If you would like to take a face to face class, please email  dewey@teachersfocus.com      New fees have commenced beinning January 1, 2017.  They are $306.00  (non-credit $200.00). for the face to face classes.  The Independent Study classes are $296.00 (non-credit is $200.00



Credits issued through Colorado State University - Pueblo Teacher Education Professional Development, Graduate Credit Professional Development Colorado State University - Pueblo, Colorado

 Face to Face Classes On-Site (OS) -

Face to face classes are 5 weeks long and meet onsite  the first, third and fifth session.  Session two and four are independent study.

2017   Face to Face Classes  - in St. Cloud, MN.

St. Cloud, MN   AmericInn Hotel, Hwy 94 (exit #171)

March 28.   April4, 11, 18, 25.  St. Cloud, MN.  Tuesdays 4;00pm - 9:00pm

ED501 Autism in Your Classroom -  2 semester credits.  Text:    Fein, D. & Dunn, M. (2007). Autism in your Classroom.  MD: Woodbine House  This course is offered awaiting approval process.

 This course aims to provide current information about Autism and the Autism Spectrum Disorders, ASDs.  We’ll learn about types, causes, characteristics and treatment.  This course emphasizes methods and ideas for teachers to help students in the classroom who are on the spectrum.

2017 Face to Face Classes - in Monticello, MN.

Monticello, MN.  Monticello Community Center, 505 Walnut Street

 March 29.  April 5, 12, 19, 26.  Monticello, MN.   Wednesdays. 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm  

ED501  Effective Teacher - 2 semester credits.  Text;  Hunt, G. & others. (2009. 4th edition)   Effective Teaching. IL: Charles C. Thomas Publishing  This course is offered awaiting approval process.

This course will provide information to help teachers evaluate and develop a personal and positive relationship between teachers and their students.  the class will incorporate improved methods of lecturing, use of effective group interaction, cognizance of multiple intelligences and the practice of utilizing different styles of learning.

 Independent Study Classes -

These courses are available anytime year round.  There are five lessons (assignments) per course and the requirements for each lesson is to read the text, access the websites, write a reflection of what you have learned.  In all, you mail back to me by postal mail your five reflections, one final essay and one evaluation form.  Please note that  the text book is not supplied, but is available at bookstores and Amazon, etc.

If you decide to enroll in a course, please email me at dewey@teachersfocus.com, requesting the course and I will email back:  the course, the registration form, the evaluation form and a general letter of infomation.  When you receive the course and information per email, you can print out the registration form, fill out the necessary information and mail it back to me along with the course fee, $296.00. ($200.00 for non-credit).  Make checks payable to Dewey Walsh .  Sorry, I do not handle credit cards. Once your grade is processed, Colorado State University - Pueblo will send you an email with your PID# and  the URL for accessing your transcript.

Independent Study Classes are available year round and you can work on your own time.  They are 2 semester credit classes.

ED 501 World Class Learners  -    2 semester credits  An enjoyable author and his helpful information.

This course covers the changes in the futuristic pathways in education:  demographic changes, economic globalization, technological innovation, and the importance of enhancing creativity and entrepreneurship.  Other areas of information are preparation of students to be productive, with the kind of knowledge and skills that constitute digital competence. Discusses what schools can do to meet the opportuities brought about by technology.  Text: Zhao, Yong. (2009). Catching Up or Leading the Way. V: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 program that includes online social networks, distance learning, digital homeschooling models, video games and more. The course will provide information to rethink education in the light of technology, and discusses how teachers can help students capture the magnitude of involovement in the learning process.  Text:  Collins, A. & Halverson, R.  (2009).  Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology.  NY:  Teachers College Press

ED 501  Understanding Dyslexia -  2 semester credits  Information is well-received by teachers who have taken this class.

This course gives an understanding about students with Dyslexia.  Students become more encouraged with their reading and writing problems.  It offers information on the problems and strategies one can use to help the child become a reader and a writer.  The course provides resources, strategies and insights.  This course is a valuable resource in helping students learn and be understood.  Test:  Foss, Ben (2013).  The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan.  NY: Ballantine Books

ED 501  Understanding Autism -  2 semester credits

This course presents an understanding of the Autism/Asperger spectrum as well as providing resources useful to those who work in the 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 topics covered  are early education, sensory sensitivities, development of talents, and mentors and teachers that help.  Text:  Sicile-Kira, Chantel.  (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 and 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, Carol.  (revised 2005).  The Out of Sync Child.  NY:  Perigree 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 Syndrom, ADD, ADHD, LD and giftedness will be discussed.  Text:  Silver, Larry. (2009).  The Misunderstood Child. (4th ed.)  NY:  Three Rivers 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.  CA: Jossey-Bass

ED 501 Teaching in the 21st Century  Classroom -  2 semester credits

This course aims to provide information and resources in technology by understanding Web 2.0 and social media tools in the learning environment. Text:  Schrum, L. & Levin, B. (2015). Leading 21st Century Schools. (2nd ed.) CA: Corwin

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 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, Mary.  (2009). RTI From All Sides, what every teacher needs to know.  NH: Heinemann

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

This course presents 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 Your Hair's On Fire.  NY:  Penguin Books