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PIE + MEd Graduate Course Catalogue

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

Winter/Spring 2017
Summer 2017
2017 MEd Catalogue
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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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Computational Thinking: Coding for Beginners
ETEC 520NM 01
Kenneth Kay
  • Summer 2017
  • Jul 18 to Aug 15
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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Creating Classroom Community Through the Arts
INCL 515NM 01
Tina Pisch
  • Summer 2017
  • Jun 16 to Jun 21
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Bucks County IU

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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Creating Classroom Community Through the Arts
INCL 515NM 02
Tina Pisch
  • Summer 2017
  • Jun 12 to Jun 21
  • Jun 17 to Jun 17
  • Mon, Wed 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sat 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Bucks County IU

    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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    Design Thinking for Educators
    VPAS 575NM 01
    Phil Holcombe VI
    • Summer 2017
    • Jul 17 to Jul 28
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Philadelphia Academy

    Gain a thorough understanding of Design Thinking principles through hands-on techniques and exercises to take back to the classroom. Course participants will prototype solutions to problems of practice. Central to the course is the question, how can Design Thinking be used to teach 21st century skills creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking?

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    Differentiated Instruction
    INCL 508NM 01
    Tina Pisch
    • Summer 2017
    • Jul 17 to Jul 28
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Philadelphia Academy

    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 Communication in the Classroom
    ETEC 508NM 01
    TBA
    • Summer 2017
    • Jul 10 to Aug 07
    CS Online Course

    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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    Digital Writing Workshop: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres
    LITY 519NM 01
    Kenneth Kay
    • Summer 2017
    • Jul 19 to Aug 16
    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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    Driving Creativity: Developing Original Ideas
    PRES 510NM 01
    TBA
    • Summer 2017
    • Jul 10 to Jul 14
    • Jul 10 to Jul 14
    • Mon, Thu 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    When two worlds intersect, the meeting and merging of different ideas can lead to new insights and creations. By drawing inspiration from points-of-view other than our own, it can push us past our own boundaries. Art is the convergence of many of these intersections and perspectives and it can also inspire our minds to think in divergent ways. The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites K-12 teachers to use art as the spark to break us out of our everyday thought patterns, connect the unexpected, and explore myriad points of view. By practicing these skills, we can train our minds to develop original ideas.

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    Engagement Matters: Formative Assessment Using Web-Based Technology
    ETEC 535NM 01
    Joseph Bires
    • Summer 2017
    • Jul 24 to Aug 04
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Chester County IU

    Frequent feedback is central to learning. Frequent feedback as part of a formative assessment strategy supports students to do work that they are proud of, and motivates students to meet challenges. This course focuses on relevant, real-time, personal, practical feedback to inform different stages of the learning process. In what ways can you provide feedback that students will build on, understand, and use? You will test a host of free technologies that support formative assessment and help to create a classroom culture of feedback grounded in student interests, passions, and authentic response.

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    Foundations of Educational Technology
    ETEC 500NM 01
    Scott Duggan
    • Summer 2017
    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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    Foundations of Integrating the Arts into the Classroom
    VPAS 500NM 01
    Carol Royer
    • Summer 2017
    • Jul 10 to Jul 14
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    UArts

    Brain based research indicates that integrating arts learning into the curriculum assists learners in the full acquisition of new knowledge. This course builds on educators existing knowledge base in the arts and teaches them to apply current research techniques and strategies to the development and implementation of their arts curricula. Educators study the research about arts learning and how it can increase the likelihood that students will acquire a deeper understanding of content and develop higher retention levels.

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    Google Apps for Education
    ETEC 519NM 01
    Scott Duggan
    • Summer 2017
    • Aug 07 to Aug 11
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Unionville ES

    Does your school use Google Apps for Education, but you are unsure as to how to best use it to serve your classroom needs? Do you have a basic understanding of Google Apps. but would love to know more? Would you benefit from exploring Google Apps' formative assessment features and terrific assignment feedback functions? How about the ease of data collection, analysis and interpretation? Creating and building educator communities? This course will serve as a jumping off point as to how Google Apps will integrate seamlessly into the classroom experience for you and your students.

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