Stride Professional Development Center Courses

All Stride PD Center courses are developed by subject matter experts and grounded in research-based practices.  Our course content is mapped to effective practices and standards within Stride’s Effective Teaching Dimensions and Leadership Excellence Framework as well as aligned to Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and The International Society for Technology in Education  (ISTE) learning competencies.  Our instructional design team has extensive teaching experience and partners with subject matter experts to transform all content into authentic and relevant course experiences.

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Instructional Practice

A Day In The Life Of An Online Teacher

Instructor: Joel Medley

Ever wonder what online teachers actually do all day? This video, mini-course will answer that question and provide you with strategies to enhance your craft as an online instructor. If you want...

School Culture, Student Support

A Holistic Approach to Prevent Bullying

Instructor: Joel Medley

This one-hour course moves through bullying with a lens on the victim, bully, and bystanders. Statistics are provided to show a school’s responsibility before shifting to a clear definition and signs to...

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Instructional Practice

AI for Educators: Introduction

Instructor: Amy Hollis

This course offers an overview of AI in life and then turns to considerations of the classroom.  First, the learner will see a brief history of AI while seeing its prevalence in our everyday lives.  Next,...

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Instructional Practice

AI for Educators: Practice

Instructor: Iman Alattar

After having spent time in the AI Theory course learning about the implications of this technology in the classroom, this course will bring you into the specifics of how to practically use...

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Instructional Practice

AI for Educators: Theory

Instructor: Iman Alattar

This course builds upon the foundation created by the first course in the series – “AI for Educators: Introduction.” Specifically, this course moves the learner through considerations of AI around cheating, plagiarism,...

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Leadership

AI for Leaders: Integration

Instructor: Joel Medley

Specifically for school leaders, this course offers ideas for change management regarding the use of artificial intelligence in schools.  Leaders will practice with a few AI tools and gain strategies to use with all...

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Leadership

Building Resiliency | Leadership

Instructor: Joel Medley

Before facing extreme circumstances (e.g., a pandemic) or routine changes (e.g., curriculum adoption), school leaders must take steps to build a resilient school culture. This course will help you recognize important habits...

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School Culture

Classroom Culture 1: Purpose

Instructor: Joel Medley

This first, of a four part series on classroom culture, looks at purpose. Your teaching philosophy is the foundation for a good classroom culture. This course will guide you through writing (or...

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School Culture

Classroom Culture 2: Passion

Instructor: Joel Medley

This second, of a four part series on classroom culture, looks at passion. Your passion and enthusiasm in the classroom is contagious. We will learn specific strategies for how to model passion...

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School Culture

Classroom Culture 3: Presence

Instructor: Joel Medley

This third, of a four part series on classroom culture, looks at presence. A teacher’s classroom presence is based upon their philosophy and passion. this course shows an instructional flow that will...

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School Culture

Classroom Culture 4: Positivity

Instructor: Joel Medley

This final, of a four-part series on classroom culture, looks at positivity. A positive classroom culture is a helpful and nurturing classroom culture. Five specific teacher strategies are shared that will bring...

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Instructional Practice

Classroom Edutainment

Instructor: Joel Medley

Do the facial expressions of your students indicate a disconnect with the lesson?  Have they said they are bored in class?  Well, one possible solution is the adoption of Edutainment strategies.  This...

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Instructional Practice

Classroom Management Strategies When Students are Offline

Instructor: Casey Rudzena

When students are engaged, they are learning. Learn how to extend your student’s learning with strategies to keep them engaged after they leave your classroom. This Promising Practices video and materials can...

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Student Support

Co-Teaching in the Educational Environment

Instructor: Jenny Kendall

Students are not taught individually but by teams. The most effective teams are those where each person is valued and the students are at the center of the learning experience. This course...

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Student Support

Continuum of Services in Education

Instructor: Jenny Kendall

The continuum of services includes educating students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. This course provides an overview of that continuum and encourages personal reflection. If you work in an online...

