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Fall: August 22

Professional Learning Series

 

 

COURSE OFFERINGS AND DESCRIPTIONS

Fall courses begin – August 27

 


FALL Courses

TEACHER AS LEADER (3 Credits)

Instructor: Kelly Moellers
The course will focus on the teacher as change agent, including leadership within schools, the school improvement process, teachers and school effectiveness, and classroom organization and management. Students will develop and expand Comprehensive School Improvement Plans to improve student learning outcomes. Other concepts to be covered are school and community relations, and standards for teaching and learning.

 

TOPICS COURSE: Trauma Sensitive Classroom (3 Credits)

Instructor: Christine Ferrie
Participants will explore the impact of trauma in the classroom and cultivate trauma-sensitive learning environments for students across content areas, grade-levels, and educational settings. Students will learn to apply this knowledge in teaching environments.

 

TECHNOLOGY FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING (3 CREDITS)

Instructors: Andrea Willenborg
This course will address incorporation of technology into instructional practice. Students will explore the use of technology in their classroom and begin to make shifts in lesson design and implementation of technology driven learning experiences to achieve higher levels of learning and engagement.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH SEMINAR (2 CREDITS)

Instructor: Tony Adams
Course Description: This is an advanced research course including reading and discussion of current research in the field of education.


SPRING Courses

INCLUSIONARY PRACTICES (3 Credits)

Instructor: Vicki Ries
The course will provide teachers and other school personnel the knowledge and skills for inclusive supports in school settings, thereby improving the academic and social skills of their students.

 

PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE LITERACY INSTRUCTION (3 CREDITS)

Instructor: To be announced
Course Description: This course focuses on the fundamental principles that inform research based literacy and reading instruction. It is designed to give educators an overview of the relationship of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Learners will develop research-based instructional strategies to successfully differentiate instruction to meet the needs within their diverse classrooms.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS (1 CREDIT)

Instructor: Tony Adams
Course Description: This course focuses on the transfer of learning from site-based professional development into the classroom with emphasis on the essential connection to continuous academic improvement of students. Participants will develop and implement a plan that achieves curricular and instructional change within the classroom.

 

HIGH SCHOOL Course (3 Credits)

Instructor: To be announced
More information coming soon.


SUMMER Courses

SUCCESS SKILLS FOR STUDENTS IN A CHANGING WORLD (3 Credits)

Instructor: Christine Ferrie
Course Description: Students will gain knowledge of the skills and attributes students need to develop for success. Participants will explore the impact of trauma in the classroom and cultivate trauma-sensitive learning environments for students across content areas, grade-levels, and educational settings. Students will learn to apply this knowledge in teaching environments.


WHY CHOOSE THE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING SERIES?

QUALITY
• Rigorous and relevant coursework designed to strengthen and build the skill set of educators.

• Qualified instructors dedicated to Catholic education.

• Opportunity to collaborate with educators from across the Archdiocese of Dubuque

CONVENIENT
• Courses are offered via a variety of online delivery methods designed with flexibility in mind.

• PLS courses make up almost half of the MAE program.

COST EFFECTIVE
• Because of the Archdiocesan benefit, your Master’s degree is half the normal cost.

• Every course taught by Archdiocesan faculty costs you $100 per credit hour. (Costs also include $10/credit Archdiocesan Course Fee)

• The Archdiocese offers a forgivable loan program and pays up to $100 per credit hour of the courses taught by Clarke faculty.

 

TESTIMONIALS

• I found it so valuable to spend time in this program. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss professional books, articles, and videos with others in education. I was encouraged to grow professionally, but always in an atmosphere that I extremely enjoyed.

• The instructors were amazing! They were always welcoming and always prepared. They made class fun and exciting!

•  This course was one of the most interesting classes I have ever taken. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.