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Red Arrow 21st Century Thinking Skills that Promote College and Career Readiness (K-12)

Do the phrases college and career ready and 21st century skills keep popping up on your radar? Are you wondering exactly what they mean and what you can do as a teacher to help your students become better thinkers and learners? This online course is designed for K-12 teachers who are looking to explore strategies for incorporating students’ higher-order thinking skills into their classroom practices. In doing so, students become critical and creative thinkers and communicators who are able to work collaboratively while embracing others’ diverse cultural perspectives in a global community of 21st century learners. This course begins by discussing how the age of acceleration has shifted how students are taught so that their very important social-emotional skills are embraced, skills which are essential to college and career readiness in the 21st century. Teachers will learn how to create a culturally relevant and globally accessible classroom environment that embraces the “6Cs of education.” Teachers will take a deep dive into these six components of 21st century learning (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, culture, and civic and global readiness). By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident in their quest to implement these essential 21st century thinking skills successfully into their own teaching practices.

Red Arrow Active and Hands-On Science Instruction (K-6)

With the advent of the new science standards, are you finding it increasingly difficult to make science more interesting and “hands-on?” In order to create student interest and fascination in science, teachers need to design curriculum where students do not simply learn about science, but also “do” science. This online course is designed for K-6 teachers who are interested in learning a variety of ways to enhance their science instruction through active, hands-on experiences, while at the same time being able to “hit” the various standards. Teachers will gain a variety of ideas for conducting hands-on experiments and investigations, establishing science learning stations, integrating science with other content areas, and using technology to enhance science instruction. Time will also be spent on introducing ways to integrate science into other content areas including language arts and math. Teachers will also learn specific strategies for making science motivating so that even their hardest-to-reach student populations (which include English language learners and students with special needs) will be able to make sense of the new science standards in an engaging and fun way.

Red Arrow Addressing the Needs of Diverse Populations (K-5)

As your classroom becomes increasingly diverse, are you finding it more difficult to meet student needs at their individual levels? It doesn’t matter if you are new to the teaching profession or a seasoned veteran, trying to determine and support the diverse needs of your students can be overwhelming. The good news is that it does not have to be, as it is possible to address a multitude of learning needs using some of the strategies outlined in this course. This online course is designed for K-5 teachers who are looking to expand their current toolbox of strategies to address the diverse learning needs of students with ADHD, anxiety, linguistically diverse students, as well as those who have been identified as gifted and talented. Teachers will learn specific strategies to empower their students to succeed while simultaneously understanding their specific academic and social challenges. Additionally, teachers will learn the important role that culture plays in a diverse classroom, as well as specific strategies for engaging all learning styles in every lesson (visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic). Teachers will also learn how Tier 1, 2, and 3 interventions can be used to address the diverse learning needs of their students vis-à-vis the MTSS (multi-tiered system of support) framework. Finally, teachers will learn specific strategies for engaging families and the overall school community so that all learning needs can be identified, encouraged, and supported. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident and successful in their quest to address the vast array of learning needs in their diverse classrooms.

Red Arrow Anti-Bullying Strategies for Primary Grades (K-3)

Are you looking for ways to curb bullying behavior? This course will inform classroom teachers about bullying at the K-3 grade levels. Teachers will learn about the myths, facts, research, and current events that surround bullying and the major impact bullying has on learning. Teachers will be introduced to the different types of bullying and the various roles involved including bully, victim, and bystander. Effective strategies will be covered to help teachers assess, prevent, and reduce bullying in the classroom and school. Such strategies include creating positive relationships with students and integrating cooperative learning and character education into the curriculum. Teachers will understand how to properly intervene during incidents of bullying and learn how to create a safe learning environment for students. Teachers will also learn how to make parents their partners in bullying prevention.

Red Arrow Best Practices for a Successful Primary Classroom (K-3)

Do you need help keeping your young students engaged and focused? This course is designed for primary teachers who are in need of learning best practices for creating and managing a successful primary classroom. This course covers strategies for implementing the new 21st century standards, while managing time so that all content is covered. Behavioral issues and overall classroom management techniques help teachers manage their classrooms more successfully so they have time for what is most important—meeting the needs of their students. Teachers will learn how to maximize the resources they have available to them as well as find innovative ways to gain more resources at little-to-no cost. This course also provides successful strategies for gaining students’ attention and interest, and truly engaging them in lessons. Mainstreaming English language learners and students with special needs is also covered in depth.

