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

Do you need ways to make your science lessons more fun? This online course is designed for educators interested in learning a variety of ways to enhance their science instruction through active, hands-on experiences. Teachers gain a variety of ideas for conducting hands-on experiments, establishing science learning stations, integrating science with other content areas, and using technology to enhance science instruction.

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

Are you looking for ways to curb bullying behavior? In this online course teachers learn about the myths, facts, research, and current events that surround bullying. Teachers are introduced to the different types of bullying and the various roles involved in bullying. Effective strategies are 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.

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

Are you looking for the best practices for creating and managing a successful primary classroom? This course covers strategies for implementing the new Common Core State Standards, while managing time so that all content is covered. Behavioral issues and overall classroom management techniques are addressed in detail. 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 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 your students would just behave? Classroom management is key to an effective teaching environment. In this course, teachers learn practical strategies for establishing rules, routines, and a discipline plan that really works!

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. Then, teachers are introduced to a wealth of strategies that improve and support a reader’s comprehension. Strategies presented include: anticipation guides, DRTA, questioning techniques, text structure, guided reading, and reciprocal teaching.

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 target instruction. This course provides an in-depth look at the core components of the Daily 5 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 Designing and Creating a WebQuest (3-12)

Would you like to learn how to develop a content-based WebQuest? A WebQuest is an excellent way to integrate content curriculum with technology and the Internet. This online course focuses on how to develop a WebQuest based on any content area. Teachers begin with content standards and then develop the WebQuest based on a theme or topic that addresses the standards. Effective Internet search strategies will be emphasized in order to efficiently find appropriate WebQuest resources.

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 effectively analyze the learning styles and readiness of students and effectively develop a differentiated curriculum to meet the needs of a diverse population. You will gain a clear understanding of strategies appropriate for multilingual, special education, and academically diverse classrooms and understand how to adjust your lessons to accommodate the different needs and learning styles of your students.

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 introduces you to all the latest technology you have been hearing about. Learn the basics of the following educational technology topics as well as how to use all of them in your classroom: blogs, classroom websites, podcasts, wikis, digital storytelling, YouTube and TeacherTube, virtual field trips, WebQuests and even social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Skype. If you have a computer in your classroom, you need this course!

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. Teachers will learn many useful and practical strategies they can use to help young writers with specific lessons 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 include the writing process, writer's workshop, and using technology to produce and publish 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 want ways to use it in your classroom? This online course will teach you how to transform your classroom using your iPad. 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. 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.

Red Arrow Embracing Diversity and Equity with 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 students 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. Teachers also learn how to use the making words strategy and reader’s workshop approach.

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

Do you want to learn about the many ways you can use Google products in your classroom? This online course helps teachers learn how to navigate through the general interface of Google products. The searching, organizational, communication, and collaboration components of Google products will be highlighted to help teachers develop a deeper understanding of how Google can enhance learning among and between students. Teachers learn to utilize the basic tools of many educationally-relevant Google products and, with the use of such products, become skilled in creating curriculum standards-based lessons that help students learn in an efficient, effective, and engaged manner.

Red Arrow Helping Middle Grade Struggling Writers Achieve Success (3-6)

What's black and white and red all over? A struggling writer's essay. Writing is hard work, especially for the student who struggles. This online course is designed for teachers in grades 3-6 who want to help their struggling writers with key writing skills. Specific strategies will be introduced that improve student writing. Details on the writing process will be shared together with specific suggestions for incorporating writing strategies such as the six traits, the use of literature in tandem with writing, and writing across the curriculum. Information on writing and technology as well as assessment will also be shared. 

Red Arrow Improving Your Students' Test Taking Skills (2-12)

Do you need strategies to help your students prepare for high-stakes testing? This online course helps you understand concepts related to standardized testing. In addition, it will help you work with students on test preparation and test taking skills. Teachers learn how to develop instructional strategies that help students as they aim for success in testing situations. Emphasis is on testing theory, helping students learn how to prepare for tests including the new Common Core assessments, and strategies that students can utilize while taking a test.

