A Cognitive Approach to Understanding Poverty
This course will provide participants with an opportunity to explore how poverty affects behavior and academic performance in students. Participants will be engaged in ensuring a positive school environment that embodies respect and inclusivity. P...
Being the Change
This course is a book study of Sara K. Ahmed’s Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension. Participants will collaboratively discuss the tools provided, engage in lessons as adult learners, and reflect on what these thi...
Dive Into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice
In this online course, students will participate in a book study of Dive Into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice by Trevor Mackenzie. “Want to make learning more meaningful in your classroom? Looking to better prepare your student...
Introduction to Restorative Practices in Education
Restorative Practices (RP) has become a buzzword in education, but what exactly does this mean? RP is an alternative to punitive approaches like suspensions, expulsions, and excluding students from the learning environment. RP are about identify...
Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
In this book study, students will learn that the achievement gap remains a stubborn problem for educators of culturally and linguistically diverse students. With the introduction of the rigorous Common Core State Standards, diverse classrooms need...
Cultural Awareness: The Middle of Everywhere
This course is a book study on The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees enter the American Community. We will explore how refugees are placed in America, describing their hardships, and what readers can learn from the refugee’s stories. Included...
Behavior As a Form of Communication 101
This course describes how behavior is a form of communication among students (and adults as well). Participants will learn to focus on form vs. function of behavior, and then address the varieties of functions of behavior and how a teacher can imp...
Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them
This book study will provide participants with an opportunity to explore the ways to help students with challenging behaviors be more successful at school and in life. The book works to help educators and parents see challenging student behaviors ...
Strategies that Engage: Moving Beyond the Stereotypes of Poverty
This course will provide participants with an opportunity to explore core strategies for engagement that lead to academic success for learners. Participants will explore seven factors that establish purposeful learning routines to increase motivat...
This track contains classes that focus on components of social-emotional learning. There is little doubt that students are coming to school everyday after facing a numerous amount of hardship. These classes will help educators change the conversation from "What's wrong with that kid?" to "What happened to that kid?"