Red Arrow Building Critical Social and Emotional Skills Using Literature (K-12)

Do you wish you had an appropriate and engaging way to address social and emotional issues? Do you like to use authentic literature in your classroom teaching? SEL is a process for learning essential life skills such as decision making, problem solving, effective communication, empathy, perseverance, and coping, just to name a few. Teachers are searching for the most effective ways to introduce and teach appropriate social and emotional skills in the classroom as they relate to sensitive issues, many of which are beyond their control. This course provides the perfect approach by using high-quality literature to deal with sensitive issues from tattling and appropriately developing friendships, to depression, stress and anxiety, bullying, substance abuse, and others. Teachers will be provided with thorough background information on each topic as well as the implications for the classroom environment and teaching. Then, a minimum of two books are shared for each topic along with three-to-five lesson plans for each title. The course introduces lesson plans for over twenty chapter books and thirteen picture books. An additional list of picture books and novels are shared for every single social and emotional topic presented in the course.

Red Arrow Character Education for the 21st Century (K-12)

Does it often seem that students are lacking good character? Do you believe if your students had better character they would be better behaved in class? Incorporating character education into your daily lessons can help your classroom run more effectively. This online course is designed to guide teachers through the six pillars of character education — trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Teachers will explore innovative ways to incorporate each of the six pillars into their daily lessons so that students are better able to make the right choices when confronted with problem situations. Throughout the course, teachers will learn specific strategies for incorporating the six pillars into their daily lessons through the use of scenarios, classroom activities, service learning projects, and literature. Teachers will learn about the relationship between character education and bullying, and how behaviors can be managed through the use of good character and strong, positive, inclusive classroom practices.

Red Arrow Classroom Management Survival Course (K-8)

How many times have you thought that you could accomplish a great deal more in the classroom if only your students would just behave? This online course focuses on helping teachers explore a variety of classroom management strategies. Teachers will learn many useful and practical techniques for working with students. A particular focus is effective strategies for working with special populations such as difficult students, English language learners, and students with learning disabilities. Teachers will also spend time learning about the importance of establishing clear and concise classroom rules and routines. Character education will also be introduced as it relates to classroom management. Teachers will also learn the benefits of cooperative learning in creating a positive classroom environment. Conflict resolution strategies that can be taught to students will also be explored, particularly within the context of bullying situations. Finally, teachers will learn how to properly and effectively create individualized behavior plans.

Red Arrow Comprehension: The Key to Successful Reading (K-3)

Do you have students who read all the words correctly and then have no idea what they just read? This online course focuses on improving students’ comprehension skills. The course begins by offering three different options for assessing comprehension including retelling, cloze procedure, and miscue analysis. Then, teachers are introduced to a wealth of strategies that can improve and support a reader’s comprehension. Strategies presented include: anticipation guides, DRTA, guided reading, and reciprocal teaching. Teachers will also learn how to effectively formulate comprehension questions across a variety of different levels. Teachers will understand the role that text structure plays and how it impacts students’ comprehension. Finally, teachers will understand how vocabulary affects comprehension.

Red Arrow Conquering the Behavioral Challenges of Special Needs Students (K-2)

Are you struggling with the behavioral challenges of your special education students? This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-2 who want to learn how to incorporate behavior interventions for special education students who have been diagnosed with disorders such as autism spectrum disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Information on behavior management is shared with a specific focus on a tiered system of behavioral support, implementing IEPs, functional behavior analysis, and behavior intervention plans. Specific strategies are introduced to help teachers support special education students who struggle behaviorally. The importance of developing routines and utilizing reinforcement techniques are also emphasized. Finally, teachers will learn how to establish effective and supportive parental involvement.

Red Arrow Content Area Multi-Sensory Teaching for Students with Special Needs (K-5)

As your classroom becomes more diverse, are you finding it increasingly difficult to meet the needs of your students, especially those with learning disabilities? Perhaps you are concerned because your diverse students just don't seem to be "getting it" no matter what you try. This online course is designed for K-5 teachers who wish to explore methods for incorporating a variety of multi-sensory strategies into their teaching repertoire in an effort to help those students with special learning needs. Teachers will be introduced to the basic outline of multi-sensory teaching, and will learn a variety of strategies to "meet students where they are" in terms of their visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile learning preferences in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Teachers will also learn how to integrate the arts in multiple ways in order to support these learning preferences. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident implementing a variety of multi-sensory teaching techniques into their classrooms so their most at-risk students can succeed.