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Diversity & Inclusion

Culturally Responsive Instruction 1.1

Instructor: Niyoka McCoy

What is Culturally Response Instruction? No matter how you view cultural responsiveness now, it starts in your heart and mind. When you know where you stand, you can truly focus on your...

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Diversity & Inclusion

Culturally Responsive Instruction 1.2

Instructor: Niyoka McCoy

What is Culturally Response Instruction? After this course, you will walk away with ideas to improve your lessons and maximize the student cultures in your classroom. This course will guide educators on...

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Diversity & Inclusion

Culturally Responsive Instruction 1.3

Instructor: Niyoka McCoy

What is Culturally Response Instruction? This course reviews how teachers celebrate and respect students’ cultural and learning differences. Remember, you cannot grow students unless you know them. Instruction The focus here is...

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Diversity & Inclusion

Culturally Responsive Instruction 1.4

Instructor: Niyoka McCoy

What is Culturally Response Instruction? A more diverse curriculum in schools has been shown to increase student achievement, provide students with a more well-rounded educational experience, and help them better understand (and...

School Culture, Student Support

Cyberbullying

Instructor: Joel Medley

This half-hour course focuses only on this type of bullying as it is the fastest-growing bullying form. It clarifies the definition, explains reasons for cyberbullying, and looks at ways to help. At...

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Instructional Practice

Differentiation Basics for Every Classroom

Instructor: Meghan Seibert

Have you wondered why differentiation in the classroom is so important?  In this session, you will dive into the basics of differentiation and explore various strategies.  You will leave with examples of...

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Leadership

Effective Meetings

Instructor: Joel Medley

Gain strategies for leading effective meetings to improve your communication leading to better success and achievement.   Meetings are the rare times when your entire team is together. Learn how to leverage that...

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Instructional Practice

Empowering Students through Collaborative Problem Solving

Instructor: Katherine Safarik

This session focuses on students working collaboratively in classrooms so that they own their learning.  Using a problem-solving method makes the content come alive.  This is a Promising Practices session showcased just...

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Instructional Practice

Grading Calibration 1: Introduction

Instructor: Belinda Lindeburgh

This first of five courses in the Grading Calibration series will provide you with foundational knowledge about what calibration is, why it is important, and how it works. This course is specifically...

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Instructional Practice

Grading Calibration 2: Literary Analysis

Instructor: Belinda Lindeburgh

This second of five courses in the Grading Calibration series will provide you with an understanding of what calibration is as you practice scoring sample work. This course focuses on ELA teachers...

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Instructional Practice

Grading Calibration 3: Research Papers

Instructor: Belinda Lindeburgh

This third of five courses in the Grading Calibration series continues the application of your learning about grading calibration as you score actual papers. This course focuses on ELA teachers – particularly...

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Instructional Practice

Grading Calibration 4: Middle School

Instructor: Belinda Lindeburgh

This fourth of five courses in the Grading Calibration series continues the application of your learning about grading calibration as you score actual papers. This course focuses on ELA teachers – particularly...

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Instructional Practice

Grading Calibration 5: Conclusion

Instructor: Belinda Lindeburgh

This final course in the Grading Calibration series culminates the learning through a final exercise, comparison with expert opinions, and concluding thoughts. This course focuses on ELA teachers and is a great...

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Student Support

Guiding Your Students through Tallo

Instructor: Joel Medley

Tallo is a wonderful tool that matches your passions, talents, and interests with exciting education and career opportunities. Crystal Barkley and Jordan Barrera have collaborated to create a course that prepares you...

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Student Support

Having a Full Cup: Self-Care in Teaching

Instructor: Kory Taylor

When you make a list of people to take care of, where do you rank yourself? Research shows that teachers are the number one influence on a student’s performance in the classroom,...

