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Professional Development Summer 2014

 Graduate Education
Professional Development Center


Summer 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: $240 per credit; $720 per course
Dates: Dates as indicated
Times: All classes will be held from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, 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
 
EDU 585 Section D5:  Alternative Assessments:  There Is More Than a Paper and Pencil Test (AT CAPACITY)
Instructor: Bill Stone, ESL Teacher, Wyoming Valley West School District
Saturday, May 10, 2014 
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Online/Embedded study component integrated

This course will examine a variety of alternative assessments that can be used for all students, regardless of age or grade level.  In addition, diversity and gender issues in assessment practices, student self-assessment, the use of scoring rubrics, appealing to different learning personalities when assessing students, and informal assessment strategies for teachers will be discussed in detail.
 
   
EDU 585 Section D8:  Common Core:  Text-Dependent Questions and Close Reads
Instructor: Joan Solano, Greater Nanticoke Area School District Reading Specialist
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Embedded study/Independent research activity integrated
 
The Common Core standards for reading strongly focus on students gathering evidence, knowledge, and insight from what they read.  Eighty to ninety percent of Reading Standards in each grade REQUIRE text dependent analysis. This course will focus on what a close read is and why it is necessary to explicitly teach students how to do a close read.
 
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DA:  An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction in Reading
Instructor: Caitlin Cooper, Reading Specialist/Title I Reading Teacher, Dallas School District
Full Semester:  May 19 - August 8, 2014
Online (Day & Time for Orientation Meeting TBD)
             
This introductory course will examine the basic theory behind differentiated instruction.  Participants will learn how to differentiate reading instruction for students of all ability and age levels.  This is an online course, so participants will engage via Blackboard, an interactive online learning forum.
 
 
EDU 585 Section DT:  Special Education Issues and Law:  An Exploration of Realistic Classroom Practices and What the Law Really Says (Formerly entitled "Special Education Law")
Instructor: Tom Duffy, Dallas Middle School Principal
Full Semester:  May 19 - August 8, 2014
Online (Day and Time for Orientation Meeting TBD)
 
This course will focus on legal issues affecting special education programs and stakeholders.  An overview of the legal system as it relates to education will be provided.  Federal special education laws, major special education court cases, and specific applications to administrators, teachers, and students will be examined.  Special emphasis will be placed on the regular education teachers responsibilities regarding identified students.
 
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DB:   Connecting Student Career Goals with Core Subjects:  Part 2:  English
Instructor: Thomas Pieczynski Jr., West Side Career and Technology Center
Location:  Wyoming Valley West Middle School
Term A:  May 27 - June 23, 2014
Monday,  6:00 – 8:30 pm
Online/Embedded study component integrated
 
This course is designed for master level teachers K-12.  It is meant to support continuing education for teachers who are interested in learning how to incorporate real world English 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.  It builds on the original course but concentrates on a particular subject area.  The 8 parts of speech will serve as topics for class work.
 
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DC:   Dealing with Mental Issues in the Classroom:  Understanding the Child's Needs
Instructor:  Kristen Roppelt, School Psychologist, Wyoming Valley West School District
Term A:  May 27 - June 23, 2014
Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Online/Embedded study component integrated
   
This course is designed to help educators recognize the warning signs of mental illness in children.  It will help the participant develop an understanding of the definitions and diagnostic criteria, and etiology of common psychiatric disorders in children.  The course will review current changes to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition.  An exploration of strategies that can be used in the classroom to help improve academic, social and emotional success will be conducted.  Ways to improve communication and support families with mental health needs will also be explored.
 
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DH:   Exploring Goggle Apps for the Classroom
Instructor: Daniel Nestorick, Social Studies Teacher at Dallas High School
Term A:  May 27 - June 23, 2014
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

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 summer 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 DJ:   School Finance and the Collective Bargaining Process
Instructor: Chuck Suppon, Superintendent, Wyoming Valley West School District
Term A:
May 27 - June 23, 2014
Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Online/Embedded study component integrated                
             
This course will explore the history of funding for public education.  From Act 50 to Act 72 through Act 1, an analysis of legislature as it pertains to funding will be discussed.  Millage and the property tax will be a topic of primary focus.  Discussions of income tax, sales tax, and various nuisance taxes will be explored as possible solutions for supplementing funding alternatives.  The collective bargaining process and agreements will be studied closely as it impacts funding.
 
 
EDU 585 Section DP:  Creating a Brain Compatible Classroom (AT CAPACITY)
Instructor: Bill Stone, ESL Teacher, Wyoming Valley West School District
Saturday, May, 31, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Online/Embedded study component integrated
             
This course will explore the ways brains work with regard to learning.  We all know people learn differently, but how are these different learning styles controlled in the brain?  Why can some people learn a foreign language easier than others?  The answers to these questions lie in the brain and how it functions.  We will study the way a brain gathers and stores information and how this relates to what people learn.  Participants will discuss various current brain research done in relation to school age children and how they learn.  Practical applications of this research with activities and ideas will be presented to help educators create their own brain compatible classrooms.
 
