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PSU Educators Course Catalog

Creating a Thriving Academic Culture (A-B): Focusing on Formative Assessment/Accelerating Student Learning and Engagement with Questioning Strategies and Meaningful Feedback

This 3-hour section of the Creating a Thriving Academic Culture track contains these 80-minute sessions: Focusing on Formative Assessment: Formative assessment practice continues to be shown to be one of the greatest influences on student outcomes. This session will highlight the essential characteristics of formative assessment practice, which can be applied to both formal and informal assessment tasks, lessons, and instructional strategies. A focus will be on how we can view formative assessment as an integral element of our instruction and not as an event at the end of instruction. Accelerating Student Learning and Engagement with Questioning Strategies and Meaningful Feedback: Related to both formative assessment and critical thinking in students, the development of effective questioning strategies and using feedback in a meaningful way is essential to ensuring students are required to attend to their own learning. In this session, we will explore how questioning strategies can improve student engagement, probe for deeper understanding, and encourage student participation. Strategies for providing written and oral feedback will be integral to the learning.

Who should take this class: Department Chairs, Grade-Level Leaders, Curriculum Coordinators, Mentor Teachers, Teachers

Recommended prior training or experience: None

User Level: Novice Length: 3 Hours Prerequisites:

Creating a Thriving Academic Culture (C-D): Promoting Critical Thinking through Research-based Strategies/Using Differentiated Instruction to Ensure Students Succeed

This 3-hour section of the Creating a Thriving Academic Culture track contains these 80-minute sessions: Promoting Critical Thinking through Research-based Strategies: Critical thinking is central to developing independent learners who are successful. In this session, educators will explore strategies based on John Hattie?s research that promote critical thinking in their students. Participants will expand their skill set so they can walk away with strategies, tools, and ideas that can be used in their classrooms immediately. Using Differentiated Instruction to Ensure Students Succeed: Differentiation is an important component of every classroom, but it can also feel overwhelming for many teachers. This session will help participants grow in their understanding of what differentiated instruction is (and is not). Using educational research and practical examples, this session will allow participants to examine how teachers can differentiate content (input), process (sense-making), and product (output) in a manageable way so teachers and students can both thrive.

Who should take this class: Curriculum Coordinators, Department Chairs, Grade-Level Leaders, Mentor Teachers, Teachers

Recommended prior training or experience: None

User Level: Novice Length: 3 Hours Prerequisites:

Creating a Thriving Academic Culture (E-F): Advancing Your EdTech Integration/Leveraging Digital Tools to Support Student Choice

This 3-hour section of the Creating a Thriving Academic Culture track contains these 80-minute sessions: Advancing Your EdTech Integration: Whether you have been immersed in digital learning for years or just beginning your journey, everyone has the potential to elevate their blended learning practices to the next level. In this session, participants will explore how to leverage digital resources to elevate the learning process and incorporate technology in a purposeful manner. The SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) Model will be used as a guide for integrating digital resources and transforming current teaching practices. Leveraging Digital Tools to Support Student Choice: Student choice in the classroom increases student engagement and provides for differentiation. Prioritizing independence for students allows them to take ownership of their learning. Blended learning environments aid educators in providing the tools, structures, and resources that make student choice more accessible for every classroom. This active and hands-on session will allow educators to experience the latest strategies and digital tools available in order to support a more flexible learning environment for all students.

Who should take this class: Curriculum Coordinators, Department Chairs, Grade-Level Leaders, Mentor Teachers, Teachers

Recommended prior training or experience: None

User Level: Novice Length: 3 Hours Prerequisites:

Creating a Thriving Academic Culture (G-Keynote): Literacy in the Digital Age/Keynote Address

The first session of this block includes a session of the Creating a Thriving Academic Culture track. During the second half of this block, join us for the PSU Educators keynote addresses. Literacy in the Digital Age: We all have ideas about what it means to be literate but the last 10 years have dramatically impacted what this means for our students. This session will explore the ways that digital tools have changed our definitions and approaches to instruction and explore what it means to be literate in the digital age. Keynote address: Gather with your fellow PSU Educator attendees for presentations by Bill Bass and Dr. Richard Hughes.

Who should take this class: Curriculum Coordinators, Department Chairs, Grade-Level Leaders, Mentor Teachers, Teachers

Recommended prior training or experience: None

User Level: Novice Length: 3 Hours Prerequisites:

Creating a Thriving Academic Culture (H-Keynote): The Captivating Classroom: Transforming Lessons/Keynote Address

The first session of this block includes a session of the Creating a Thriving Academic Culture track. During the second half of this block, join us for the PSU Educators keynote addresses. The Captivating Classroom: Transforming Lessons: Student engagement plays a critical role in student success. In this session, we will explore strategies to transform lessons and create opportunities for students that are active, collaborative, and promote learning. Using technology and non-tech methods to keep students engaged and actively participating will be presented. Keynote address: Gather with your fellow PSU Educator attendees for presentations by Bill Bass and Dr. Richard Hughes.

Who should take this class: Curriculum Coordinators, Department Chairs, Grade-Level Leaders, Mentor Teachers, Teachers

Recommended prior training or experience: None

User Level: Novice Length: 3 Hours Prerequisites:

Creating a Thriving Academic Culture (I-Keynote): Using Digital Tools to Support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

The first session of this block includes a session of the Creating a Thriving Academic Culture track. During the second half of this block, join us for the PSU Educators keynote addresses. Using Digital Tools to Support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): In this session, educators will be introduced to a variety of digital tools used to support social emotional learning instruction practices. These ideas work when teaching face-to-face, in a blended environment, or in an online setting. Keynote address: Gather with your fellow PSU Educator attendees for presentations by Bill Bass and Dr. Richard Hughes.

