Instructional Strategies - Professional Development

Online Open Enrollment


ED 589 Addressing the Sensory Processing Needs of Children - 1 credit for $190

ED 589 Background Knowledge for Students

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $380

This course will explore the value of building background knowledge for students. Students will be introduced to brain theory concerning different memory functions and how it relates to learning background knowledge. Students will look into research on the impact of poverty on background knowledge and investigate principles for building background knowledge using an indirect approach. They will examine the research and learn how to implement the sustained silent reading (SSR) program. Discover the eight characteristics of effective direct vocabulary instruction and learn how to implement the six steps to effective vocabulary instruction. Examine the purpose of frequency vocabulary word lists and the influence of the standards movement on vocabulary word lists. Finally, study strategies for developing a schoolwide or districtwide program.


ED 589 The Basics of Response to Intervention - 1 credit for $190

ED 589 Creating and Using Questioning Sequence in Instruction - 3 credits for $570

ED 589 Creating Engagements in the Classroom

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course will provide both an understanding of what contributes to student engagement, but will also provide many strategies, techniques, and tools to equip the teacher in enhancing student engagement in their classroom. The course will provide research on elements of student engagement. The primary focus of instruction will be in four areas: emotions: (How do you feel?), interests: (Am I interested?), perceived importance: (Is this important?) and perceptions of efficacy: (Can I do this?). The course provides very specific strategies to be implemented by a teacher to increase student achievement. Self-assessment tables are provided to help the teacher explore their classroom practice.

ED 589 Creating Instructional Learning Goals and Objectives

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

Participants will be able to understand the elements and value of effective learning goals and objectives. Students will learn how to write instructional learning goals and objectives to guide their instruction. They will be able to plan instructional lessons that are aligned with District and State Standards and write goals that will clearly state learning outcomes and assessment processes to confirm that desired learning has occurred. They will learn to write goals and objectives that will represent different levels of difficulty. Students will recognize and learn to use the four levels from New Taxonomy (Marzano & Kendall, 2007) (a) Retrieval - Simply recognize and recall important details, (b) Comprehension - Explain critical features, (c) Analysis - Involve reasoned extensions of knowledge, and (d) Knowledge Utilization - use new knowledge in the context of a robust task.

ED 589 Creative & Critical Thinking in the Classroom

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

Learning is a consequence of thinking. Students who tend to connect ideas, seek explanations, find new applications, create something new, solve problems and think imaginatively develop deeper understands of subjects across the curriculum and in their lives beyond school. A classroom environment that cultivates creative and critical thinking furthermore motivates students as it instills curiosity, builds confidence and produces greater student autonomy. Participants in this course will gain a deep understanding of creativity and critical thinking, as well as develop multiple strategies for teaching thinking skills and develop a dynamic thinking classroom.

ED 589 Dealing with Change

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

This course provides the student with practical strategies for dealing with transition. Any change results in a process which has predictable stage: an ending followed by a time of confusion and distress resulting in a new beginning. Whether changing jobs, dealing with policy changes, retiring, or redefining relationships the student will learn how to use transition as a time of opportunity. The study guide for this course will be sent to your email address as a .pdf attachment. To have the study guide mailed to you via US mail, please make your request in the "comments" section when registering.


ED 589 Empowering Students by Matching Instruction to Personalities and Learning Styles - 1 credit for $190

ED 589 Engaging Strategies for All Learners - 1 credit for $190

ED 589 Internet Resources for Effective Educator Teacher Tools

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

Do you sometimes find the amount of information you can find on the Internet overwhelming? Is it hard to keep track of all the websites you want to use in your teaching? Would you like some help finding creating rubrics for assessment? Well then, this is the class for you. Internet Resources for the Effective Educator Teacher Tools is designed to help you use the Internet to become more productive and save you time. Come learn about sites that can help you discover and organize resources from the Internet.

