Summer 2009 Workshops for Teachers

Posted on 3/16/2009 1:18:30 PM

The Professional Studies in Education Department offers the following workshops for Summer 2009.

It’s a great opportunity for teachers to finish their five-year requirements in just two weeks. More features of these workshops are: to network with other teachers from the area, to earn Act 48 Credit, and to enjoy small class sizes, special topics, and a relaxed setting.

Differentiating Instruction: Theory into Practice

Date: June 8–12, 2009      Time: 9:00–5:00
Taught by: Jennifer Rotigel and Franny McAleer
Open to: Graduate
Course Number: FDED 581.001

Students differ in their readiness to learn, interests, and learning profiles.  In this course we will look at differentiating the content, process, product, and learning environment based on these differences.  We will study the principles and strategies used in differentiated classrooms to promote active learning and students as decision makers and problem solvers.  You will develop instructional strategies to use in your classroom that are based on these seven key factors, making learning fun and meaningful.

Developing Linguistic Awareness and English Usage with English Language Learners

Date: June 8–12, 2009      Time: 8:30–5:00
Taught By: Sue Rieg
Open to: Undergraduate and Graduate
Course Number: EDUC 481/581.002

Students in this workshop will gain an understanding of the process of first and second language acquisition. Strategies will be provided for teachers to assist English language Learners during their stages of language acquisition and to assist these learners with literacy development. The students will investigate the structure of English language/grammar and pronunciation, including lexical, morphological, syntax, and phonological components. Methods for assisting English language learners with verbal and nonverbal communication will also be provided.

The Wildly Exciting Education Conference: Connecting Instruction and the Learner

Date: June 15–19, 2009      Time: 9:00–5:00
Taught by: Mark Twiest and Franny McAleer
Open to: Undergraduate and Graduate
Course Number:  EDUC 481/581.001

This workshop will focus on the practical application of learning theory in the elementary classroom. Theorists examined include Bloom, DeBono, Sternberg, Pink, Gardner, and Georgic. The practical application of these learning theories in developing exciting instructional strategies for the classroom will be the focus of this workshop. Come join us for an entertaining, interactive, and exciting approach to transform your classroom into a more constructivist environment.

Science in the Outdoors: Meeting the Standards

Date: June 15–19, 2009      Time: 8:00–3:00
Taught By: Dr. Meghan Twiest
Open to: Graduate
Course Number: EDUC 581.005

This workshop is designed especially for in service elementary educators who want to learn more about the state science standards and testing that has just began. The emphasis of this workshop is to provide teachers the resources and knowledge necessary to implement a science education program that meets both the science and technology standards and the environment and ecology standards. We will accomplish this by engaging in activities both in and out of the classroom that teachers can implement immediately in their own classrooms.

Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

Date: June 15–18, 2009      Time: 8:00–5:30
Taught By: George Bieger
Open to: Undergraduate and Graduate
Course Number: EDUC 481/581.003

This course is intended for teachers working with English language learners in regular classrooms. The primary course goal is to enhance educators’ knowledge of culture and diversity, based on research on effective classroom practices. Additional goals are to enhance educators’ content knowledge in the respective areas of each educator’s certification, to improve educators’ teaching skills, and to empower educators to work effectively with school personnel, parents, and community partners in improving instruction for English language learners.

Focus on Fluency

Date: June 15–19, 22–25, 2009      Time: 1:00–5:10
Taught By: Anne D. Creany
Open to: Undergraduate and Graduate
Course Number: EDUC 481/581.006

Fluency is strongly correlated with effective reading.  This workshop will examine theories related to fluency, research about fluency, and practices that promote reading fluency.  Participants will develop materials and strategies to promote oral reading fluency within their classrooms.  Strategies will include instruction to increase word recognition and reading rate and rereading strategies, such as storytelling, readers theater, and choral reading.

Children and Pets: Teaching Compassion while Meeting  Academic Standards

Date: July 27–31, 2009      Time: 8:00–3:00
Taught By: Mary Renck Jalongo
Location: Monroeville
Open to: Undergraduate and Graduate
Course Number: ELED 481/581.502

Children’s natural interest in and affinity for animals are ways for educators to teach kindness and compassion, support academic achievement, and promote service learning.  Preservice and in-service teachers enrolled in this class will:

  1. understand the powerful influence that companion animals exert on children’s development
  2. examine a wide array of children’s books and other curriculum resources about animals
  3. plan and assess humane education activities suitable for diverse groups of students
  4. interact with community leaders who have established exemplary programs.

The instructor has published extensively on this topic and works with several organizations committed to the protection of children and animals.

To register for any of these workshops, please visit URSA.

Information about Act 48

For more information about the above workshops, please contact Dr. Meghan Twiest: 724-357-2404.