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Diversity & Inclusion

Hip Hop for Change Interview: Khafre Jay

Instructor: Niyoka McCoy

Khafre Jay speaks straight from the heart and from experience on how educators can empower students to learn in creative ways that connect to their personal story. Hip Hop for Change, Inc....

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Instructional Practice

How to Facilitate Student Feedback

Instructor: Heather Lawrence

Peer feedback is a valuable tool that students can use to improve their work and gain a life-long skill of listening with others.  This skill must be intentionally taught to students and...

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Instructional Practice

How to Scaffold

Instructor: Joel Medley

Appropriate use of scaffolding to support student learning is a vital strategy in the classroom as it promotes a student’s individual, academic growth. This course provides a definition of Scaffolding, criteria analysis...

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Project Based Learning

PBL 1: Project Launch

Instructor: Sarah Perroy

Creating a dynamic project launch is one of the most important fundamentals to master because it starts everything in your PBL project!  A good start increases the likelihood of a strong finish....

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Project Based Learning

PBL 10: Presentation of Understanding

Instructor: Sarah Perroy

The projects wrap up as students offer presentations that demonstrate their understanding of the content. These presentations enable students to share their learning, assess their growth, and showcase their work. This often...

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Project Based Learning

PBL 11: Rubrics

Instructor: Sarah Perroy

The central core to Project Based Learning is rubrics – created in planning, shared at the beginning, referred to throughout, and used at the end. This course helps you encourage student buy-in...

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Project Based Learning

PBL 12: Reflection

Instructor: Sarah Perroy

If you want a successful project, then you must build in regular, authentic reflection opportunities. This ongoing reflection helps your students sharpen analytical skills, integrate new knowledge with previous knowledge, and develop...

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Project Based Learning

PBL 2: Collaboration

Instructor: Sarah Perroy

An integral part of Project Based Learning is collaboration. You will learn how to create a classroom culture that fosters collaboration, meaning that students are engaged with each other in highly productive...

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Project Based Learning

PBL 3: Scaffolding

Instructor: Sarah Perroy

Every student needs support to succeed and this becomes even more important in Project Based Learning. You will learn to use appropriate scaffolding to support students, help them think deeper, and create...

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Project Based Learning

PBL 4: Planning Tools

Instructor: Sarah Perroy

Project Based Learning is a structured methodology for students to learn together, and this format requires deep planning and multiple tools. Guiding your students in using planning tools is a great way...

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Project Based Learning

PBL 5: Benchmarks

Instructor: Sarah Perroy

Everyone wants to know the measures for which they will be compared. This fact is an even more important component in Project Based Learning. Improve your use of benchmarks within a project...

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Project Based Learning

PBL 6: Voice and Choice

Instructor: Sarah Perroy

When students are heard and given options, their commitment to learning increases significantly. Project Based Learning is a great tool for hearing, choosing, and learning. You can increase relevancy and authenticity by...

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Project Based Learning

PBL 7: Peer Feedback

Instructor: Sarah Perroy

Good feedback is essential for improvement; however, Project Based Learning incorporates peer feedback seamlessly. This course teaches you how to provide timely peer feedback opportunities within your projects so students can effectively...

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Project Based Learning

PBL 8: Partnerships

Instructor: Sarah Perroy

Relevance of content and learning beyond the classroom is a must for education to be effective and long-lasting. Project based learning helps create authentic partnerships between projects and professionals. When that happens,...

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Project Based Learning

PBL 9: Professional Skills

Instructor: Sarah Perroy

Project Based Learning is one of the best educational formats that directly teach professional skills. You will come to understand how to demonstrate and provide practice for non-subject matter competencies so that...

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Student Support

Proactive School Counseling within MTSS

Instructor: Erica Seybert

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is an overarching, system-wide framework typically composed of three tiers of prevention and intervention. School counselors who align their program with MTSS maximize their effectiveness and...