Red Arrow Creating a Dynamic Classroom Through Project-Based Learning

Does the phrase project-based learning seem entirely foreign to you? Perhaps you’ve heard about it but it seems much too complicated to incorporate into your current teaching practices? The good news is that it doesn’t need to be. Also known as PBL, project-based learning is a great way to engage students so that they are challenged to use their higher-order 21st century skills as they collaborate to learn content in a fun and exciting way. This online course is designed for K-5 teachers who are looking to explore how PBL can fit into their current curriculums. In doing so, students become immersed in the guided inquiry process. As they work through a variety of projects, they become critical and creative thinkers and communicators who are able to work collaboratively while embracing what has become known as Gold Standard PBL. This course begins by discussing the role that PBL plays in 21st century learning. As teachers progress through the course, they will take a deep dive into each of PBL’s essential components. Teachers will learn how to effectively implement each of the components throughout several content areas, including reading, math, science, engineering, and social studies. Teachers will learn strategies for establishing a PBL mindset in their classrooms and they will learn how to “marry” some “out of the box” strategies such within the PBL framework. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident and successful in their quest to implement project-based learning into their own teaching practices.

Red Arrow The Daily 5 (K-3)

Do you find that working with small reading and writing groups at the primary level is a less than ideal situation? Are students constantly interrupting your small group instruction for directions and clarifications? This online course introduces the Daily 5, a framework for structuring the time students spend working on literacy. This literacy block routine is structured in such a way that an entire classroom of students is engaged in deliberate, thoughtful, interesting, and fun activities which are focused on literacy while the teacher meets with small groups or individuals to provide targeted instruction. This course provides an in-depth look at the core components of the Daily 5 structure including Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Word Work, and Listen to Reading. Participants will learn about the overall structure of the Daily 5, including how to introduce all five components through specific foundation lessons. Strategies will be offered for differentiation and assessment.

Red Arrow Data-Driven Instruction (K-12)

Are your students learning? Most teachers would emphatically say, "Yes!" without a moment's hesitation. But, how exactly do you know this to be true? What kind of data do you have to back it up? This online course is designed for K-12 teachers who want to not only learn about the data-driven decision-making process, but who want to dig deep into the data to help them further drive their instruction for the benefit of all students. In addition to learning about the different phases of the data-driven process, teachers will also learn how to "read" and analyze data so that any newly-discovered trends and weaknesses can be turned into concrete learning and understanding. Teachers will also learn about the role they play in guiding students to perform their best, using data to support their instructional decisions. Teachers will learn several data-driven instruction best practices as well as how to use various types of data to their utmost advantage, employing technology as much as possible.

Red Arrow Developing Phonemic Awareness in Emergent Readers (PreK-2)

Do you find yourself struggling to find effective strategies for teaching the foundational skills of reading? This online course focuses on developing a child’s phonemic awareness to prepare him or her to be a successful reader. The course begins with phonemic awareness assessment options. Based on the assessment results, the teacher can determine which strategies are most appropriate for each student. Instructional strategies presented in the course include: blending, rhyming, alliteration, onset and rime, syllable segmentation, and many more. Teachers will also be introduced to the connection between phonemic awareness and writing. Teachers will also learn how to use the language experience approach to reinforce basic phonemic skills and concepts. Teachers will understand the importance of teaching high frequency and sight words. Finally, teachers will learn how to build the important home-school connection so that basic skills learned in the classroom can be practiced and reinforced at home.

Red Arrow Developmentally Appropriate Content Activities for Early Learners (PreK-2)

As long as a classroom activity is designed for a specific grade level, then that must mean it is developmentally appropriate, right? Wrong! Developmentally appropriate activities are designed to be at the correct developmental level of the student, presented in an appropriate way so that s/he has access to the learning. This may or may not “mesh” with his/her grade or age level and applies to a broad spectrum of students including those with learning disabilities as well as students who are gifted and talented. This online course is designed for PreK-2 teachers who are looking to explore how to update their current curriculum to make it more developmentally appropriate for all their young learners. This course begins by defining exactly what developmentally appropriate means. As teachers progress through the course, they will learn about the importance of play. They will learn specific strategies for bringing developmentally appropriate activities into phonological awareness, phonics, and sight word instruction. Teachers will learn about the developmental stages of writing and will be introduced to a variety of activities to supplement their writing instruction. Additional developmentally appropriate strategies and activities are discussed for each of the content areas including mathematics, science, and social studies. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident and successful in their quest to implement developmentally appropriate activities into their own teaching practices.

Red Arrow Differentiated Instruction: One Size Does Not Fit All (K-6)

Are you struggling with how to meet the needs of the varied ability levels of your students? This online course helps teachers to analyze the learning styles and readiness of their students so they can effectively develop a differentiated curriculum to meet the needs of a diverse population. Teachers will gain a clear understanding of the needs of multilingual, special education, and academically diverse classrooms and will learn how to adjust their lessons to accommodate the different needs and learning styles of their students. Different strategies and resources such as tiered instruction, multiple intelligences, and universal design for learning (UDL) will be presented so that teachers can better embrace and implement the principles of differentiated instruction into their classrooms. Finally, teachers will understand the impact of social-emotional issues on the learning process.

