19, 26.  February 2,  16.  (skip February 9)


ED501  The Power of Storytelling - 2 semester credits  - $290.00

Course Description:  Storytelling is a way of learning and understanding concepts.   The skills of storytelling will help teachers and students improve their communication, leadership, listening and writing abilities.

Tuesdays:  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  February 23.  March 1, 8, 15, 22. 


ED501  Course to  be announced

Tuesday:.  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  April 5, 12, 19, 26.  May 3. 


Monticello, MN.  Wednesdays:   4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Monticello Community Center,  505 Walnut Street  


Understanding the Child PK-18  - 2 semester credits  -  $290.00 

Course Description:  This course provides a view of the child in today's society, pre-kindergarten to high school graduation.  Reviewing the child's

emotional, social, physical and educational development will help the teacher better understand the child.

Wednesdays:  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  January 13, 20, 27.  February 3, 17.  (skip Feb. 10.)


ED501 The Maker Movement in the Classroom - 2 semester credits - $290.00 

Course Description:   This course provides teachers with information on using the maker movement to help students become learners through

experience. The maker movement is the use of making, tinkering and engineering in the classroom using information, tools, materials and electronics

in researching, building and reporting.

Wednesdays:  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm.   February 24.   March 2, 9, 16, 23.


ED501  Capacity to Learn:  Seeing it Differently - 2 semester credits - $290.00

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

Wednesdays:  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  April 6, 13, 20, 27.  May 4. 


-Independent Study Classes-

 2015 - 2016  Independent Study Courses are available now and are offered year round.  They are 2 semester credit classes.  You can work on your own  time.  

 (200.00 for non-credit:  contact the instructor.)  Text books are not included.  They may be found at the library, book stores or Amazon. 

ED 501 Understanding Dyslexia - 2 semester credits  - $280.00

Course Description:  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.


ED 501 World Class Learners  - 2 semester credits - $280.00

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 - 2 semester credits - $280.00

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 - 2 semester credits - $280.00

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- 2 semester credits - $280.00

This course presents an understanding of the autism/Asperger spectrum as well as providing resources useful to those who work in school and 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 and mentor and teachers to help. Text: Sicile-Kira, chantal. (2004). Autism Spectrum Disorders. NY:Perigree books

ED 501 The Out of Sync Child - 2 semester credits - $280.00

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 - 2 semester credits -$280.00

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 - 2 semester credits - $280.00

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 - 2 semester credits - $280.00

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

ED 501 Fire Up: Ideas  and Strategies to Motivate Teaching and Learning - 2 semester credits  - $280.00

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