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Leadership

Problem of Practice

Instructor: Darren Reed

If you want to promote collaboration and problem-solving with your colleagues, then this course is for you.  The Problem of Practice consultancy protocol offers tools that can be learned and applied to...

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Leadership

Pursuing Collaborative Balance 1: Introduction

Instructor: Iman Alattar

The first in a multi-course series, this collaborative balance course focuses on creating a thriving, educational environment where everyone is valued and respected.  The learner will explore that five measures – input,...

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Leadership

Pursuing Collaborative Balance 2:  Communication

Instructor: Iman Alattar

The second in a multi-course series, this next collaborative balance course focuses on communication through transparency and collaboration while making decisions and building relationships.  The learner explores these topics through the five...

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Leadership

Pursuing Collaborative Balance 3:  Coaching

Instructor: Iman Alattar

The third in a multi-course series, this next collaborative balance course focuses on coaching.  The learner will understand the coaching cycle, explore a framework, and move through the individual phases of coaching...

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Leadership

Pursuing Collaborative Balance 4:  Observation

Instructor: Iman Alattar

The fourth in a multi-course series, this next collaborative balance course culminates prior content by direct application to the observation and feedback process.  The learner will understand scripting, scoring, and dialogue but...

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Pursuing Collaborative Balance 5:  Beyond Instruction

Instructor: Iman Alattar

The final course in this series moves beyond instruction of pursuing collaborative balance and takes the learner into direct implementation of the five measures.  Learners receive a brief refresher but then work...

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School Culture

Reframing an Existing School’s Culture

Instructor: Joel Medley

Do you think that your school culture could be stronger? If so, then this course is for you. Follow the story of an experienced school leader and a new assistant principal who...

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Remote Education: Engaging Students

Instructor: Olivia Odileke

On day one of the school year, your students will bring unique cultures and experiences into the classroom. Learn how to use your online classroom to create safe learning spaces, helping them...

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Remote Education: How to be a Successful Learner

Instructor: Olivia Odileke

For various reasons, teaching online either permanently or temporarily has become the latest necessary transition for our teachers; however, we need to also consider a student’s perspective. This course provides suggestions for...

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Instructional Practice

Remote Education: Key Practices, Tools, and Resources

Instructor: Olivia Odileke

Remote and hybrid learning are quickly becoming valuable teaching strategies for many teachers. Learn how to create an inclusive classroom that ensures that every learner has an opportunity to thrive and reach...

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Remote Education: Transitioning to Remote Learning

Instructor: Olivia Odileke

If you have been teaching for a while, you have likely had to transition to a new curriculum, age level, or subject area. For various reasons, teaching online either permanently or temporarily...

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Remote Education: Unpacking TPACK

Instructor: Olivia Odileke

With remote and hybrid learning becoming more prevalent, a framework for use is important. TPACK is a knowledge base that teachers can use to successfully implement this instructional practice. The course unpacks...

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Instructional Practice

Remote Education: Using Video and Digital Tools

Instructor: Olivia Odileke

When teaching online, you have a host of tools to help create a secure and safe online classroom environment. You will learn how to implement digital tools in ways that promote student...

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Student Support

School Counseling Overview

Instructor: Erica Seybert

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is an overarching, system-wide framework typically composed of three tiers of prevention and intervention. School counselors who align their program with MTSS maximize their effectiveness and...

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Leadership

School Needs Assessment

Instructor: Tabitha Sekuras

Continuous improvement in schools starts with planning based on a comprehensive needs assessment.  This course provides background to the process, offers exemplars to view, shares state forms, and gives you the chance...

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Instructional Practice

Science of Reading 1: Foundations

Instructor: Stride Reading Team

Reading is foundational for all content within schools, so this first course in a larger series introduces learners to the best practices of reading instruction.  These practices are aligned to the Science...

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Leadership

Stakeholder Communication

Instructor: Veronica Clemons

Each stakeholder performs a significant role in connecting with your school. But who are your stakeholders, and what influences do they have? Enroll in this course to help you uncover and support those who...