ED 589 Motivational Strategies for Pre K-12

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

Motivational Strategies for Pre K-12 is a course designed for teachers, principals, and anyone else who is interested in motivating students in the classroom. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to better understand how to effectively motivate your students to achieve their greatest potential by focusing on their strengths. You will develop an understanding of Temperament Psychology and how to effectively use this knowledge to minimize classroom disruptions, create a positive learning environment, and achieve results that last. This course is targeted for teachers in Pre K-12, special education, literacy programs, gifted and talented classrooms, instructional coaches, principals, and higher education. This course is aligned with Senate Bill 191 and designed to take approximately 15-20 hours to complete while allowing you to work in a self-paced environment. You will notice the book used for this course is addressed to parents. Due to the fact that teachers are so involved and even empathetic toward their students, the parallels are very similar sharing the same issues, struggles, and challenges that parents face on a daily basis. The parent – child relationship is very similar to the teacher - child relationship because they are both trying to teach the child. “Teachers are only 2nd to parents in the influence they have to molding society!” ~ Ray W. Lincoln.

ED 589 The Nine Essential Instructional Strategies

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course will guide the student through the identification of the nine instructional strategies that research indicates are highly effective. Once identified, each instructional strategies and its related research is analyzed and then information is provided on how to develop and use each strategy. The course starts with a historical perspective of the development of educational research. The nine instructional strategies that will be studied are: (a) similarities and differences, (b) summarizing and note taking, (c) reinforcing effort and providing recognition, (d) homework and practice, (e) nonlinguistic representations, (f) cooperative learning, (g) setting objectives and providing feedback, (h) generating and testing hypotheses, and (i) cues, question and advance organizers. Students will become familiar with each strategy and receive valuable guidance in how to incorporate each strategy in their professional practice.

ED 589 The Nine Essential Instructional Strategies and English Language Learners

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course will guide the student through the application of the nine instructional strategies that research indicates are highly effective as identified inClassroom Instruction that Works by Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock, (2001) with specific application for English language learners. Students will study the stages of secondary language acquisition and learn how to implement the nine instructional strategies in consideration of these stages. The nine instructional strategies that will be studied are: (a) similarities and differences, (b) summarizing and note taking, (c) reinforcing effort and providing recognition, (d) homework and practice, (e) nonlinguistic representations, (f) cooperative learning, (g) setting objectives and providing feedback, (h) generating and testing hypotheses, and (i) cues, question and advance organizers. Students will become familiar with each strategy and receive valuable guidance in how to incorporate each strategy in their professional practice with English language learners. Students will explore ways to increase parent and community involvement in the education process with a focus on English language learners.


ED 589 Overview of Sensory Processing Needs of Children - 1 credit for $190


ED 589 SB 191 Overview - Quality Standard I for School Psychologists - 1 credit for $190

ED 589 Preparing to Teach and Assess for 21st Century Skills

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course addresses the topic of teaching and assessing 21st century skills. Preparing students for the uniqueness of 21st century skills is a concern that is frequently mentioned among educational professionals. Marzano and Hefebower divided the study into cognitive skills and conative skills—essentially thinking and feeling skills. Students in this course will be led step by step through the concepts presented in the textbook. Topics covered in the cognitive part of the textbook will include: common logical errors including faulty logic, attack, weak reference, and misinformation, probabilistic thinking, deductive conclusions, and analyzing deductive conclusions, the potential negative effects of multitasking, the importance of focus, the value, and utility of using patterns in instruction, the value of mental models, effective use of graphic organizers, and a protocol for problem solving. Topics covered in the conative part of the textbook will include: the use of optical illusions in teaching misconceptions, distinguishing between a fixed mindset, and a growth mindset, encouraging resiliency in students, building the positive possible self, encouraging optimism in students, the harmful effects of negative emotional thinking, and worry, the concept of perspective, the four kinds of behavior: passive behavior, aggressive behavior, passive-aggressive, and assertive behavior, the use of class meetings to build community, techniques for active listening, conflict resolution, and dealing with anger.

ED 589 Questioning for Learning - 3 credits for $570


ED 589 SB 191 Teacher Quality Standard I: Content and Pedagogy - 1 credit for $190

ED 589 SB 191 Teacher Quality Standard II: Learning Environment - 1 credit for $190


ED 589 SB 191 Teacher Quality Standard III: Instructional Delivery - 1 credit for $190


ED 589 SB 191 Teacher Quality Standard IV: Teacher Reflection - 1 credit for $190

Teaching Visual Spatial Learners - 3 credits for $570