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Professional Institute for Educators Courses

Courses listed below are for non-matriculated students ONLY.  
Please refer to the COURSE NOTES section for in-person meeting dates for Hybrid courses.

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Ceramics - Raku, Advanced
VPAS 513NM 01
James Pastore
  • Spring 2016
  • Apr 16 to May 01
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
GoggleWorks

Explore the techniques of Raku firing and the qualities of this approach, with an emphasis on more refined projects, focused critiques and the more advanced aspects of the medium to convey an artistic message. Participants develop work in a series and consider its application to the classroom. Prerequisite: (VPAS 512) 3-D Projects for the Classroom: Ceramics - Raku, Introductory

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Ceramics - Raku, Advanced II
VPAS 556NM 01
James Pastore
  • Spring 2016
  • Apr 16 to May 01
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
GoggleWorks

With further refinement and exploration, expand the techniques of Raku firing and the qualities of this approach, with an emphasis on more advanced projects, focused critiques and the more subtle aspects of the medium to convey an artistic message. Participants develop work and consider application to younger students. This course provides an opportunity for personal invention and higher-level challenges through developing a series of pieces. Improve competency in thinking and working three-dimensionally.

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Ceramics - Raku, Introductory
VPAS 512NM 01
James Pastore
  • Spring 2016
  • Apr 16 to May 01
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
GoggleWorks

Raku is a form of Japanese pottery that uses low firing temperatures and removal from the kiln while still hot, creating a unique surface finish, often with crackled textures. Raku techniques have been adopted and modified by contemporary potters worldwide. In this course, explore the techniques of Raku firing and the qualities of this approach.

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Glass Sampler
VPAS 525NM 01
TBA
  • Spring 2016
  • Mar 05 to Mar 20
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
GoggleWorks

Explore an overview of basic glass techniques as an introduction to this material. Hands-on projects include fusing and slumping (bending), flamework and introductory glassblowing. Those new to glass discover the technical aspects of working in both the hot and cold shops and discuss types of glass to use, the compatibilities of glass, annealing schedules and using sheet glass with powdered frit. Content applicable to K-12 classrooms, particularly to expand knowledge of 3-D concepts. Open to all teachers with interest in glass, no previous experience required.

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Jewelry - Metal Clay, Advanced
VPAS 521NM 01
Christopher Darway
  • Spring 2016
  • Apr 02 to Apr 17
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wayne Art Center

In this course, work with metal clay in both silver and bronze to produce jewelry or small sculptural objects, covering more complex topics and techniques including applications of metal clay in combination with other materials, consideration of jewelry techniques and use of metal elements and alloys. Course content is designed for application in art classrooms and for those with previous metal clay experience. Prerequisite: (VPAS 520) 3-D Projects for the Classroom: Jewelry - Metal Clay, Introductory

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Jewelry - Metal Clay, Introductory
VPAS 520NM 01
Christopher Darway
  • Spring 2016
  • Apr 02 to Apr 17
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wayne Art Center

Metal clay is an amazing material that is well adapted to classroom use. It is metallic clay made of either pure silver or bronze, which molds and handles like putty, fires in a kiln and becomes solid permanent silver. This material is unique, safe and non-toxic and requires only simple tools and equipment that students of all ages can easily use. In this course, work with various forms in both silver and bronze to produce basic jewelry or small sculptural objects, covering topics such as wet and dry fabrication, firing times and temperatures, use of the kiln and alternative firing methods. Topics may include projects for students, simple tool making and rubber molding, other basic jewelry techniques and use of metal elements and alloys in jewelry. Course content is designed for application in art classrooms.

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Arab Music Ensemble Course
PMED 582NM 01
TBA
  • Spring 2016
  • Jan 14 to Apr 28
  • Thu 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Off-Campus Site

This course will focus on the Andalusian genre of Arabic poetry, known as muwashshah, and its use in the musical canon in the Arab world with a focus on the areas of Arabic Choir, Arab Instrumental Ensemble and Arab Percussion. Educators in choir and instrumentals portions of the ensemble learn Arab music theory (maqamat), heterophony, classical Arab instrumentation, types of ensembles, genres, modal systems, rhythmic patterns, and traditional Arab composition. Educators in beginner percussion will learn the fundamental sounds of Arab percussion, classic Arab rhythms, instrument names, and percussion notation. Educators in advanced percussion will build on those fundamentals by learning more complex and technically difficult aspects of Arab percussion.

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Creating Websites for Teachers
ETEC 511NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Spring 2016
  • Jan 12 to Mar 04
  • Tue 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Unionville ES

Learn how to create a basic website for teacher use in the classroom using HTML/XHTML and Adobe Creative Suite. Develop a basic understanding of HTML coding and the fundamental aspects of creating a well-organized and graphically pleasing site, as well as tools and templates for educational use. Previous experience in Photoshop recommended.

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Differentiated Instruction
INCL 508NM 01
Tina Pisch
  • Spring 2016
  • Jan 25 to Feb 21
  • Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bucks County IU

Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching and learning that deals with diversity in learning styles. Discover helpful, well-tested techniques for the creation of an inclusionary classroom for students - from English language learners and special education students to those with various learning differences - to reach all learners effectively. Explore and research concepts, strategies and processes for managing a differentiated instructional setting with accommodations for learning and assessment. This course focuses on the key knowledge and skills needed to employ differentiated instruction and to address student differences across the curriculum, especially in literacy and mathematics.

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Digital Citizenship/Digital Literacy in Today's K-12 Classroom
ETEC 515NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Spring 2016
  • Mar 07 to May 13
  • Mon, Tue 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Unionville ES

Digital technologies are ever-changing, providing students with wonderful opportunities as well as many tough decision-making situations and sometimes risks. Students have the power of the Internet at their fingertips with mobile technologies to explore and learn. However, many issues can emerge from such an always-connected environment both at school and in their personal lives. This course helps teachers understand the importance of providing guidance and leadership to students in their digital world - showing them proper and safe use of digital tools and allowing them to leverage the power of digital tools in both their learning and everyday lives.

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Digital Communication in the Classroom
ETEC 508NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Spring 2016
  • Jan 11 to Mar 04
  • Wed 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Unionville ES

Digital Communication is the exchange of information over a range of different media tools. Student and teachers now have the ability to interact with each other over blogs, wikis, forums, discussion boards, and more. This class explores the opportunities that these types of digital communication can bring to the educational setting and how these support the curriculum most effectively.

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Foundations of Educational Technology
ETEC 500NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Spring 2016
  • Jan 11 to Mar 04
  • Tue, Thu 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Unionville ES

Are you connecting with the digital learners of today? Are you utilizing the classroom technology available to you? This course introduces topics, theories, and principles in educational technology. It emphasizes the use of technology in the classroom as an "instructional tool" to enrich the quality of your teaching and enhance learning. This course includes the use of a variety of educational technology tools as well as discussions about internet safety, ethics, and copyright concerns. You will leave this course with knowledge about how to create an engaging lesson incorporating the use of technology and will successfully be able to implement web resources in your classroom to enhance instruction. You will learn techniques to effectively improve your classroom through the use of a variety of online tools and assessments and learn about technology that can be used to differentiate instruction to accommodate students with different learning styles. Develop skills that will ease you and your classroom into a 21st century technology learning environment.

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