 
EDU 585 Section D6:  Alternative Assessments:  There Is More Than a Paper and Pencil Test (SECOND SECTION) (AT CAPACITY)
Instructor: Bill Stone, ESL Teacher, Wyoming Valley West School District
Sunday, June, 1, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Online/Embedded study component integrated
             
This course will examine a variety of alternative assessments that can be used for all students, regardless of age or grade level.  In addition, diversity and gender issues in assessment practices, student self-assessment, the use of scoring rubrics, appealing to different learning personalities when assessing students, and informal assessment strategies for teachers will be discussed in detail.
 
 
EDU 585 Section D9:  Classroom Teachers and the Special Education Process:  What Every Educator Needs To Know - Part II
Instructor: Kristen Roppelt, School Psychologist, Wyoming Valley West School District
Saturday, June, 7, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
8:00 am - Noon:  Classroom instruction
1:00 - 5:00 pm:  Online/Embedded study
             
This second of a two part course, Classroom Teachers and the Special Education Process Part 2 is designed to reinforce procedures involved in the identification process, including pre-referral through placement of students with special needs.  This course will allow for extended discussion of the disability categories to help familiarize participants with various student needs.  Presentation on the collection of appropriate data and accurate completion of forms will also be reviewed.
 
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DE:  Putting Down the Number 2 Pencil:  Using Performance-based Assessments in the Classroom
Instructor: Tom Duffy, Dallas Middle School Principal
Monday, June 16, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
8:00 am - Noon:  Classroom instruction
1:00 - 5:00 pm:  Online/Embedded study
             
In an era of unprecedented mandated standardized tests, too often authentic, hands-on performance-based assessments have been cast aside.  This course will re-focus our attention on reasons for using project bases assessments, overview model assessments, and result in teachers enhancing and creating performance-based tasks for their own classrooms.  Assessments don't need to require the use of a number 2 pencil!  This refreshing look at assessments will be a discussion, collaborative sharing, and application-workshop style class for all educators.
 
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DF:  Everything You Want to Know but Were Afraid to Ask about Special Education Birth through Age 5
Instructor: Lisa Krzywicki, Early Intervention Service Coordinator, Hazleton Area  School District
Tuesday, June, 24, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
8:00 am - Noon:  Classroom instruction
1:00 - 5:00 pm:  Online/Embedded study
             
Have all your questions regarding Special Education answered.  Using Chapter 4226 Early Intervention Services as a framework, examine the purpose, eligibility requirements, terminology, and assessment tools used to identify special needs students.  We will look at ways to adapt curriculum in developmentally appropriate ways, and will discuss how teachers and parents can work together as a team to develop IFSP's or IEP's.
 
 
EDU 585 Section DD:  ELA Common Core Foundations (Formerly entitled "Overview of the Common Core")
Instructor: Joan Solano, Greater Nanticoke Area School District Reading Specialist
Monday, July 7, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
8:00 am - Noon:  Classroom instruction
1:00 - 5:00 pm:  Online/Embedded study
 
This course will unpack and provide a better understanding of the common core.  Where did the common core standards come from?  How do the standards affect us as teachers?  How are they tied into teacher evaluation?  The course will also consider the shifts that are occurring in instructional practices.
 
 
EDU 585 Section D7:  Legal Issues and the Classroom Teacher - Part I
Instructor: Chuck Suppon, Superintendent, Wyoming Valley West School District
Term B:  July 7 - August 1, 2014
Wednesday,  6:00 - 8:30 pm
Online/Embedded study component integrated
             
This course examines some of the most common legal issues today's teachers face.  Topics to be included are IEPs, the special education process, safety issues, mandated reporter status, and teachers' rights and responsibilities.  The class focuses on examples and discussion of everyday practical matters.
 
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DG:  Elementary Math Methods (Common Core)
Instructor: Nicole Valkenburg, Fourth Grade Teacher at Wycallis Elementary, Dallas School District
Term B:  July 7 - August 1, 2014
Monday, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Online/Embedded study component integrated
             
The purpose of this course will be for elementary teachers (K-5) to understand and analyze the new Common Core Standards in Mathematics and math ideas across the grade levels, to develop strategies for teaching the Common Core Standards in Mathematics to their students, and to differentiate instruction based on students' needs using informal assessments.  This course will focus on the new Pennsylvania Common Core Standards and Assessment Anchors in Mathematics in grades K-5.  Participants will create informal assessments based on the Common Core to differentiate their Mathematics instruction, so that remediation and enrichment can be provided to all students who demonstrate need.
 
 
NEW COURSE!
EDU 585 Section DI:  Connecting Student Career Goals with PA Core Subjects: Part 3:  Science
Instructor: Thomas Pieczynski, Jr., West Side Career and Technology Center
Location:  Wyoming Valley West School District, Middle School
Term B:  Thursdays starting the week of July 7 - August 1, 2014
Thursday, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm (with Skype/Blackboard option)
             
This course is designed for master level teachers K-12.  It is meant to support continuing education for teachers who are interested in learning how to incorporate real world science 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.  It builds on the original course but concentrates on a particular subject area.  Please note this is a standalone course that does not require participation in any of the previous classes.
 
  Graduate Education Professional Development Center

www.misericordia.edu/EdPDCenter

 
 
To register, please contact David Pasquini at 570- 674-1220 or email dpasquin@misericordia.edu