Red Arrow Distance Learning: How to Survive and Thrive (K-12) / One Unit Course

Are you overwhelmed trying to prepare for a new school year of teaching at a distance? Are you struggling with finding, and then learning how to use, necessary software, applications, and extensions? This online course is designed to help teachers successfully implement a distance learning experience for their students. It is comprehensive in providing instructions for using nearly all the most popular options for creating a successful online classroom such as Google Classroom, Canvas, Schoology, Seesaw, Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Flipgrid, Google Forms and Slides, and PowerPoint just to name a few. Additionally, critical topics as they relate to teaching at a distance are addressed such as how to build an online class community, online student collaboration, and how to help diverse student populations. This course will help you to not only survive, but also thrive, while teaching in a distance learning environment.

Red Arrow Educating the Whole Student: Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Learning (K-12)

Are you curious as to what social-emotional learning is and how it relates to teaching and learning? Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process for learning essential life skills such as decision making, problem solving, effective communication, empathy, perseverance, and coping, just to name a few. This online course is designed for K-12 teachers who want to focus on the whole student by supporting social-emotional learning skills but may not know where to begin. Teachers will learn specific strategies for addressing student's social and emotional needs through such topics as mindfulness, resolving conflict, anti-bullying, and character education. Teachers will also learn about the role they play in nurturing students' self-efficacy, grit, compassion, gratitude, and positive attitudes as they work to help diverse groups of students manage their emotions and make good decisions.

Red Arrow Educational Technology 101 (K-12)

Do you want to improve your technology skills and keep up with your students? This online course is designed for educators interested in learning about the most current technology being used in classrooms. Topics addressed in the course include information literacy, WebQuests, Internet search strategies, wikis, blogs, podcasts, digital storytelling, virtual field trips, YouTube, social media, and interactive whiteboards. Teachers will learn how to use all of these technologies in the classroom and integrate them into their content curriculum. Teachers will also learn the basics of the most common Microsoft apps and Google apps. Finally, teachers will learn how to design and create a basic classroom website.

Red Arrow Effective Strategies for Emergent and Early Writers (PreK-3)

Are you looking for effective ways to encourage your young writers? Do you need strategies for teaching students the foundations for writing success?  This online course focuses on helping teachers work with emergent and early writers by understanding the developmental stages of writing. Teachers will learn many useful and practical strategies they can use to help young writers with specific strategies for narrative, informative, and persuasive writing as well as basic research reports. Excellent children’s literature is used to present many writing strategies. Additional topics presented include the writing process, writer’s workshop, and using technology including online apps for student writing. Assessment options for writing are also presented. Finally, effective strategies for helping struggling writers are also shared.

Red Arrow Effectively Using iPads to Transform Your Classroom (K-12)

Do you love your iPad and are looking for innovative ways to use it in your classroom? In this online course, teachers will learn how to successfully use iPads in the K-12 classroom. Teachers are taught the importance of using the iPad to reach educational objectives and teach real-world technology skills to students. A plethora of apps are introduced that align with curriculum standards. The apps outlined in the course can be used to teach English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, and the arts. Teachers will also learn how to access and use Google apps on the iPad. Teachers will be introduced to apps that can be used for communication, collaboration, and social networking. Additionally, teachers learn about apps that can be used as classroom tools for instruction and assessment, as well as those that can serve as platforms for the creation of multimedia components and projects. Finally, teachers will discover a multitude of additional uses for the iPad, such as creating presentations (both for students and by students), creating their own podcast, and developing screencasts for classroom instruction.

Red Arrow Embracing Diversity and Equity through Culturally Responsive Teaching (K-12)

Are you curious as to what culturally responsive teaching is and how exactly it relates to classroom teaching? Perhaps you are concerned because your diverse students just don't seem to be "getting it" no matter what you try. This online course is designed for K-12 teachers who are looking to dig deeper into their own teaching practices and explore strategies and initiatives for incorporating students' cultural backgrounds and experiences so that the focus is on the whole child/student. This course begins by discussing the history of marginalization and how it has impacted both teaching and learning within the classroom. The foundations of culturally responsive teaching are addressed, as well as strategies for helping students who have suffered from trauma. Teachers will also learn how to help students build confidence and competence through culturally inspiring teaching practices designed to nurture the whole student. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident implementing the principles of culturally responsive teaching into their classrooms.

