2015 On-Site Fall/Autumn & Year-Round Independent ClassesSummer 2015

                                                                                                               
 
   
 TEACHER EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
 Graduate Professional Continuing Education Classes 
 Dewey J. Walsh, Ed.D., Instructor  
Fall/Autumn, 2015

 If you would like to take a class or get information, please contact  dewey@teachersfocus.com or 218-281-6751 1811 Radisson Road,  Crookston, MN 56716  with credit issued through:

Colorado State University -  Pueblo, ColoradoTeacher Education Professional Development, Graduate Credit Professional Development, Colorado State University, Pueblo, Colorado 

On-Site Classes

If you would like to take a class, please email me adewey@teachersfocus.com   Please include your name, address, telephone number and email.   Registration will be at the first class session.

 ST. CLOUD,  MN.  AMERICINN

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

ED 501 World Class Learners  St.Cloud, MN   September  15, 22, 29.  October 6,  13.  2015  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm   - 2 semester credits   

This course is highly recommended and gives one something to think about. It is highly relevant in this day and age and presents the changes in the forces in education:  demographic changes, economic globalization, technological innovation, and enhancing creativity and entrepreneurship.  

To succeed in the ever-changing world, students need to be able to think resourcefully, flexibly, creativity, and globally.

Education that respects individual talents, supports divergent thinking, tolerates deviation, and encourages creativity has signified American education.  

A critical mix of success and intelligent risk countered with high stakes testing and standardization leads us to conclude that American education is at a cross roads.

 Those interested will gain a clear understanding of what kinds of knowledge and skills constitute digital competence 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 Course not yet selected.  St. Cloud, MN  October 20, 27.  November 3, 10, 17.  2015  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm - 2 semester credits

 

MONTICELLO,  MN.  COMMUNITY CENTER

Community Center,  505 Walnut Street,   *Boom Island Room

ED 501 Fire Up:  Ideas and Strategies to Motivate Teaching and Learning.   Community Center / Monticello,  505 Walnut Street,  September 16,  23,  30.  October  7,  14.  2015  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm - 2 semester credits 

 

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 

 

ED 501 Course not yet selected.   St. Cloud, MN.  October 21, 28.  November 4, 11, 18.  2015  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm  2 semester credits

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES 

Updated August 8, 2015   Independent Study Courses listed below are offered year round.  They are 2 semester credit classes.  You can work on your own  time.   The cost for the courses are $280.00.  (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 

This course is a real help for students who are having difficulties and the knowledge is very important for teachers to help students become successful in school.    The course offers information on the realities of living with Dyslexia and informs of accommodations that are available for children and adults.  Text:  Foss, Ben. (2014).The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan. New York, NY: Ballentine Books 

 

ED 501 World Class Learners  - 2 semester credits 

This course will present the changes of the forces in education: demographic changes, economic globalization, technological innovation, and enhancing creativity and entrepreneurship.  To succeed in this ever-changing world, students need to be able to think resourcefully, flexibly, creatively, and globally. Education that respects individual talents, supports divergent thinking, tolerates deviation, and encourages creativity has signified American education.  A critical mix of success and intelligent risk countered with high stakes testing and standardization leads us to conclude that American education is at a cross roads.  Those interested in preparing students to be productive global citizens will gain a clear understanding of what kinds of knowledge and skills constitute digital competence 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

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

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- 2semester credits 

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

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

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 

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  this course provides 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 forward into the changing world of new tools and communication.  Text: Schrum, L. & Levin, B. (2009). Leading 21st century schools.  CA: Corwin

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

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