Moving Beyond Remediation to Empower Sustainable Learning

(Grades K-12) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 154T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC42546

Course Description

Do you often find yourself feeling frustrated because despite your best efforts, students appear to be slipping backwards instead of steadily moving forward? Are you finding it difficult to move past remediation so that your teaching practices can become more sustainable? The pandemic turned the educational landscape upside down, with many teachers finding themselves reteaching skills and standards from prior years before launching into their grade-level content. This online course is designed to equip K-12 teachers with the tools they need to target students with varying academic needs who are at different readiness levels so that they can successfully take on their grade-level content. The course begins by outlining the steps to properly identify the essential standards and pre-requisite skills required to make learning more sustainable. From there, teachers will learn how to prioritize critical skills and adjust their year-long scope and sequence accordingly. Teachers will explore how to utilize pre-assessment, as well as formative and summative assessments to monitor student progress. Guided by an MTSS framework, teachers will learn to tailor their instruction of essential standards into Tiers 1, 2, and 3. Teachers will explore several strategies for involving students in the learning process thereby keeping them more engaged. Finally, teachers will learn how to switch their mindsets from one of a loss perspective to that which strives to make the teaching process more sustainable. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident and successful in their quest to attack the unique barriers that exist in terms of learning and knowledge retention so that students can get on the road to recovery as quickly and as efficiently as possible. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Division of Extended Studies. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$120 with the 20% discount tier

Course with Credit from UCSD

$304 with the 20% discount tier

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UCSD.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.

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UCSD Course Number: EDUC42546
Unit One
  • The Movement into Digital Learning
  • The Inequities of Digital Learning
  • The Effects of the Pandemic on Students
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Altering Our Response to Learning Deficits
  • Switching Mindsets
  • Finding a Sustainable Path Forward
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • Prioritizing Critical Skills
  • Adjusting Year-Long Scope and Sequence
  • First Few Weeks of School
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • Creating Quality Pre-Assessments
  • Creating Quality Formative Assessments
  • Creating Quality Summative Assessments
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • Sustained Learning Logistics
  • Strategies to Involve Students in the Learning Process
  • Schoolwide Supports
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • Sustainable Teaching in Community: Utilizing PLCs
  • Embracing MTSS to Address Learning Gaps
  • Communicating and Collaborating within a MTSS Framework
  • Assignment #4: Design MTSS activities
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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