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Stakeholder Connection

Instructor: Veronica Clemons

Connecting stakeholders to the work of the local school is vital to student success. This course helps you identify your critical stakeholders and how they, directly or indirectly, influence areas of the...

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Stakeholder Language

Instructor: Veronica Clemons

When you communicate with confidence, stakeholders will fully understand the message you convey.  This course teaches you how to adjust your message to the audience that you intend to reach. Language “You...

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Instructional Practice

Stride Tutoring Training Guide

Instructor: Gila Tuchman

This course provides an overview of the dashboard, tutoring expectations, the online session tool, templates for use, and final thoughts on becoming a Stride Tutor.  If you are interested to learn more,...

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Targeted Instruction 101

Instructor: Kathy Kales

Targeted Instruction provides teachers an opportunity to scaffold instructional activities to encourage deeper learning. It is about intentionally sequencing rigor levels in a variety of ways to differentiate the instruction. This course...

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Targeted Instruction 102

Instructor: Kathy Kales

Teachers who use targeted instruction promote deeper learning through activities and assessments. This intentional sequencing of rigor results in differentiated instruction. This course examines the definition of instructional activities, the creation of...

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Instructional Practice

Teaching Online without PowerPoint

Instructor: Sarah Poole

Would you like to discover different ways to teach online without using PowerPoint? See how to use a document camera, screen share, and the whiteboard tool to teach elementary students as if...

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Trauma-Informed Classroom 1: Student Support

Instructor: Jacque Beavers

Can you clearly define trauma and what it looks like in school?  This course will help you understand its nuances, how the brain reacts, and specific responses you can offer to support...

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Trauma-Informed Classroom 2: Increase Awareness

Instructor: Jacque Beavers

A foundational belief of this course is that student behavior is communication and school personnel must ensure they hear what is being shared.  To help in that regard, the content is structured...

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Using Nearpod to Spark Student Learning with Quick Inquiry

Instructor: Olivia Odileke

This session will demonstrate how to customize Nearpod ready-made lessons to help offer students choice during your small group times. With a focus on inquiry-based tasks, teachers leverage a student’s natural curiosity...

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Leadership

Vision for Leaders

Instructor: Joel Medley

Have you created and implemented a vision that will solidify your organization’s impact? Learn how to identify and create a well-crafted vision that will help you guide your organization into a future...

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Your Reading Teacher Philosophy

Instructor: Brittany Churchill

The idea that reading is fundamental cannot be debated. It is a bedrock concept of education. This course aims to inspire educators on their journey to improve their support of students who...

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Targeted Instruction 102

Instructor: Kathy Kales

Teachers who use targeted instruction promote deeper learning through activities and assessments. This intentional sequencing of rigor results in differentiated instruction. This course examines the definition of instructional activities, the creation of...

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Trauma-Informed Classroom 1: Student Support

Instructor: Jacque Beavers

Can you clearly define trauma and what it looks like in school?  This course will help you understand its nuances, how the brain reacts, and specific responses you can offer to support...

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School Needs Assessment

Instructor: Tabitha Sekuras

Continuous improvement in schools starts with planning based on a comprehensive needs assessment.  This course provides background to the process, offers exemplars to view, shares state forms, and gives you the chance...

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AI for Educators: Practice

Instructor: Iman Alattar

After having spent time in the AI Theory course learning about the implications of this technology in the classroom, this course will bring you into the specifics of how to practically use...

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How to Facilitate Student Feedback

Instructor: Heather Lawrence

Peer feedback is a valuable tool that students can use to improve their work and gain a life-long skill of listening with others.  This skill must be intentionally taught to students and...

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Pursuing Collaborative Balance 5:  Beyond Instruction

Instructor: Iman Alattar

The final course in this series moves beyond instruction of pursuing collaborative balance and takes the learner into direct implementation of the five measures.  Learners receive a brief refresher but then work...