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Professional Development Fall 2014

 

Graduate Education

Professional Development Center

Fall 2014 Schedule

 
Misericordia University’s Teacher Education Department/Graduate Education Programs include a professional development opportunity for the educator interested in professional growth and Act 48 credits. A student enrolled in these courses will receive three (3) graduate credits (not transferable toward a master’s degree) and Act 48 credits. All courses are taught by well-qualified instructors who have expertise and experience in the areas they teach.
 
Tuition: $250 per credit, $750 per course
Dates: Dates as indicated
Times: All classes will be held from 8:00am - 5:00pm unless otherwise indicated.
             Courses are offered in a blended format
 
Registration:   To register, please contact  David Pasquini at 570-674-1220 or email dpasquin@misericordia.edu.
 
Website: www.Misericordia.edu/EdPDCenter
 
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DA - Effective Communication with Parents
Instructor:  Tom Duffy, Dallas Middle School Principal
Term A:  August 25 - October 13, 2014
Monday - 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Online/Embedded study component integrated
 
This course will focus on addressing the numerous, unique concerns brought about by parents as well as proactive communication with these stakeholders.  Strategies useful in deescalating situations, methods of focusing communication, and structuring interactions with parents will be emphasized.  This hands-on, discussion and collaboration based class will utilize role play and analysis to apply communication and strategies for all educators to employ when communicating with parents.
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DG - Connecting Students Career Goals with Core Subjects:  Business, Computers, and Information Technology
Instructor:  Thomas Pieczynski Jr.,  West Side Career and Technology Center
Location:  Wyoming Valley West School District, Middle School
Term A:  September 2 - October 13, 2014 "First Meeting Date:  Tuesday, Sept.2; will meet Monday evenings for all subsequent meeting dates."
Monday – 6:00 - 8:30 pm (with Skype/Blackboard option)
 
This course is designed for master level teachers K-12 (Special Ed and Regular Ed teachers).  It is meant to show how regular and special education teachers can meet ID students individualized education plans and continue to offer all students the same opportunity to incorporate real world skills in the courses they teach in order for their students to learn how to practically apply these skills in their future professions and/or everyday life.  This class will cover every subject across the core standards.
 
 
NEW COURSE! Second Section
EDU 585 Section DM - Connecting Students Career Goals with Core Subjects:  Business, Computers, and Information Technology
Instructor:  Thomas Pieczynski Jr.,  West Side Career and Technology Center
Location:  Wyoming Valley West School District, Middle School
Term A:  September 2 - October 13, 2014 "First Meeting Date:  Tuesday, Sept.2; will meet Monday evenings for all subsequent meeting dates."
Monday – 6:00 - 8:30 pm (with Skype/Blackboard option)
 
This course is designed for master level teachers K-12 (Special Ed and Regular Ed teachers).  It is meant to show how regular and special education teachers can meet ID students individualized education plans and continue to offer all students the same opportunity to incorporate real world skills in the courses they teach in order for their students to learn how to practically apply these skills in their future professions and/or everyday life.  This class will cover every subject across the core standards.
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DJ - Respect:  Understanding How Changing Times Affects Issues of Respect in the Schools
Instructor: Kristen Roppelt, School Psychologist, Wyoming Valley West School District
Term A:  August 25 - October 13, 2014
Tuesday - 6:00 - 8:30 pm
 Online/Embedded study component integrated
 
Educators face many challenges in the classroom today, with one of the greatest challenges being the issue of respect between students and educators.  This course will explore how the changing cultural values, social media, student's communication with each other and the world around them, and positive and negative examples set forth by famous people, sports figures and government impacts students concept of respect, in both giving and receiving.  Participants will explore the importance of having students co-exist and learn from multi-cultural groups.  It will further examine if the meaning of right and wrong has changed between our students and educators today.  This class will explore the importance of student's developing pride in their goals and objectives.  Participants will learn to analyze the impact of the use of language, technology, and other social issues and in relation to respect in our schools.  The course will help educators understand the challenges students face due to ever-changing difficult times in order to foster success in the classroom and improve educator-student relationships.
 
EDU 585 Section DB - Best Practices in Literacy Instruction - Part I
Instructors: Dr. Patricia Burns & Dr. Patricia Karlonis , Wyoming Valley West School District
Location:  Wyoming Valley West School District, Middle School
Term A:  August 25 - October 13, 2014
Thursday - 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Online/Embedded study component integrated

 
This course offers current evidence-based information about literacy instruction in the elementary grades.  Highly effective strategies and practical approaches to help students succeed will be addressed.
 
EDU 585 Section DI - School Safety and Intervention
Instructor:  Frank Galicki, Superintendent, Dallas School District
Location:  Wyoming Valley West School District, Middle School
Full Semester:  August 25 - December 5,  2014
Wednesday - 6:00 - 8:30 pm (Meets every other week beginning the 2nd week of the semester - September 3rd)

Every school across the nation strives to present a safe and secure environment.  This course will enable the attendee to identify problems that threaten their school security, set objectives to alleviate the problems, and help students write a plan for implementing a crises response/emergency operation handbook.
 
