If you would like to take a face to face class, please email me

 at   dewey@teachersfocus.com  

 Cost is $290.00. Non-credit is  $200.00

 Registration is at the first class session.  


     *Independent Study Classes":  Please Scroll Down 

Credits issued through Colorado State University - Pueblo 

Teacher Education Professional Development, 

Graduate Credit ProfessionalDevelopment

Colorado State University - Pueblo, CO.

Summer  Face to Face Classes  - in Monticello, MN.

Monticello, MN.  Monticello Community Center, 505 Walnut Street

July 11, 12, 13.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM  ED 501  Reading: Strategies for Close Reading - 2 semester credits

This course is about cultivating critical reading habits.  It focuses on the reader's engagement, observation, responsiveness, questioning and analysis.

July 18, 19, 20.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM  ED 501 Technologies and Applications in the Classroom - 2 semester credits

This course will discuss background information on using various forms of technology in the classroom, and the participant's interaction on how they use and would like to use technology.  We will discuss integraing lesson plans and curriculum with technology.

July 25, 26, 27. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM  ED 501 Art in The Classroom - 2 semester credits  (Approved)

This course will provide participants with knowledge, understanding and methodoogies needed in the information and experience in integraing art into all subject areas that will help students become involved in the learning process. Participants will learn to use art as a means to stimulate and motivate student learning throught incorporating art within lesson plans.

Summer Face to Face Classes   In St.Cloud, MN     All summer classes are approved (June 8,2016)

St. Cloud, MN.   St. Cloud AmericInn  -   (behind the Shell Gas Station and Mcdonalds  -  take exit  #171 on I-94)

June 13, 14, 15. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM  ED 501  The Makers Movement in the Classroom  -  2 semester credits

This course provides 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 all kinds of information, tools, materials and electronics in researching, buiilding and reporting on projects.

June  20, 21, 22.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM   ED 501 Fire- Up:  Ideas and Strategies to Motivate Teaching and Learning - 2 semester credits

This course will present a variety of methods to use to assist students by introducing them to the wonder of learning, the creativity of imagination, and the courage to go-it-alone in the learning journey,  fostering ideas to help nurture and challenge them to life-long learning.

June 27, 28,  29.   Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.   8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.   ED 501 Nature's Classroom  -  2 semester credits   (Approved)

This course will provide participants with the knowledge, understanding and methodologies needed in outdoor (nature) education and its ability to stimulate and motivate student learning and creativity in math, English, health, physical development, and science  for pre-kindergarten through high school students.

  -Independent Study Classes -

There are five lessons per course and the requirement for each lesson is to read the text, access the websites, write a reflection of what yoou 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, just email me at dewey@teachersfocus.com requesting the course title 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, $280.00. ($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

This course covers the changes in the opportunic 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, with the kind of knowledge and skills that constitute digital competence and that discusses what schools can do to meet the opportuities brought about by technology.  

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 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.

ED 501  Understanding Dyslexia -  2 semester credits

This course gives an understanding about students who have Dyslexia.  It will help us help our students become more encouraged with their reading and writing problems.  It offers information on the problems and the kinds of strategies one can employ 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 more understood.

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 assets early in life are early education, sensory sensitivities , development of talents, and mentors and teachers to help.

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.

ED 501 The Misunderstood Child  -  2 semester credits

Teachers play a vitally important role in helping children with learning disabilities achieve their full potential. Resoources 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 are topics that will be discussed.

ED 501  Teaching Students Cognitive Skills  -  2 semester credits

This course discusses research on teaching by explaining how teachers and their studnets think and learn  -  revealing how they build knowledge and create lasting learning experiences.  The research is using the tools and habits of thinking, rememberingnd learning.

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

The aim of this course is to provide information, discussion and sharing 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 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.

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.