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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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Developing an Awareness of Students with Disabilities
ED 6231 01
Elana Betts
  • Spring 2015
  • Mar 28 to Apr 12
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Montgomery Co IU

Develop a greater awareness of emotional, behavioral and mental difficulties that affect students and the classroom environment. Focus on mental illnesses, conduct disorders, attention deficit disorders as well as hearing and visual impairments. Participate in creating strategies to deal with various special needs students and for developing materials to be used effectively in the classroom. Course includes film clips, speakers, activities, self-assessment, lecture, journals, brainstorming, role-playing and group work.

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Ceramics - Raku, Advanced
VPAS 513NM 01
James Pastore
  • Spring 2015
  • Mar 07 to Mar 22
  • 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, Introductory
VPAS 512NM 01
James Pastore
  • Spring 2015
  • Mar 07 to Mar 22
  • 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: Traditional Jewelry Techniques, Advanced
VPAS 519NM 01
TBA
  • Spring 2015
  • Mar 28 to Apr 19
  • 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
TBA
  • Spring 2015
  • Mar 28 to Apr 19
  • 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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Building Self-Esteem
ED 6382 01
TBA
  • Spring 2015
  • Mar 09 to Mar 15
  • Fri, Sat, Sun 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bucks County IU

In this course, educators are given strategies to help children and their families deal with complicated or traumatic life events and situations and build self-esteem through music, art, puppetry, role-playing and literature. Applicable for teachers of students in grades PreK-8.

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Children At Risk: Depression and Suicide In Youth
EDUC 580NM 01
Elana Betts
  • Spring 2015
  • Feb 21 to Feb 28
  • Feb 23 to Mar 05
  • Sat 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Mon, Wed, Thu 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Montgomery Co IU

    According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth 15-24 year of ages in the United States. Suicide is also becoming more prevalent in children younger than 15. Educators need to be aware of the warning signs for depression and suicide to provide timely assistance to students who are suffering. While it is important for school counselors and social workers to recognize the signs, it is also important for teachers. Since teachers have the most contact with students, they may see the signs sooner and be able to help students obtain the help they need more quickly.

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    Conflict Resolution: Bullying
    EDUC 504NM 01
    TBA
    • Spring 2015
    • Mar 10 to Mar 29
    • Sat, Sun 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Bucks County IU

    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 Websites for Teachers
    ETEC 511NM 01
    TBA
    • Spring 2015
    • Feb 16 to Mar 08
    • Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    UArts

    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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    Digital Citizenship/Digital Literacy in Today's K-12 Classroom
    ETEC 515NM 01
    Scott Duggan
    • Spring 2015
    • Jan 27 to Mar 16
    • Wed, Thu 4:30 PM - 9:30 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 Citizenship/Digital Literacy in Today's K-12 Classroom
    ETEC 515NM 02
    Kenneth Kay
    • Spring 2015
    • Feb 07 to Mar 01
    • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Montgomery Co 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 Communication in the Classroom
    ETEC 508NM 01
    Scott Duggan
    • Spring 2015
    • Jan 26 to Mar 11
    • Mon, Wed 5:00 PM - 8:00 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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