Summer 2024 CPE Course Offerings

  • Teaching Media Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom

    Posted by Diane Thomson on 6/7/2024

    Fully online - 7/22/2024 to 8/30/2024

    In today's digitally saturated landscape, media permeates every aspect of students' lives, from television and radio to the vast expanse of the internet and social media platforms. Media is an influential force in the lives of students. However, when recognizing real news versus fake news that might appear on their feed, most students cannot tell the difference. To be an informed citizen, students must know how to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act using all forms of media. Students must possess these skills to make informed decisions as adults. In this three-credit online course, educators will delve into emerging challenges in media literacy, including the rise of deepfake videos, the importance of lateral reading to verify information, and fact-checking techniques to combat misinformation. Additionally, educators will explore the impact of AI on media consumption and production, highlighting its role in shaping the information landscape. Educators will explore strategies for teaching students how to critically evaluate media content in an era of rapidly evolving technology to help students become media literate. By the end of the course, educators will possess practical approaches to teaching media literacy in an era defined by rapid technological evolution, that will prepare students to navigate the complexities of the digital age with confidence and clarity.

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  • Coping Skills: Teacher and Student Wellness

    Posted by Diane Thomson on 5/10/2024

    Fully online

    June 3 - June 30, 2024
    July 15 - August 9, 2024

    Coping Skills: Teacher and Student Wellness is an online course that allows participants to analyze how coping skills can be used to manage daily emotions and stress in the world of academia. There are coping skills that are proactive and others that are reactive. Participants will identify, differentiate, choose and be encouraged to engage in a variety of coping mechanisms. Basic needs must be met and mental health must be addressed before learning can take place. Participants will develop an action plan for both students and teachers (themselves) in order to implement appropriate coping skills so both academic and professional goals can be achieved.

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  • The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher

    Posted by Diane Thomson on 5/10/2024

    Fully online June 7 - July 8, 2024

    This course will provide pertinent information to make not only the first day of school but every day run smoothly. Strategies for successfully addressing on ground, virtual and hybrid effective instruction will be presented. The book utilized, The First Days of School: How To Be An Effective Teacher (5th edition, 2018) by Harry Wong & Rosemary Wong, is the updated edition of a proven resource on successful teaching practices for both classroom management and student success. The course will feature many great, practical ideas to implement resulting in positive outcomes. Students' educational experiences will be so much better after having applied the book along with completing the other high-powered activities in the class.

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  • Making an Impact: Building Positive Relationships with Your Students

    Posted by Diane Thomson on 5/10/2024

    Fully online: 

    June 12 - July 12, 2024
    July 31 - August 27, 2024

    Making an Impact: Building Positive Relationships with Your Students is designed for teachers K-12 to become familiar with different ways to create healthy student/teacher relationships through effective communication. Strong and healthy relationships can promote better student learning and increase their overall performance. This course will focus on how to communicate effectively, how to provide a friendly, successful, and productive learning environment, using your words to influence, effective questioning techniques, how to motivate students and give them a desire to learn, to ensure the right climate for learning, become more aware of your verbal and non-verbal cues, using your voice effectively, and most importantly to engage your students so they look forward to your classroom and want to work for you. It is extremely important that students want to listen to you. A bond between a teacher and student can go beyond the classroom and last a lifetime.

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  • Implementing Equitable Trauma Responsive School Practices

    Posted by Diane Thomson on 5/10/2024

    Fully online: 

    June 24 - August 5, 2024

    This course examines equitable, trauma-responsive classroom and schoolwide practices grounded in a neurobiological understanding of trauma's impact on student's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. The course modules provide evidence-based system supports and targeted individual interventions to use in response to the physical health, emotional well-being, learning, social relationship, and behavioral concerns presented by students experiencing toxic stress reactions to trauma and strategies that foster resilience to buffer the impact of trauma exposure.

