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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.

Summer 2018

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: Traditional Jewelry Techniques, Advanced I
VPAS 519NM 01
Christopher Darway
  • Summer 2018
  • Jun 25 to Jun 29
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wayne Art Center

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, Advanced II
VPAS 561NM 01
Christopher Darway
  • Summer 2018
  • Jun 25 to Jun 29
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wayne Art Center

Further advance your abilities in the process of working with metals and understanding of the technical requirements needed to bring these skills into the curriculum. Participants expand on projects using fabrication techniques such as hollow construction, linkage, chain making, forming and fabrication. Projects are adaptable for K-12 students, particularly in the areas of knowledge of 3-D concepts and construction.

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Traditional Jewelry Techniques, Introductory
VPAS 518NM 01
Christopher Darway
  • Summer 2018
  • Jun 25 to Jun 29
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wayne Art Center

This course is an introduction to 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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A Is for Everything - How Typography Shapes Our Language and Culture
STPS 601NM 01
Kevin Mercer, TBA
  • Summer 2018
  • Jul 23 to Jul 27
  • Jul 25 to Jul 25
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wed 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • UArts

    Using type specimens, printed ephemera, and design examples from the Library of Congress digital collections, participants will trace histories, narratives, and connections in parallel with our diverse cultural experiences and visual language. We regularly interact with typefaces and designs that were forged thousands of years ago. Over 500 years ago, Johannes Gutenberg's invention of movable type created an explosion of shared knowledge, history, and visual language that continues to evolve in contemporary culture. This course will explore meaning and subject matter through type design. Collaborative exercises will encourage participants to think critically and openly about how type and design shapes our language and visual culture. Site visits include collections in the Philadelphia region, with guest lectures and an artist studio visit. Content is appropriate to a range of subject areas, from art and design, to history, science and technology.

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    A Is for Everything - How Typography Shapes Our Language and Culture
    ED 8139 01
    Kevin Mercer
    • Summer 2018
    • Jul 23 to Jul 27
    • Jul 25 to Jul 25
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wed 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • UArts

    Using type specimens, printed ephemera, and design examples from the Library of Congress digital collections, participants will trace histories, narratives, and connections in parallel with our diverse cultural experiences and visual language. We regularly interact with typefaces and designs that were forged thousands of years ago. Over 500 years ago, Johannes Gutenberg's invention of movable type created an explosion of shared knowledge, history, and visual language that continues to evolve in contemporary culture. This course will explore meaning and subject matter through type design. Collaborative exercises will encourage participants to think critically and openly about how type and design shapes our language and visual culture. Site visits include collections in the Philadelphia region, with guest lectures and an artist studio visit. Content is appropriate to a range of subject areas, from art and design, to history, science and technology.

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    Blended + Flipped Learning: What is it All About?
    ETEC 516NM 01
    Maria Geiger
    • Summer 2018
    • Jun 20 to Jul 18
    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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    Comics + Graphic Novels As Primary Sources
    UTPS 505NM 01
    Ian Sampson
    • Summer 2018
    • Jul 23 to Jul 27
    • Jul 23 to Aug 03
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • UArts

    This course provides a general overview of the history of comics and graphic novels, particularly as a medium for storytelling and social commentary in the United States, using the resources of the Library of Congress. Participants consider visual literacy, basic narrative techniques, the combination of image and text, as well as historical context to better understand and analyze this art form. Participants in this course will plan lessons around this visual resource, exploring the potential impact to engage students with discussions and creative activities. Projects include researching and evaluating comic resources, group readings and discussions, hands-on drawing and printing activities, lesson plan development, and more. Content is appropriate to a range of subject areas as connections to history, social science, identity, artistic expression and visual literacy are explored.

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    Comics + Graphic Novels As Primary Sources
    ED 8136 01
    Ian Sampson
    • Summer 2018
    • Jul 23 to Jul 27
    • Jul 23 to Aug 03
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • UArts

    This course provides a general overview of the history of comics and graphic novels, particularly as a medium for storytelling and social commentary in the United States, using the resources of the Library of Congress. Participants consider visual literacy, basic narrative techniques, the combination of image and text, as well as historical context to better understand and analyze this art form. Participants in this course will plan lessons around this visual resource, exploring the potential impact to engage students with discussions and creative activities. Projects include researching and evaluating comic resources, group readings and discussions, hands-on drawing and printing activities, lesson plan development, and more. Content is appropriate to a range of subject areas as connections to history, social science, identity, artistic expression and visual literacy are explored.

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    Computational Thinking: Coding for Beginners
    ETEC 520NM 01
    Kenneth Kay
    • Summer 2018
    • Jun 19 to Jul 17
    CS Online Course

    Computer programming embodies problem-solving, creativity, and communication. Coding, in particular, encourages perseverance, collaboration, and inquiry through authentic applications. This course will help teachers get started with age-appropriate coding activities, tools, and unplugged tasks to introduce their students to computational thinking while aligning with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). All tools are free and visual-based and as such do not require memorization of syntax. This is an introductory course for teachers who do not have a programming background. If you can drag and drop and/or use the arrow keys, then you are ready to start coding.

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    Current Trends + Issues in Special Education: Universal Access to Curriculum
    STIP 603NM 01
    Tina Pisch
    • Summer 2018
    • Jul 16 to Aug 06
    CS Online Course

    The focus of this course is on current trends and issues in special education related to high and low incidence disabilities. Educators will complete individual projects of interest and teacher voice/advocacy for positive change across multiple areas of special education and related services. Topics include: Neurodiverse Populations, Planning and Promoting Inclusive Practice, Universal Access to Curriculum, Collaboration with Parents, General Education Teachers and Paraprofessionals, Development of Peer Supports, Behavior Supports, and Social Skills and Post Secondary Outcomes for Students with Disabilities.

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    Digital Communication in the Classroom
    ETEC 508NM 01
    Cynthia Willits
    • Summer 2018
    • Jun 21 to Jul 19
    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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    Digital Writing Workshop: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres
    LITY 519NM 01
    Maria Geiger
    • Summer 2018
    • Jun 21 to Jul 19
    CS Online Course

    The course is an introduction to digital writing, designed for 5th-12th grade educators. Educators will explore and implement instructional strategies around digital writing through diverse digital expressions that engage educators in writing grounded within highly digital lives. You will focus on in-depth guidance and feedback to help your students craft digital writing, replete with technology resources and tools for creating a wide range of digital writing activities, units, and assessments.

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