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       Approved.

 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       Approved.

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 aims to cover the changes in the future of education:  demographic changes, economic globalization, technological innovation, and the importance of creativity and entrepreneurship.  Other areas to be covered are the preparation of students to be productive, with knowledge and skills that constitute digital competence to face coming opportunities.  Text: Zhao, Yong. (2009). Catching Up or Leading the Way. V:ASCD

ED 501  Rethinking Education and Technology -   2 semester credits

This course discusses the use of technology in the classroom, offering a overview that includes online social networks, distance learning, digital homeschooling models, video games and more. The course will aim 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 aims to provide an understanding about students with Dyslexia and how they can become more encouraged with their reading and writing problems through better understanding of their unique difficulty.  The course information will shed light on the problems and strategies the child can understand and use to become a reader and a writer.  The course provides resources, strategies and insights and is a valuable resource for helping students and those who teach them learn and understand about Dyslexia.  Foss, Ben. (2013). The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan. New York, NY: Ballantine Books

ED 501  Understanding Autism -  2 semester credits

This course aims to provide 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 topics covered are early education, sensory sensitivities, development of their talents, and mentors and teachers that can help.  Text:  Sicile-Kira, Chantel.  (2004).  Autism Spectrum Disorders.  NY: Perigree Books

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

When a child has been labeled with words, ?difficult, oversensitive or inattentive?, there may something else to consider to address the child?s underlying difficulties.  Sensory Processing Disorder is the overlooked problem for students with learning difficulties and different approaches and understanding will aim to consider ways to understand the student and make the classroom more conducive to learning.  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 aims to provide 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. (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 desires to encourage ideas and foster students to life long learning.  Text:  Esquith,  R.  (2007).  Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire.  NY:  Penguin Books