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Red Arrow Best Practices for a Successful High School Classroom (9-12)

Are you a high school teacher interested in improving instructional strategies and classroom management? This online course provides opportunities for teachers to learn strategies for improving differentiation in their instruction by scaffolding for a variety of learning abilities including gifted students, English language learners, and special needs students.  Additionally, the course provides solutions for common obstacles at the high school level, including engagement strategies and time management. Throughout the course, teachers will find resources to use in the classroom, some for student management and others for instructional purposes. Teachers will also learn a variety of strategies for using technology to improve student learning and performance.

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 Strategies for High School Teachers (9-12)

Does managing your high school classroom seem like an impossible task? Most of us routinely invest a lot of time, effort, and energy into our most challenging students, oftentimes with unsustainable results. The truth is that high school teachers do not have to exhaust themselves in order to successfully manage their classrooms. Even though teaching adolescents can be difficult at times, it can also be a very rewarding experience. This online course addresses some of the most daunting classroom management issues including how to set boundaries and establish rapport, respecting diversity and differences, how to hook and keep students motivated and engaged, social and emotional learning, anti-bullying strategies, establishing a growth mindset, and how to shift ownership of learning from the teacher to the student.

Red Arrow Comprehension Strategies for Middle and Upper Grades (4-12)

Do your good readers struggle to comprehend content area material? This online course focuses on strategies that help comprehension in the middle and upper grades. Content area reading becomes more difficult as students enter the middle grades. Typically students are not prepared to approach more sophisticated types of text and need specific skills and strategies to aid their comprehension. This course focuses on improving students’ comprehension skills. Strategies presented include: anticipation guides, DRTA, SQ3R, SEARCH, cloze procedure, maze technique, questioning techniques, text structure, guided comprehension, and self-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 Digital Storytelling: Using Technology to Write Stories (4-12)

Are you interested in creative ways to integrate writing, technology, and content curriculum? Digital storytelling is an excellent way to engage students because it allows them to use their vast technology skills to tell a story. This online course takes you from start to finish for the entire digital storytelling process. Learn how to design digital storytelling projects for all content areas allowing you to incorporate writing throughout the curriculum. Strategies and ideas are shared for story content as well as technology that can be used to produce the stories. Appropriate ways to assess digital stories will also be shared.

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 to Improve Student Writing (4-12)

Are you looking for effective ways to help your student writers? This course provides you with plenty of strategies that are sure to improve your students' writing skills. You will be provided with effective ways to teach students how to write successful narrative essays, persuasive essays, and informative essays. The course also focuses on teaching students a step-by-step process for writing research reports. Technology is another area of focus addressing digital research, information literacy, digital storytelling, and iPad apps. You will also learn ways to help struggling writers as well as motivate reluctant writers. Finally writer's workshop is introduced within the context of the writing process.

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 The Flipped Classroom: An Interactive Approach to Student Engagement (4-12)

Are you curious about the new flipped classroom model of teaching? This online course offer strategies to help you effectively implement flipped learning in your classroom. Based on the four pillars of the flipped learning model, teachers learn how to create a learner-centered classroom by moving instruction to the home. Teachers are provided with tips and strategies on how to create engaging instructional videos and develop interactive, collaborative, and hands-on classroom activities that foster self-directed learning skills. This course also offers specific information on how to flip each of the four main content areas, as well as, cooperative learning, grouping, and assessment strategies.

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 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 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 Motivating and Engaging Middle and High School Students (6-12)

Have you struggled to get through to that one student or class? No matter what you did and no matter how many different strategies you tried, this one particular student remained aloof and disinterested in the learning process. The fact of the matter is that both engagement and motivation are precursors to student success, but for a variety of different reasons, both tend to drop as students get older. This online course is designed for teachers in grades 6-12 who want to light that internal fire and re-ignite interest so that their students are intrinsically motivated to learn and engage. Teachers will learn about the basic framework of motivation as well as the science behind student motivation and engagement. Some of the highlighted topics include motivating students through differentiation, goal setting, and learner-centered classroom practices, all under the auspices of a rigorous classroom.

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 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 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 Reading to Learn: Developing Strategic Reading Skills (4-12)

Why do excellent early readers often begin to struggle when they hit the middle grades? This online course answers that question and provides solutions as well. Students tend to approach content text the same way they approach literature. Students need to learn how to read content material. Teachers will learn how to develop active instructional strategies that facilitate student acquisition and development of reading skills in a variety of disciplines. Emphasis is on vocabulary development and comprehension strategies that work.

Red Arrow Study Smarter Not Harder: Study Skills for Students (4-12)

Do your students need study skills training to help them become better students and test takers? This online course provides techniques, ideas, and resources for helping students to develop their study skills such as the use of mnemonics, time management and note-taking skills, and the ability to establish a good study environment. With the use of visual aids, innovative strategies, and helpful worksheets, teachers will be able to develop their students’ study skills and help take the fear out of test-taking.

Red Arrow Teaching Tolerance and Respect: Preventing Bullying in High School (9-12)

Are you concerned about the prevalence of bullying and violence in high schools across America? This online course is designed for high school teachers who are looking to discover strategies and initiatives for addressing these bullying behaviors in their classrooms and schools. The course begins by digging into the different types of bullying and the various roles of teachers, students, and schools. Teachers learn how to proactively approach a variety of bullying behaviors so that students' important social and emotional skills are addressed and nurtured as a way of regulating and resolving a variety of intense emotions. This course presents research-based approaches to bullying prevention, including the establishment of rules and expectations, teaching recognition strategies to all involved stakeholders, and the various methods of reporting and communicating violent outbursts. By the end of the course, teachers will understand how to best help students penetrate the deep-seated code of silence so they can transform from simple bystanders into important and critical upstanders.

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 Vocabulary-Building Strategies for Students in Grades 4-12 (4-12)

Do your students struggle with academic vocabulary? Does vocabulary instruction often get set aside for more "important" literacy-related instruction? This online course is designed to increase the effectiveness of vocabulary instruction in grades 4-12. The course teaches about the importance of explicitly teaching vocabulary and what teachers in grades 4-12 can specifically do to enhance their literacy programs so that vocabulary development is constantly nurtured. Teachers will learn specific strategies such as Greek and Latin roots, structural analysis, and morphology in order to increase comprehension. Teachers will learn how to incorporate graphic organizers such as concept maps and word webs into the daily instruction in order to boost students' vocabulary knowledge both in reading and across all content areas. Differentiation and assessment are also discussed.

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