EDU 585 Section DF -  Best Practices and Research for Teaching Comprehension
Instructor: Joan Solano, Greater Nanticoke Area School District Reading Specialist
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
 
This course will focus on research based best practices for the teaching of reading comprehension.  Instruction will include specific strategies to use during the reading process in fiction text.  This course will emphasize the concepts of metacognition, the language of thinking, and the power of meaning through explicit strategy instruction.  This course will reflect changes of the common core.
 
EDU 585 Section DC -  Multimedia in the School Curriculum
Instructor: Bill Stone, ESL Teacher, Wyoming Valley West School District
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
 
Do you get tired of students asking, "Can we watch a movie?"  Well, now you can answer, "Yes, we can!"  This course will explore the academic value of using multimedia in the classroom.  Examples will be shown that can apply television, movies, and other forms of media in most academic subjects from K through 12.  Join us for a course of viewing and learning.
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU  585 Section DK - Connecting Students Career Goals with Core Subjects:  Sales, Marketing, and Distributive Education
Instructor: Thomas Pieczynski Jr., West Side Career and Technology Center
Location:  Wyoming Valley West School District, Middle School
Term B:  October 20 - December 5, 2014
Monday – 6:00 - 8:30 pm (with Skype/Blackboard option)

The Common Core State Standards creates high expectations for student success by outlining the set of skills that students need to master at each grade level.  At the end of the day, students are supposed to be equipped with critical thinking, problem solving and other career-oriented skills for college and the modern work force.  The implementation of the standards is having a big impact on students with disabilities.  This course is designed for master level teachers K-12 (Special Ed and Regular Ed teachers) to learn how both teachers facing this challenge in the classroom can adjust their daily lesson plans to satisfy common core requirements.
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DD - Addressing Issues of Violence in Society and Schools
Instructor: Kristin Roppelt, School Psychologist, Wyoming Valley West School District
Term B: October 20 – December 5, 2014
Tuesday – 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Online/Embedded study component integrated
 
This course will evaluate the prevalence of violence in our society and schools and the impact it has on educators and students in the classroom.  Participants will review different types of violence and how it impacts a safe learning environment.  The course will provide information on how to gain a better understanding of these issues in order to detect potential violence, and communicate effectively with students, parents and necessary support personnel.  An exploration of the impact of media, movies, and video games will occur.  This importance of peer mediation and conflict resolution will be explained and a means in which to reduce the likelihood of violent behaviors occurring.
  
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DE -  Strategies for Teaching Rigorous Close Reads
Instructor: Joan Solano, Greater Nanticoke Area School District Reading Specialist
Term B:  October 20 - December 5, 2014
Tuesday - 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Online/Embedded study component integrated

The college and career readiness standards require teachers to increase the level of rigor in the classroom for all students.  This course will focus on classroom practices of close reads and strategies aligned to a higher level of cognitive demand.  Webb's depth of knowledge will be addressed as one way to determine cognitive complexity as well as other literacy strategies that develop engagement and rigor with the text.
 
EDU 585 Section D3 - Current Academic Issues in the Classroom - Part I
Instructor:  Chuck Suppon, Superintendent, Wyoming Valley West School District
Term B:  October 20 - December 5, 2014
Wednesday - 6:00 - 8:30 pm
O
nline/Embedded study component integrated
 
Current issues affecting classroom teachers will be reviewed and analyzed.  Topics included are opportunities presented by diversity, teacher empowerment, value added pupil performance, and the effects of high stakes assessment.
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DL - Best Practices in Literacy Instruction - Part II
Instructors:  Dr. Patricia Burns & Dr. Patricia Karlonis, Wyoming Valley West School District
Location:  Wyoming Valley West School District, Middle School
Term B:  October 20 - December 5, 2014
Thursday - 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Online/Embedded study component integrated
 
This course, for elementary teachers, will offer evidence-based information for vocabulary and comprehension instruction.  Highly effective strategies and practical instructional approaches to help students succeed will be addressed.
 
EDU 585 Section DH - Exploring Google Apps for the Classroom
Instructor:  Daniel Nestorick, Social Studies Teacher at Dallas High School
Term B:  October 20 - December 5, 2014
Thursday - 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Online/Embedded study component integrated
 
Learn about and experiment with the many facets of Google Apps and their uses in the 21st century classroom.  Good for all levels of technology experience.  The fall offering will meet 100% face-to-face, which is ideal for the technology-challenged or timid.  An overview of Web 2.0 tools and their effects on education will give participants a basis for the uses of Google Apps in their classroom.  Attention will focus on the creation of activities for the classroom that align with state and common core standards.  The workshop will culminate with participants developing a lesson plan or unit to be used in their classes.
 

EDU 585 Section DR - Understanding Text Complexity

Instructor:  Joan Solano, Greater Nanticoke Area School District Reading Specialist
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
 
This course will examine the three dimensions of text complexity and what they mean for the practice of teachers.  Through demonstration model lessons, the course will consider what implementation would look like in the classroom across fiction and nonfiction, as well as recommended text exemplars of the common core.
 
Graduate Education Professional Development Center
www.misericordia.edu/EdPDCenter
 
To register, please contact David Pasquini at 570-674-1220 or email dpasquin@misericordia.edu.