Who should take this class: Curriculum Coordinators, Department Chairs, Grade-Level Leaders, Mentor Teachers, Teachers

Recommended prior training or experience: None

User Level: Novice Length: 3 Hours Prerequisites:

Educating the Whole Child (A-B): Foundations for a Trauma-Informed Classroom/Building Student Resilience

This 3-hour section of the Educating the Whole Child track contains these 80-minute sessions: Foundations for a Trauma-Informed Classroom Practices: The experts all agree that one of the key elements of a successful school is that all staff have a foundational knowledge of childhood trauma, its impact and what it means to practice trauma-informed care. During this transformational session, leaders and teachers will be empowered as the agents of change as they shift their student behavior lens from, What's wrong with this student? to, What's happened to this student? Building Student Resilience: Educator awareness of the effects of trauma is essential but knowing how to act on that knowledge is what will help students build the resilience necessary to adapt in the face of adversity. During this session, educators will learn key classroom practices proven to build student resilience.

Who should take this class: Curriculum Coordinators, Department Chairs, Grade-Level Leaders, Mentor Teachers, Teachers

Recommended prior training or experience: None

User Level: Novice Length: 3 Hours Prerequisites:

Educating the Whole Child (C-D): Optimizing Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL)/Personalizing Learning Experiences for Every Child, Every Day

This 3-hour section of the Educating the Whole Child track contains these 80-minute sessions: Optimizing Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an inclusive framework that empowers all students and supports individual student needs. This session will explore the core concepts of UDL, along with practical classroom applications that support flexible and inclusive learning environments. Personalizing Learning Experiences for Every Child, Every Day: Supporting the whole child with personalized instruction provides an equitable and engaging educational experience for every child every day. This session will explore blended learning strategies with the incorporation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Who should take this class: Curriculum Coordinators, Department Chairs, Grade-Level Leaders, Mentor Teachers, Teachers

Recommended prior training or experience: None

User Level: Novice Length: 3 Hours Prerequisites:

Educating the Whole Child (E-F): Creating Positive Classroom Learning Environments/A Trauma-Informed Approach to Family Engagement

This 3-hour section of the Educating the Whole Child track contains these 80-minute sessions: Creating Positive Classroom Learning Environments: Some of the most powerful tools in a teacher?s toolkit are strategies to promote positive student behavior. The more positive behaviors students exhibit, the more everyone can learn and grow together. Participants in this session, will walk away feeling more confident and intentional about how to skillfully encourage more of the behaviors they desire, with concrete tools and strategies to use immediately in the classroom. A Trauma-Informed Approach to Family Engagement: Childhood trauma can have serious effects on students and school outcomes. As a result of this course, you and your school will reimagine how to support students and their families impacted by trauma by adopting a trauma-informed approach to family engagement. We explore specific practices educators and schools can use to actively engage and empower families, and effectively meet the diverse needs of their students and the broader school community. This course was designed in collaboration with renowned author and thought leader Tom Hierck and contains many proven strategies from his book Trauma-Sensitive Instruction: Creating a Safe and Predictable Classroom Environment.

Who should take this class: Curriculum Coordinators, Department Chairs, Grade-Level Leaders, Mentor Teachers, Teachers

Recommended prior training or experience: None

User Level: Novice Length: 3 Hours Prerequisites:

Educating the Whole Child (G-Keynote): Social Emotional Learning in Everything We Do/Keynote Address

The first session of this block includes a session of the Educating the Whole Child track. During the second half of this block, join us for the PSU Educators keynote addresses. Social Emotional Learning in Everything We Do: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is much more than something to add to the to do list. SEL is a lens that can help us alter current practices to better support those entering our classrooms each day. Learn how to utilize the science behind SEL to create more effective practices in areas such as behavior management, curriculum, grading and assessments. Keynote address: Gather with your fellow PSU Educator attendees for presentations by Bill Bass and Dr. Richard Hughes.

Who should take this class: Curriculum Coordinators, Department Chairs, Grade-Level Leaders, Mentor Teachers, Teachers

Recommended prior training or experience: None

User Level: Novice Length: 3 Hours Prerequisites:

Educating the Whole Child (H-Keynote): Using Digital Tools to Support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)/Keynote Address

The first session of this block includes a session of the Educating the Whole Child track. During the second half of this block, join us for the PSU Educators keynote addresses. Using Digital Tools to Support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): In this session, educators will be introduced to a variety of digital tools used to support social emotional learning instruction practices. These ideas work when teaching face-to-face, in a blended environment, or in an online setting. Keynote address: Gather with your fellow PSU Educator attendees for presentations by Bill Bass and Dr. Richard Hughes.

Who should take this class: Curriculum Coordinators, Department Chairs, Grade-Level Leaders, Mentor Teachers, Teachers

Recommended prior training or experience: None

User Level: Novice Length: 3 Hours Prerequisites:

Educating the Whole Child (I-Keynote): Assessing Social Emotional Learning/Keynote Address

The first session of this block includes a session of the Educating the Whole Child track. During the second half of this block, join us for the PSU Educators keynote addresses. Social Emotional Learning in Everything We Do: Assessing SEL can be a personal yet important source of information for students, teachers, and others engaged in education. In this session participants will explore how growth mindset and self-efficacy can be measured to tailor classroom instruction to students? unique needs. Moreover, we'll discuss how the data can be used by students to seek out opportunities for self-paced learning activities. Keynote address: Gather with your fellow PSU Educator attendees for presentations by Bill Bass and Dr. Richard Hughes.

Who should take this class: Curriculum Coordinators, Department Chairs, Grade-Level Leaders, Mentor Teachers, Teachers

Recommended prior training or experience: None

User Level: Novice Length: 3 Hours Prerequisites: