Professional Development Opportunities: Individual Courses

Independent study options, learning circles, and dozens of other online, blended and on-ground courses provide opportunities to delve into topics spanning all curriculum subject matter areas, educational technology, instructional methods, classroom management, common core, eco-literacy, organization and more.

EDIC 9001 Essentials of Interpersonal Communication

In this course, you will explore the essentials of interpersonal communication. In today’s fast paced world, successful interpersonal communication is increasingly difficult. Special attention will be given to the components of the communication process, filters and barriers, techniques for improving communication, and learning how to effectively use communication technologies, such as social media, within interpersonal communication. You will identify three components of interpersonal communication that you want to improve and then develop specific action plans that address these growth areas. 1 credit.

EDIC 9002 Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) is vital to being an effective and high-performing member of any team. Business professionals who understand the connection between emotions and actions and can apply EI skills to maximize effectiveness, have a stand-out advantage in any organization. During this course, we will study the theories and concepts of the EI model which focuses, specifically on the behavioral level, on performance at work and on organizational leadership. We have developed this course to introduce you to the proven EI model and provide you with the insight and skills to apply it in making your job, career, and relationship more effective, satisfying, and successful. 1 credit.

EDIC 9003 Resolving Conflict

Conflict is something that occurs on a daily basis in both our personal lives and in our workplace. Identifying and managing that conflict can determine your level of success. In this course, you will explore the different types of conflict, identify your personal conflict style, and learn how to apply that style to situations both in and out of the workplace. You will also identify ways to resolve a conflict situation. 1 credit.

EDIC 9004 Growth Mindset

A Growth Mindset is the foundation for resilience and persistence. This course will describe what a Growth Mindset is (as compared to a Fixed Mindset), the correlation and effects a Growth Mindset has on the brain, the power of grit, and strategies for developing a Growth Mindset classroom. Furthermore, this course will prepare you to create a lesson plan to teach your students about a Growth Mindset, how to embrace a Growth Mindset through questioning and awareness, and to implement strategies to develop this mindset themselves. 2 credits.

EDIC 9005 Math – Deepening Conceptual Understanding

In this course, you will explore the world of mathematics from different perspectives with a focus on the ways that concepts can be understood through language, symbols, visual representations, and relationships. You will investigate and build upon your own experience learning and teaching math, shifting from how to perform mathematical operations to the why—why do we perform operations and use algorithms the way we do? What are the relationships between mathematical concepts and the world we live in? How do we build more integrated approaches for our students that allow them to dig deeper? 3 credits.

EDIC 9006 Integrated ELD Instruction in Math

In this course, you will learn ways to effectively integrate the California ELD (English Language Development) standards into mathematical instruction in the elementary classroom. You will begin by reviewing the language demands of mathematical instruction, as well as exploring the areas of strength and needs of English Language Learners in your school/district. You will then be presented with a variety of strategies to integrate language, vocabulary, speaking and listening into your K-6 mathematics instruction. At the end of this course, you will be asked to design and present an integrated ELD math unit plan that demonstrates your understanding of the instructional strategies presented in this course. 2 credits.

EDIC 9007 STEM Integration for PreK-6

In this course you will discover how STEM education is impacting learning in K-12 classrooms. You will expand your knowledge of how science, technology, engineering, and math can be taught in exciting, exploratory ways. Unlike traditional math and science lessons, STEM lessons are often open-ended activities where students collaborate to design or develop systems to solve problems with real-life applications. As a new trend in education, STEM lessons are numerous and readily available, however, not all STEM lessons are created equal. As you grow your knowledge of STEM education through this course, you will be able to select or create high quality STEM lessons. As a culminating activity, you will create a presentation to showcase the benefits of STEM, share a lesson you have prepared and taught, and teach other stakeholders in your community about why students should engage in STEM education and also how to implement it. 2 credits.

EDIC 9008 Introduction to Project Based Learning Experiences

Looking for ways to engage your students? Project Based Learning (PBL) is a popular instructional model that connects academic skills with real world learning. Additionally, it teaches life skills such as collaboration, communicating effectively, and critical thinking. In this course you will study high quality PBL models and create an engaging, rigorous Project Based​ ​Learning​ ​unit​ ​to​ ​use​ ​in​ ​your​ ​own​ ​classroom. 3 credits.

EDIU 9007 Digging Deeper: Applying Learning Strategies

This practicum course is designed for educators who participate in professional development in a variety of different formats such as seminars, workshops, trainings, online courses, or webinars by helping to prioritize the information presented, determine how to apply the most relevant information to their work, and plan or create a project demonstrating their ability to apply the strategies they discovered. 15 – 45 clock hours/1 – 3 PDUs 1-3 credits.

EDIU 9018 Applying Conference Learning

Educators often participate in professional development in a variety of different formats. You might take an online course, seminar, or webinar. You might attend a conference, workshop or training. Often participants in these types of professional development opportunities are presented with valuable information they hope to apply to their everyday work. This course will help educators to prioritize the information presented, determine how to apply the most relevant information to their work, and plan or create a project demonstrating their ability to apply the strategies they discovered. 1-3 credits.