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PIE + MEd Graduate Course Catalog

A complete listing of courses + course descriptions for all programs offered through the Professional Institute for Educators + MEd Programs.

Fall 2018 + Spring 2019

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 Printing in the K-12 Classroom
ETEC 530NM 01
Christopher Sweeney
  • Spring 2019
  • Jan 19 to Feb 23
  • Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
UArts

Have you heard about 3D printing and wondered, how can I get started in my classroom? Have you tried 3D printing, yet you are looking for some guidance around its sustained use and utiliy? Some examples of 3-D printing in the classroom include topography, complex molecules, architectural designs, cross-sections of organs, artifacts, prototypes, modified robot parts... the list is boundless! In this course, you will learn how to print in 3-D, and how to make 3-D printing a reality in your classroom.

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Ceramic Tile + Mosaics, Advanced
VPAS 517NM 01
Matthew Courtney
  • Spring 2019
  • Mar 16 to Mar 30
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UArts

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, Advanced II
VPAS 560NM 01
Matthew Courtney
  • Spring 2019
  • Mar 16 to Mar 30
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UArts

Develop advanced skills in ceramic tile and mosaics, using techniques involving plaster mold castings for tile replication, as well as various glazing options. Build your personal repertoire of tile and mosaic skills, and learn how to think and work three-dimensionally. Projects are adaptable for K-12 teachers across content areas.

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Ceramics Tile + Mosaics, Introductory
VPAS 516NM 01
Matthew Courtney
  • Spring 2019
  • Mar 16 to Mar 30
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UArts

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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Blended + Flipped Learning: What is it All About?
ETEC 516NM 01
Maria Geiger
  • Fall 2018
  • Oct 01 to Oct 29
CS Online Course

Are you looking to expand your knowledge of- and ways to best facilitate- blended and flipped learning? We will explore multiple ways to optimize- and to comfortably and appropriately balance- classroom time and at-home time within blended and flipped formats. Begin to experiment with flipped classroom practices using free classroom resources. Learn how to flip learning in any environment, even with limited online access and/or limited devices. How might you use structures that are already in place, such as stations and clusters, to tailor the best learning experience for students in your classroom? Open to K-12 educators who have experience at all levels of blended learning and flipped classroom implementation.

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Blended + Flipped Learning: What is it All About?
ETEC 516NM 01
Maria Geiger
  • Spring 2019
  • Feb 04 to Mar 04
CS Online Course

Are you looking to expand your knowledge of- and ways to best facilitate- blended and flipped learning? We will explore multiple ways to optimize- and to comfortably and appropriately balance- classroom time and at-home time within blended and flipped formats. Begin to experiment with flipped classroom practices using free classroom resources. Learn how to flip learning in any environment, even with limited online access and/or limited devices. How might you use structures that are already in place, such as stations and clusters, to tailor the best learning experience for students in your classroom? Open to K-12 educators who have experience at all levels of blended learning and flipped classroom implementation.

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Classroom As Makerspace
ETEC 533NM 01
TBA
  • Spring 2019
  • Feb 09 to Apr 20
  • Sat 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
UArts

Have you considered designing a makerspace- a creative, DIY center where students can gather to create, invent, and learn- in your classroom, but you're unsure how to get started? Would you like to know how best to structure learning within this makerspace, for a particular grade level or subject area? Have you tried to integrate a makerspace and would like to learn more about best practices? Educators will leave this course with the ability to plan and develop a low-cost makerspace to use with students for the design of creative projects to deepen understanding of content though hands-on, self-directed learning.

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Classroom Management for Inclusive Classrooms
INCL 502NM 01
Rupananda Misra
  • Spring 2019
  • Feb 04 to Mar 08
CS Online Course

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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Creating Classroom Community Through the Arts
INCL 515NM 01
Rupananda Misra
  • Fall 2018
  • Oct 01 to Nov 02
CS Online Course

Creating a classroom community through music, dance and theater introduces strategies for educators to incorporate elements of arts-based thematic instruction. Educators will use guided discovery, movement, imagery, spatial concepts, choreography, musical and rhythmic accompaniment and group theater games to promote positive relationships and academic achievement. This course will be facilitated by the instructor within a collaborative and cooperative framework, building upon current educational philosophies and practices, including Responsive Classroom. Instruction will be transparent, in that educators will be engaged in learning activities, which they may choose to adapt to meet the needs and developmental levels of their own students. Each class session will begin with a Circle of Power and Respect, interactive activities, and processing techniques derived from Restorative Practices. Application of learning from previous courses will be integrated into daily reflections and into the final project. Educators will collaboratively prepare projects in class and will be expected to continue this creative process outside of class, refining their thematic unit/'work of art' and reflecting on classroom experience. Educators will be encouraged to actively participate in theater games and activities, experiment with various theater techniques, and design theater, dance or music-based thematic units integrating standards-based curriculum and IEP goals.

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Differentiated Instruction
INCL 508NM 01
Tina Pisch
  • Spring 2019
  • Jan 29 to Mar 01
  • Tue, Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 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 in Today's K-12 Classroom
ETEC 515NM 01
Cynthia Willits
  • Spring 2019
  • Mar 04 to Apr 05
CS Online Course

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
Cynthia Willits
  • Spring 2019
  • Jan 07 to Feb 08
CS Online Course

Digital communication, the exchange of information using diverse media, is central to today's schools and classrooms. Students and teachers interact using blogs, wikis, fora, discussion boards, and much more. This course explores the opportunities that digital communication can present in the classroom setting, and how digital communication strategies can effectively support and enhance the curriculum.

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