Red Arrow Focus on Phonics (K-3)

Do your students lack basic phonics skills? This online course focuses on effective ways to teach children to decode unknown words. Phonics basics will be emphasized along with specific ways to help students who are struggling in this area. Using context clues and structural analysis as a means of decoding will also be introduced. Suggestions for teaching sight words, high frequency words, and instant words will be shared. Teachers will also learn how to use the making words and chunking strategies as well as how to implement reader’s workshop and literacy stations. Teachers will gain ideas for using the language experience approach to reinforce phonics and spelling skills. The course will also focus on assessment strategies for phonics and decoding, including running records, miscue analysis, and informal reading inventories.

Red Arrow Google as a Classroom Tool for Learning (K-12)

Do you feel overwhelmed by all of the Google tools currently available to educators and are wondering what is the best way to implement them into your teaching? This online course introduces K-12 teachers to some of the best practices for effectively integrating a variety of Google products and services into their classrooms for educational purposes. This course allows teachers to practice navigating through the general interface of many different Google products including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Drawings, Classroom, Sites, Photos, Blogger, Maps, Earth, and YouTube. The searching, organizational, communication, and collaboration components of various Google products will be highlighted in order to help teachers develop a deeper understanding of how Google can enhance learning among and between students. Teachers will learn to utilize the basic tools of many educationally-relevant Google products and, through the use of such products, will become skilled in creating standards-based lessons that will help students learn in an efficient, effective, and engaged manner. Teachers will also be introduced to some of the basics for using Chromebooks in their classrooms.

Red Arrow Guided Reading 101 (K-5)

Is the push for individualized differentiated instruction making it difficult for you to address the various learning needs and ability levels of your students during your reading block? Perhaps you feel frustrated because "teaching in the middle" seems to alienate a whole spectrum of learners? Guided reading is a way in which teachers can guide their students throughout the entire reading process, in a targeted and personalized manner. This online course is designed for K-5 teachers who wish to explore the guided reading strategy in detail. Teachers will be introduced to the basic framework of guided reading and will learn a variety of strategies to meet all their students' needs in the building block areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Teachers will learn about the importance of using data to find their students' reading levels and how to determine the readability of leveled text so students can be appropriately matched to high-interest books. The course takes teachers through the entire process of guided reading. Additional topics include how to organize a shared guided reading library, how to incorporate writing into the guided reading framework, and how to further differentiate for English language learners.

Red Arrow Guiding Emergent and Early Struggling Writers to Success (K-2)

How can you help your struggling writers become more successful with their writing? Children often begin school excited to learn how to write, but for those who struggle, the spark is quickly diminished. If you want to put the spark back into your students’ writing, this course is meant for you! This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-2 who want to help their struggling students with key writing skills. Specific strategies will be introduced that improve student writing. Information on the writing process is shared together with specific suggestions for incorporating specific writing strategies such as the six traits, the use of literature in tandem with writing, nonfiction writing, and writing across the curriculum. By the end of this course, teachers will more fully understand how to best help their struggling writers and will have gained valuable classroom ideas including using writer’s workshop, the writing process, technology that promotes writing, and appropriate writing assessment.

Red Arrow Instilling a Growth Mindset in Students (K-12)

Are you finding that no matter how hard you try, it seems that some of your students cannot break out of the "I'm no good at this" cycle, and therefore they stop trying? After all, perhaps they are just not "math people" or "good at reading," right? Wrong! This online course is designed for K-12 teachers who wish to explore the concept of growth mindset in detail. Teachers will be introduced to the process of instilling a growth mindset in students as well as teaching students strategies for becoming confident risk-takers. Specific topics in the course include learning how to make mistakes meaningful, the importance of feedback during the learning process, the role growth mindset plays in both literacy and mathematics, and how to integrate the growth mindset model in a data-driven classroom. Teachers will learn how to ask better questions so that students are supported as they work through productive struggle. Teachers will also understand the connection between growth mindset and social-emotional skills. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident in implementing growth mindset practices into their teaching repertoire.

Red Arrow Making the Most of the Internet in the Classroom (K-12)

Are you looking to find better ways to use the Internet in your classroom? Are you tired of conducting Internet searches and never quite finding what you really wanted? This online course will focus on helping teachers make the most of the Internet in their classrooms. Teachers will learn how to conduct effective and efficient searches so that they may then progress to developing online activities and projects for students. These new search skills will also help teachers find valuable resources to use in the classroom, including homework assistance for students. Teachers will learn how to use Internet resources to create a WebQuest, virtual field trip, and online scavenger hunt. Teachers will also learn how to develop their own classroom websites. The basics of Google apps such as Calendar, Groups, Photos, Drive, and Translate will be introduced. Finally, teachers will be introduced to the concept of flipped learning and receive tips and resources for implementing a flipped learning model in each content area.