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  • ABCs on Teaching Strategies for PreK-3

    Posted by Diane Thomson on 5/10/2024

    Fully online: 

    July 1 - July 28, 2024

    This 3-credit online course is designed to focus on successful teaching instruction and strategies for preschool to grade 3. Subject areas include the strategies for promoting a comfortable learning environment, positive reinforcement, icebreakers, learning and literacy centers, organization skills for teacher and student, bulletin boards, successful subject area lessons (math, language arts, social studies, science, art, music, physical education), and overall meaningful teaching and learning strategies. This course contains hundreds of activities and lessons that all teachers can access and illustrates ways all students can participate in them.

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  • Anxiety and Stress: Teacher and Student Wellness

    Posted by Diane Thomson on 5/10/2024

    Fully online

    July 1 - July 28, 2024

    Anxiety & Stress: Teacher and Student Wellness is a course that guides participants in developing and implementing classroom strategies that cultivate teacher and student well-being. The ways in which teachers and students react to anxiety and stress will determine the growth (or lack thereof) and experiences in the classroom each day. Mental health is of great concern in the classroom (and the world) as educational, financial, social, mental and emotional pressures can seem overwhelming at times. Teacher and student well-being must first be addressed before teaching and learning can take place. Participants will explore curricula for how to best deal with their students anxiety and stress in the classroom. Participants will also explore scientific research, best practices and the holistic education of the mind and body that we strive to provide our 21st century students. Both teacher and student must maintain a level of self-care and awareness in order to make great academic and personal strides. Participants will develop an action plan to acknowledge and address anxiety and stressors in the classroom so that calmness, awareness, insightfulness and presence are established and academic goals can be met.

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  • The Art of Civic Discourse: Using Debate Strategies to Create Meaningful Discussion in the Classroom

    Posted by Diane Thomson on 5/10/2024

    Fully online 

    July 1 - July 26, 2024
    July 29 - August 23, 2024

    In an increasingly divided world, the need for civil and open discourse is more apparent than ever. It is critically important that students learn how to meaningfully engage while learning how to analyze different perspectives and respectfully respond to dissenting opinions; however, it can be challenging for teachers to do so in a way that preserves a classroom space that remains safe and productive for all.

    This four week course aims to help educators create more meaningful conversations by utilizing the tools typically found when preparing for competitive debate. While this course will review the theory and application of each topic within the world of debate, the primary focus is to identify specific strategies that can be used within a variety of classroom settings.

    At the end of this course, participants will have a toolbox that they can use when unpacking complex, nuanced and (often) politically charged topics within the classroom. In addition, this course will review strategies for how teachers can build strategies for unpacking bias, exploring identity, and creating authentic engagement opportunities for students.

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  • Mindfulness for Educators and Their Students

    Posted by Diane Thomson on 5/10/2024

    Fully online:

    July 8 - August 18, 2024

    This course is designed to examine the theory and practice of mindfulness and how it can influence both the personal and professional life of a teacher. Basic mindfulness practices, neuroscience, identification of thoughts and emotions, and mindful communication practice will be explored, as well as applying these practices/concepts to both personal and professional situations. In addition, clear connections will be made between how personal practice can inform classroom management and interactions with students. Finally, participants will delve into how this same mindfulness practice can aid in the development of students of all ages. Teachers will be given strategies and techniques to introduce mindfulness appropriately into their classrooms and to begin a dialogue about mindfulness with other teachers and administration.

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  • Teachers Building Resilience to Create Compassionate Classrooms

    Posted by Diane Thomson on 5/10/2024

    Fully online: 

    July 8 - August 18, 2024

    This online course is designed to examine the concept of resilience and how building teacher resilience can lead to more compassionate classrooms for both teachers and students. Specifically, the focus areas of developing mindful awareness, communicating effectively, building community, discovering personal strengths, and cultivating compassion will be explored through the course. The content of this course is relevant to most standards relating to adult professional learning, health and well-being, classroom management, social and emotional learning including developing student interpersonal skills.

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