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Professional Development Spring 2014

 

Graduate Education

Professional Development Center

Spring 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, but who is not necessarily seeking a master’s degree. 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. 
Registration: To register, please contact David Pasquini
                         at  674-1220 or email:
                          dpasquin@misericordia.edu.
 
Website:         www.Misericordia.edu/EdPDCenter
 
 
 
EDU 585 Section DI  - School Safety and Intervention
Instructor: Frank Galicki, Superintendent, Dallas School District
Location:  Wyoming Valley West School District

Full Semester:  January 22 - May 2, 2014 - (Meets every other week)
Wednesday - 6:00 - 8:30 PM

 

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.

 

NEW COURSE!


EDU
585 Section DD - Tough Kid Toolbox: Practical Strategies for Classroom Teachers

Part 2 - Expanding the Toolbox
Instructor: Kristen Roppelt, School Psychologist, Wyoming Valley West School District
Term A: - January 13 - February 27, 2014 - Courses are blended format
Monday – 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Wednesday - online/embedded study
  
This course will further explore the management of students who demonstrate significant behavioral issues in the classroom.  Focus will be on social skills, self-management, essential data collection and assessment, proactive strategies, and positive behavior support interventions that can be used in the classroom setting.
 

NEW COURSE! 

EDU 585 Section DA -  Connecting Student Career Goals with PA Core Standards Subjects
Instructor: Thomas Pieczynski, Jr., West Side Career and Technology Center
Location: Wyoming Valley West School District, Middle School
Term A: - January 13 - February 27, 2014 - Courses are blended format
Monday – 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Wednesday - online/embedded study
 
 
This course is designed to support continuing education for teachers who are interested in learning how 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.
 

NEW COURSE!

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
Term A:  January 13 - February 27, 2014 - Courses are blended format
Tuesday - 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Thursday - online/embedded study
 
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 DT -   Special Education Law
Instructor:  Thomas Duffy, Dallas Middle School Principal
Term A: - January 13 - February 27, 2014 - Courses are blended format
Monday – online/embedded study
Wednesday - 5:00 - 7:30 PM
 
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.

EDU 585 Section DR - Understanding Text Complexity
Instructor:  Joan Solano, Greater Nanticoke Area School District Reading Specialist
Term A:  January 13 – February 27, 2014 - Courses are blended format
Tuesday - 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Thursday - online/embedded study

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. 

 
EDU  585 Section D7 -  Legal Issues and the Classroom Teacher - Part I
Instructor:  Chuck Suppon, Superintendent, Wyoming Valley West School District
Term A:  January 13 - February 27, 2014 - Courses are blended format
Monday - embedded study/research projects
Wednesday - 6:00- 8:30 PM

 
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.
 
EDU 585 Section D6 - Overview of the Common Core
Instructor: Joan Solano, Greater Nanticoke Area School District Reading Specialist
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
 
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.
 

NEW COURSE!

EDU 585 Section DC - SIOP - Say What?
Instructor:  Bill Stone, ESL Teacher, Wyoming Valley West School District

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014

SIOP stands for Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol.  It is a model that was developed to assist the nation's population of diverse students, including those at risk of educational failure, to achieve academic success.  Come and learn how SIOP works in the regular classroom with ALL students, including those with IEPs, ESL students, as well as any students who need accommodations.  You will get to view actual SIOP lessons being taught by real teachers to real students.  Plus you will leave class with many great and easy activities that can help your students from K through 12 to be successful.

 
  
 
EDU 585 Section D4 -   Understanding Learning Disabilities in Reading & Written Expressions
Instructor: Kristen Roppelt, School Psychologist, Wyoming Valley West School District
Term B:  March 10 - May 2, 2014 - Courses are blended format
Monday – 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Wednesday - online/embedded study
 
This course is designed for regular and special educators, counselors and/or school social workers.  The objective of this course is to familiarize the participants with related research and current issues on the topic.  The neuropsychological issues underlying reading and written language disorders will be addressed.  The identification, characteristics and intervention for both reading and written language disorders will be presented throughout the course.  Information obtained through this course is beneficial to the educator in working with both disabled and non-disabled peers.
 

NEW COURSE!

EDU 585 Section D8 - Common Core:  Text-Dependent Questions and Close Reads

Instructor:  Joan Solano, Greater Nanticoke Area School District Reading Specialist

Term B: March 10 – May 2, 2014 - Courses are blended format

Tuesday – 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Thursday - online/embedded study

  
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.
  
EDU 585 Section D3 -  Current Academic Issues in the Classroom – Part I
Instructor: Chuck Suppon, Superintendent, Wyoming Valley West School District
Term B:  March 10 – May 2, 2014 - Courses are blended format
Monday – embedded study/ research/projects

Wednesday - 6:00 – 8:30 PM
 
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 DE - Using Media to Align to PA (Common)  Core

Instructor: Collen Duffy, Misericordia University Adjunct Professor

Term B:  March 10 - May 2, 2014 - Courses are blended format

Tuesday - online/embedded study
Thursday - 6:00 - 8:30 PM
 

This course will allow students to understand the implications of moving from a PA Academic Standards aligned curriculum to a PA (Common) Core aligned curriculum.  Students will learn how to integrate media and web 2.0 tools into instruction in order to create engaging and rigorous learning experiences to ensure that their instruction is aligned to the revised curriculum.

NEW COURSE!

EDU 585 Section DG - Connecting Student Career Goals with PA Core Standards Subjects:  Math Concentration

* Please note:  Completion of  EDU 585 DA is not required to enroll for class
Instructor: Thomas Pieczynski, Jr.,  West Side Career and Technology Center

Term B:  March 10 - May 2, 2014

Location:  Wyoming Valley West School District, Middle School
Monday - 6:00 - 8:30 PM
plus online/embedded study

This course is designed to support continuing education for teachers who are interested in learning how to incorporate real world mathematical 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.  The course will build on the initial course offering "Connecting Student Career Goals with PA Core Standards Subjects" by offering students a chance to concentrate on one core subject area. 

EDU 585 Section DM - A Framework for Teaching & Learning:  The NEW Teacher Evaluation Tool
Instructor:  Thomas Duffy, Dallas Middle School Principal

Term B:  March 10 - May 2, 2014 - Courses are blended format

Monday- embedded study/research projects
Wednesday - 5:00 - 7:30 PM
 

This workshop style course will allow teachers to reflect upon instructional practices and consider a framework for teaching and learning related to improved instruction.  Building from participants own instructional practices, teachers will consider, evaluate, and refine current practices and create new learning experiences for students.  Emphasis will be placed on Danielson's enhancements for effective practice and Fullan's work related to impacting student achievement.  Teachers will apply models to their own preprograms and course work will result in materials for use in their classrooms.


EDU 585 Section D1 - Classroom Teachers and the Special Education Process:  What Every Educator Needs to Know - Part I
Instructor: Kristen Roppelt, School Psychologist, Wyoming Valley West School District


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014


8:00 AM - Noon:  Classroom Instruction
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - embedded study/research activity

This course provides an overview of the knowledge, skills, and interventions important in instructing students with special needs in the regular education environment.  It introduces and reinforces procedures involved in the identification process, including pre-referral through placement, and discusses various disabilities categories and practical intervention strategies for working with students with academic/cognitive needs and emotional/behavioral needs.  This course is designed to benefit regular education teachers and any individual involved in the instruction of students with special needs.

 


 
Graduate Education Professional Development Center
 
 
 
 
 
To register, please contact David Pasquini at 674-1220 or email dpasquin@misericordia.edu.