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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: Ceramic Tile + Mosaics, Advanced
VPAS 517NM 01
James Pastore
  • Fall 2015
  • Oct 10 to Oct 25
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
GoggleWorks

Create large and small-scale ceramic mosiac constructions through the use of line drawings, freehand sketches, slide transfers or with computer assistance. Participants work on more advanced techniques and projects, with more complex concepts and critiques. Application to classroom use is considered.

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Ceramics Tile + Mosaics, Introductory
VPAS 516NM 01
James Pastore
  • Fall 2015
  • Oct 10 to Oct 25
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
GoggleWorks

Create large and small-scale ceramic mosaics constructions through the use of line drawings, freehand sketches, slide transfers or with computer assistance. Learn techniques such as plaster mold castings for tile replication opportunities, the use of plastic patterns or one-of-a-kind fabrications. Mounting and hanging are covered as well. Content open to all teachers with an interest in producing tiles; application to classroom use is considered.

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Traditional Jewelry Techniques, Advanced
VPAS 519NM 01
Christopher Darway
  • Fall 2015
  • Oct 31 to Nov 15
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
GoggleWorks

Participants expand on projects using fabrication techniques such as hollow construction, linkage, chain making, forming and fabrication. This course furthers the process of working with metals and the understanding of the technical requirements needed to bring these skills into the curriculum. Content applicable to K-12 art classrooms, particularly to expand knowledge of 3-D concepts and construction with students.

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Traditional Jewelry Techniques, Introductory
VPAS 518NM 01
Christopher Darway
  • Fall 2015
  • Oct 31 to Nov 15
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
GoggleWorks

This course is an introduction to beginning traditional jewelry techniques and metalwork. Participants learn basic fabrication techniques such as hollow construction, linkage, chain making, forming and fabrication. With demonstrations, discussions and hands-on projects, this course provides an overview to the vocabulary and process of working with metals and an understanding of the technical requirements and considerations to bring these skills into the curriculum. Content applicable to K-12 art classrooms, particularly to expand knowledge of 3-D concepts and construction with students. No previous jewelry experience required.

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Classroom Management for Inclusive Classrooms
INCL 502NM 01
TBA
  • Fall 2015
  • Sep 14 to Nov 01
  • Thu 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Philadelphia Academy

This course provides strategies for managing individual student and group behavior in the classroom. Develop a framework for understanding why children behave as they do in a classroom setting. Major concepts such as the drive to belong, private logic, birth order, goals of misbehavior, logical consequences, reflective listening, questioning skills and class meetings are explored. Examine types of patterns in students' behaviors: attention getting, power struggles, revenge actions, and students who appear to be academically disabled but are not. Additionally, consider the links between the way adults respond to misbehaving children and how that response either feeds, extinguishes or has no effect on the target behavior. This course is a study of understanding for an inclusive classroom and examining adult response patterns to children's misbehavior. Techniques include discussion, lecture, self-reflection and case study evaluation of real-life classroom situations. Practical application for K-12 teachers in all subject areas.

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Conflict Resolution: Bullying
EDUC 504NM 01
TBA
  • Fall 2015
  • Nov 02 to Dec 20
  • Mon 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Philadelphia Academy

Children who are comfortable in their own skin are more likely to respect and appreciate others and grow into caring, healthy and productive adults. Using art, music, puppetry, role-playing and creative expression, this course provides strategies to help kids improve their relationships through effective communication, especially in handling conflict and anger. Subjects include expressing and understanding emotions, verbal and nonverbal language cues, anger management and conflict resolution, listening, problem solving, decision making and parenting.

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Creating Multicultural Environments in the Classroom
EDUC 505NM 01
TBA
  • Fall 2015
  • Sep 14 to Nov 01
  • Thu 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Philadelphia Academy

This course assists K-12 educators in recognizing the importance of affirming the cultural identities of students and helping them to respect cultural differences in others. Participants develop resources, tools and methods to increase cultural awareness in the classroom across the curriculum. Activities encourage students to understand and honor diversity, both in their schools and in the larger community. This course focuses on methods to weave tolerance and understanding into existing curricular units and lesson plans.

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Differentiated Instruction Using Educational Technology
ETEC 602NM 01
Kristen Ferrari
  • Fall 2015
  • Nov 02 to Dec 20
  • Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Chester County IU

Many current studies on the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools conclude that its appropriate use yields higher results in student achievement and engagement. Additionally, the thoughtful use of technology in the classroom is tied to decreased exhibition of inappropriate behaviors, increased confidence and loweredstudent absenteeism among at-risk populations. However, an understanding of the rationale for and the process of integrating technology with regular content area instruction is not widely seen throughout all K-12 schools in the United States. Differentiated Instruction Using Educational Technology prepares educators to use technology in the classroom to reach all types of learners. Teachers learn to identify which educational technology tools, resources and applications will work best for their specific population and how technology can help them increase the engagement and achievement of all students.

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Digital Citizenship/Digital Literacy in Today's K-12 Classroom
ETEC 515NM 01
Kenneth Kay
  • Fall 2015
  • Sep 14 to Nov 01
  • Thu 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Chester County IU

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 Storytelling in the Classroom
ETEC 502NM 01
TBA
  • Fall 2015
  • Nov 09 to Dec 06
CS Online Course

Learn how reading, math and social studies assignments can be transformed into digital storytelling adventures. Participants investigate a variety of interdisciplinary projects with photography and videography, inspiring both themselves and their students to reflect thoughtfully and creatively. Digital stories come in many different flavors, from the creation of simple audio offerings to basic multimedia projects. This course incorporates a range of current technology options. No previous experience with digital photography or video editing necessary.

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Exploring Literacy Through Poetry, Introductory
LITY 504NM 01
Anne Bair, Donna Popp
  • Fall 2015
  • Sep 14 to Oct 28
  • Mon, Wed 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Philadelphia Academy

Participants learn basic skills and strategies for the classroom while improving their own poetry and writing techniques. References, resources and materials necessary for the development of fundamental and advanced poetry and writing skills are emphasized. Topics include poetry readiness from couplet to quatrain to completed poem; writers' resources, from books to the Internet; poetry for profit, with outlets for students and teachers; integrating poetry with mathematics and science; and narrative and historical poetry. Develop poetry centers, PowerPoint presentations and web activities to support integrating poetry across the curriculum.

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Foundations of Literacy in the Classroom
LITY 500NM 01
Thomas Palumbo
  • Fall 2015
  • Oct 10 to Oct 25
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Philadelphia Academy

Literacy is the foundation for student achievement regardless of the subject matter. This course provides K-8 educators with tools and strategies needed to teach the foundational skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening and language using best instructional practices, differentiated instruction and formative/substantive assessment. Curriculum design and classroom organization to optimize learned best practice are examined. Each participant contributes to the group's learning by researching teaching skills in one of the five foundational areas and presenting that research to the class. Participants then practice teaching skills from each foundational area in both small group and individual mock scenarios and develop lesson plans and classroom design models that enhance instruction and learning.

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