Red Arrow Mastering Google Apps for Education (K-12)

Is your school a Google-centric environment? Do you use many of the apps in G Suite for Education? Do you wish you knew how to use Google Apps to improve teaching and learning? This online course is designed to help teachers master the Google apps that are part of G Suite for Education, as well as some others. You will learn the basics of the apps as well as how to integrate them into your classroom and curriculum. The course begins with an overview of the most popular Google apps as well as an introduction to technology configurations and integration. Then, we jump into an in-depth look at how to use the following apps within the context of the curriculum: Drive, Docs, Calendar, Search, Translate, Forms, Slides, Sheets, Earth, Maps, Classroom, Photos, Sites, and Keep. The final step in putting it all together by reviewing and creating lessons that integrate several Google apps into a single lesson.

Red Arrow Math Manipulatives in the Primary Classroom (K-2)

Do you want to use manipulatives to help your students understand math concepts more concretely? This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-2 who want to learn how to incorporate manipulatives into their everyday teaching in order to guide their students to become critical and logical mathematical thinkers. Information on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is shared together with distinct suggestions for how to incorporate specific manipulatives into your math instruction in order to improve the way students approach complex mathematical topics. Specific manipulatives discussed in the course include linking cubes, color tiles and counters, pattern blocks, number lines, base ten blocks, place value chips, money, clocks, attribute blocks, Cuisenaire rods, hundreds charts, rekenreks, tangrams, and geoboards. An overview of how to create a math workshop is also included in this course.

Red Arrow Multimedia Project Design and Development (K-12)

Do you want to learn how to create basic multimedia presentations to use in your classroom? In this course, teachers will learn how to take the proper steps toward designing an effective plan for assigning multimedia projects in the classroom through all phases including Determine, Design, and Development. Teachers are taught how to properly plan for the multimedia project by determining standards and setting objectives within the context of teaching students critical information literacy skills. Strategies for organizing the project, creating cooperative groups, and effectively assessing student projects are discussed. Detailed instructions for creating multimedia projects using Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, Prezi, and VoiceThread are provided that can be used by both teachers and students. Techniques for integrating graphics, animation, audio, and video into a multimedia presentation are shared. Multimedia project ideas for all grade levels and all content areas are also presented. Finally, teachers will gain management tips for implementing multimedia projects and activities into their classrooms.

Red Arrow A New Approach to Spelling Instruction (K-6)

Are you bored with teaching the same spelling lessons each week? This online course is designed for educators interested in learning a variety of ways to teach essential spelling skills to their students. Spelling is an essential and complex skill and an important component of the overall language arts curriculum. Instead of looking at spelling as a memorization process, spelling should be thought of as a building block of literacy development. In this course, teachers will learn a variety of proven ways to increase students’ spelling skills using interactive, developmental, and fun activities. Strategies such as word families, mnemonics, and self-correction model will all be shared. Teachers will also understand the developmental levels of spelling and how invented spelling fits in. Teachers will also be introduced to a variety of technology resources that can be used to promote spelling and vocabulary development.

Red Arrow The Next Generation Science Standards (K-12)

Have you tried to make sense of the Next Generation Science Standards without feeling successful? Are you overwhelmed because your district has recently adopted these new standards and you are not sure where to begin? This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-12 who want to begin to unpack the complexity of the Next Generation Science Standards. This course takes teachers through a step-by-step explanation of the standards, including how to interpret the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas at each respective grade band. The role of curricula is discussed, as well as how Universal Design for Learning plays an important role in the assessment of the standards. Teachers will be introduced to an overview of assessment and how it applies to the Next Generation Science standards, as well as a brief overview of how to bundle some of the core ideas contained within the standards.

Red Arrow Preparing English Language Learners (ESL/ELL/ENL) for Success (K-6)

Do you find yourself struggling for ways to better assist your English language learners? This online course is designed for teachers who want to dig deep into their own teaching practices and explore strategies and initiatives for incorporating students’ cultural backgrounds and experiences so that the focus is on the whole child/student, including his/her cultural and linguistic identity. Information on ENL best practices is shared as well as specific strategies for incorporating them into the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening, mathematics, science, and social studies. Teachers will gain a solid understanding of the various ESL models and how to grow their ELL students’ vocabularies and comprehension by setting goals, using their home language and culture, and communicating with caregivers.