Red Arrow Learner-Centered Math Instruction Using Manipulatives (3-6)

Do your students seem to flounder in math because they just can't "see it" in their heads? In mathematics, manipulatives provide the perfect segue from the unfamiliar to the familiar. They help students transform their mathematical reasoning so that problems become less confusing and much more clear. This online course is designed for teachers in grades 3-6 who want to learn how to incorporate manipulatives such as fraction strips, algebra tiles, and geoboards into their everyday teaching in order to guide their students to take ownership of their learning so that they can 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 math problems.

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 teaches you (and your students) how to conduct effective and efficient online searches. Plus, teachers learn about creating search strategies and conducting digital research. Introductions to virtual field trips, interactive websites, WebQuests, and online scavenger hunts are also presented.

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 course is designed to help you 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, Hangouts, Forms, Slides, Sheets, Earth, Maps, Classroom, Photos, Sites, Keep, and Drawings. 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 Problem-Solving Strategies for Grades 3-6 (3-6)

Why do students seem to have such a difficult time with the mathematical problem-solving process? The recent advent of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics has shifted the focus from teaching problem solving to teaching via problem solving. This online course is designed for teachers in grades 3-6 who want to help their students become critical and logical mathematical thinkers. Specific strategies are introduced that improve the way students approach math problems. Information on the problem-solving process is shared together with distinct suggestions for incorporating specific problem-solving strategies such as finding a pattern, working backwards, and logical reasoning.

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 online course, teachers learn how to take the proper steps toward designing an effective plan for assigning multimedia projects in the classroom. Learn how to properly plan for the multimedia project by determining standards and setting objectives. Strategies for organizing the project, creating cooperative groups, and effectively assessing student projects are discussed. Many multimedia platforms are detailed in addition to web-based tools and software for creating media elements.

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

Is spelling the most boring subject you teach? 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. Teachers will learn a variety of proven ways to increase students’ spelling skills using interactive, developmental, and fun activities!

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? 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 in grades K-6 who want to build a solid foundation in best practices for their ELLs while still keeping true to the Common Core State Standards. 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 for the Common Core Assessments (K-12)

Are you ready to administer the new Common Core assessments in your classroom? This online course helps teachers understand the impact of the Common Core Assessments and how they influence teaching strategies, curriculum design, and non-summative assessment methods. The course also provides detailed information on important shifts from standardized testing to the new assessments that impact the way lessons are developed and taught. Teachers also gain important strategies for helping students prepare for the Common Core Assessments, including study and test-taking tips. A multitude of resources, including sample test items, are included as well to ensure the teacher has the tools and information necessary to prepare for the Common Core Assessments.

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 provides teachers with specific strategies for helping their special needs students build strong foundational reading skills. 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 instruction during the mathematics block, providing tactile and kinesthetic learning opportunities, cooperative group activities, and Universal Design for Learning principles.

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

Do you need strategies to help your struggling readers? This online course is designed for teachers who are beginning to implement Response to Intervention (RTI) in reading. The course content is based on current best-practices research. Topics addressed in the course include an overview of RTI, using multiple and varied assessments, the big 5 ideas in reading, and interventions for struggling readers.

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

Does your classroom population include students with special needs? This online course helps teachers learn 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. The most prevalent disabilities are covered in addition to students with other special needs such as ELLs, at-risk, and gifted students. Each special need is defined and Intervention strategies are provided to help teachers accommodate students with special needs in an inclusive classroom.

Red Arrow Unleashing the Power of the NGSS and STEM (3-5)

Have you been trying to find a way to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards into your STEM classroom using a more hands-on approach to learning? This course takes teachers through a step-by-step explanation of the standards and includes examples and suggestions of how to incorporate them into their science lessons. The course also guides teachers through how to interpret the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. Teachers will be introduced to various instructional models for learning, including the 5Es of inquiry, the 4E x 2 model, and Universal Design for Learning. 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 blend technology and flip a science classroom to make it more student-centered.

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. Strategies for differentiating instruction using the features of Google Classroom will be explored. Specific instructions for integrating Google Classroom with other Google products, as well as, educational extensions and apps will be shared. Additionally, instructions for using the Google Classroom mobile app will be provided.

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 how to improve students' vocabulary in the primary grades. 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 awareness, sight words, semantic feature analysis, categorization, figurative language, concept maps, traditional resources, and cloze procedure to name just a few.


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