Red Arrow Preparing Students with Special Needs to Meet the Standards (K-3)

Are you finding it increasingly difficult to help your special education students find success with your state's standards? As most teachers know, learning can be difficult for those with special needs. So how exactly can a teacher make this “bridge,” thereby connecting their most vulnerable learners to the more challenging and complex concepts? This online course is designed for K-3 teachers who are attempting to do just this. Teachers will learn specific strategies for helping their special education students build strong foundational reading skills by using assessment to guide and differentiate their instruction. In addition, teachers will be given a variety of tools and strategies to help guide their struggling writers as they work to balance meaningful writing with explicit strategy instruction. Other topics include differentiating the mathematics block, providing tactile, kinesthetic, and auditory learning opportunities, student collaboration, cooperative group activities, and Universal Design for Learning. Rounding out the course is engaging special needs students in the art of conversation and using interventions and other teaching techniques to engage special needs students, including those who also happen to be English language learners.

Red Arrow Reading Foundations for Emergent and Early Readers (PreK-2)

Do you ever wonder what you can do to help young students gain a better foundation in reading? This online course is designed for teachers in grades PreK-2 who want to build a solid foundation in reading for each of their students from the very beginning. Information on the building blocks of reading is shared together with specific strategies for incorporating these foundational skills into everyday practice. Teachers will gain a solid understanding of such concepts as phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, sight words, vocabulary, and fluency, just to name a few. Teachers will also learn assessment strategies such as retelling and asking students to answer questions using textual evidence. Finally, teachers will also learn how to help their students choose “just right” books for their individual reading levels. By the end of this course, teachers will more fully understand how to best help their students with learning how to read and will have gained valuable classroom ideas to incorporate these skills into their everyday teaching.

Red Arrow Response to Intervention in Reading (K-6)

re you in need of strategies to help your struggling readers? Do you want to know more about the Response to Intervention (RtI) model? This online course is designed for teachers who are beginning to implement the Response to Intervention model in reading. The course materials are based on current best-practices research. Topics addressed in the course include an overview of RtI and the importance of using multiple and varied assessments. The focus is on progress monitoring and specific interventions for the big five ideas in reading including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Interventions for struggling readers and English language learners will also be presented. Additionally, interventions for reading math content are included. A variety of scheduling models are also shared.

Red Arrow Responsive Classroom Management for the Primary Grades (K-3)

Does it sometimes seem like your students are running your classroom, instead of the other way around? Let’s face it — we’ve all been there at one time or another. It doesn’t matter if you are new to the profession or a seasoned veteran, there’s no doubt about it — managing an entire classroom of students can be tough. This online course addresses some of the most daunting classroom management issues including how to set boundaries and teach expectations, the importance of establishing and teaching routines, keeping students motivated, working with diverse student populations, social and emotional learning, and using character education to prevent bullying behaviors. Teachers will also enjoy learning about the importance of being proactive and positive, as well as how to create clear and concise rules and routines which have logical consequences.

Red Arrow Science Inquiry Using the 5E Model (K-6)

Do you find that, even after having students perform a variety of hands-on experiments and activities, that they still struggle to truly understand the scientific phenomena being presented? The advent of the 21st century science standards has virtually changed how science is taught and subsequently learned, and the 5E model of science instruction has been proven to stimulate students' curiosity through an inquiry-based approach to learning. This online course is designed for K-6 teachers who wish to explore how to develop their students' deep critical-thinking skills through an inquiry approach to teaching called the 5Es. After being introduced to the 5E model of scientific inquiry, teachers will take a deep dive through each of the five phases — engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration, and evaluation. Teachers will learn a variety of engaging instructional techniques and activities that are designed to encourage student exploration and stimulate students' metacognitive skills. Teachers will learn a variety of strategies to elicit and develop students' explanations of natural phenomena, including how to weave specific technology components into each phase of their 5E lessons so that students are further engaged in scientific inquiry. At the end of this course, teachers will be able to use the 5E instructional model to design and differentiate their science lessons and units so that the inquiry process becomes student-led, collaborative, and metacognitive.

Red Arrow Supporting Math Foundational Skills in the Primary Grades (K-3)

Do you find that your K-3 students often struggle with the most basic of mathematical principles? Do you want to find a way to better support those students as they learn to unlock the gift of mathematics? The intent of this course is to provide a toolbox of both information and activities that K-3 teachers can use to support students who struggle to understand and grasp both the meaning and the manipulation of basic math principles. Some of the topics include counting and cardinality, counting objects, rote counting, number sense of quantity, counting on and back, operations of addition and subtraction, composing and decomposing numbers, the application of mathematical foundational skills within the problem-solving process, and guiding students to use their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to make real-world connections. Teachers will also learn how to determine student levels and how to choose and design assessments to best utilize the resources that are available within a typical math curriculum. As teachers work through this course, they will learn how to create meaningful and engaging activities in order to promote student ownership, and they will learn how to establish home connections so that those mathematical habits of mind can flourish.

Red Arrow Teaching Critical SEL Skills Using Picture Books (PreK-3)

Does the prospect of finding a way to incorporate the teaching of critical social-emotional issues send you into a quandary? Do you have a deep love for using authentic children’s literature in your current teaching practices? If so, look no further! Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process for learning essential life skills such as decision making, problem solving, effective communication, empathy, perseverance, and coping, just to name a few. Teachers are searching for the most effective ways to introduce and teach appropriate social-emotional skills in the classroom as they relate to common classroom issues, some of which can be quite sensitive, and which almost always are beyond their control. This online course provides the perfect approach by using high-quality picture books to deal with a variety of SEL issues from separation anxiety, kindness, and tattling, to poverty and homelessness, divorce, anger management, childhood health and obesity, teasing and bullying, and others. Teachers will be provided with thorough background information on each topic as well as the implications for the classroom environment and teaching. Then, each topic shares three authentic children’s books, together with lessons for each title. The course introduces lesson plans for forty-seven picture books. An additional list of picture books is shared for every single social-emotional topic presented in the course, as well as links to additional resources, as applicable. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident and successful in their quest to embed the teaching of social-emotional skills into their own teaching practices.

Red Arrow Teaching Primary Grade Math Problem-Solving Skills (K-2)

Do you have students who excel at math computation but get lost when it is time to problem solve with word problems? Mathematical standards have shifted the focus from simply teaching problem solving to teaching via problem solving. This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-2 who want to help their students become critical and logical mathematical thinkers. Specific strategies are introduced to improve the way students approach math problems. By the end of this course, teachers will more fully understand how to best help students apply their logic and reasoning to real-world mathematical examples, and they will have gained a multitude of valuable classroom ideas, including using manipulatives, grouping strategies, student-centered teaching, quality literature, as well as how to appropriately assess students in the problem-solving process.

Red Arrow Teaching STEM and NGSS in the Primary Grades (K-2)

Have you been wondering how to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards into your STEM classroom? Do you want to learn how to create a more hands-on science structure in your classroom? This course takes K-2 teachers through a step-by-step explanation of the standards and includes examples and suggestions of how to incorporate them into your science classroom. The course also guides you through how to interpret the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas at the K-2 level. The 5Es of inquiry-based science are discussed, as well as how Universal Design for Learning, multiple intelligences, and STEM strategies all work together to connect the design and implementation of science lessons, labs, and stations. Teachers will be introduced to an overview of assessment and how it applies to the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as a brief overview of how to manage an inquiry-based classroom.

Red Arrow Teaching Students with Special Needs in the Mainstream Classroom (K-6)

Does your classroom population include students with special needs? This online course teaches K-6 teachers how to address students with special needs in the general classroom. The course provides information about teacher involvement in the special education process in terms of assessment, intervention, and collaboration. A variety of suggestions for working with students who have special needs such as learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, communication disorders, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, sensory impairments, and low-incidence disabilities are provided. Also included are strategies to assist ELLs, at-risk, and gifted students. Each special need is defined, and common causes and characteristics are identified, along with suggested instructional strategies. Intervention strategies and classroom adaptations are also provided to help teachers accommodate students with special needs in an inclusive classroom.

Red Arrow Using Google Classroom for Teaching and Learning (K-12)

Do you have Google Classroom and want to fully understand how to maximize its potential? In this course, teachers will learn how to use all the features of Google Classroom to enhance their teaching. Strategies for using the announcement, question, and assignment options to enhance the learning process will be emphasized as teachers move toward a paperless classroom. Teachers will also learn how to effectively use all of the quiz options. Strategies for differentiating instruction using the features of Google Classroom will be explored. Specific instructions for integrating Google Classroom with other Google products such as Google Calendar and Google Docs, as well as, popular educational extensions and apps will be shared. Additionally, instructions for using the Google Classroom mobile app will be provided. Finally, using Google Classroom for assessment through the use of rubrics as well as the gradebook function are also shared.

Red Arrow Word Play: Vocabulary Instruction in the Primary Grades (K-3)

Are you looking for ways to rapidly grow your students' vocabulary? This online course focuses on ways to improve students' vocabulary. The course begins with options for vocabulary assessment. The results of the assessment will be used to guide instruction and select appropriate and effective instructional strategies. Strategies presented include word parts and word roots, semantic feature analysis, categorization, analogies, concept maps, traditional resources, and the cloze procedure. Teachers will also be presented with information regarding the strong connection between vocabulary development and comprehension. Teachers will understand the importance of reading aloud to students and establishing a print-rich classroom environment in order to build student’s vocabularies. Finally, specific intervention strategies for struggling students are also shared.