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Red Arrow Best Practices for a Successful Middle School Classroom (6-8)

Do you need help managing your middle school classroom? This online course provides teachers with the best practices for developing and managing a successful junior high or middle school classroom. This course covers strategies for implementing the Common Core State Standards, while managing time so that all content is covered. Behavioral issues common in grades six through eight are covered along with overall classroom management techniques. This course also provides successful strategies for gaining students’ attention and interest, and truly engaging them in lessons.

Red Arrow Bullying: Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention (4-8)

Are you concerned about the bullying epidemic? This online course teaches elementary and middle grade teachers (grades 4-8) about the myths, facts, research, and current events that surround bullying. Teachers are introduced to the different types of bullying in addition to the various roles involved in bullying. Effective strategies are covered to help teachers assess, prevent, and reduce bullying in the classroom and school. Teachers will understand how to properly intervene during incidents of bullying and learn how to use and develop activities that will help manage bullying in the classroom.

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 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 Designing and Creating a Virtual Field Trip (K-12)

Do you wish you had an unlimited budget for field trips? This online course teaches you how to develop a virtual field trip anywhere in the world based on any content area. Teachers learn how to locate relevant resources and develop an effective virtual field trip. Internet search strategies will be emphasized along with practical approaches to incorporating standards into the development of the virtual field trip. Note: You must have access to PowerPoint software to design your virtual field trip.

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)

Do your students have trouble writing expository text such as persuasive essays, research papers, and analytical essays? Are you always asking them to be more descriptive in their narrative essays? This online course focuses on key writing skills. Details and strategies for every writing domain will be shared including graphic organizers, prompts, and rubrics for scoring. Each step of the writing process will also be explored.

Red Arrow Effective Strategies for New Teachers (K-12)

Are you a new teacher who needs some tried and true strategies and tips? This online course is specifically designed for teachers in their first few years of teaching. Topics addressed include engaging curriculum ideas, Common Core State Standards, writing quality lesson plans, assessment techniques, themes and literature ideas, management techniques, and discipline strategies.

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 Engaging, Motivating, and Managing Your Students (4-8)

Does your classroom seem like a nightmare at times? 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 keep your students motivated, working with diverse student populations, social and emotional learning, and engaging students with limited resources. Teachers will also enjoy learning about the importance of being organized and proactive, as well as how to create clear and concise rules and routines which have logical consequences. Rounding out the course is managing small groups, developing a discipline plan, and how to prevent and address bullying issues, among others.

Red Arrow Expository Writing: Focus on Research Reports (4-12)

Do your students struggle when they have to write anything other than a narrative essay or story? This online course focuses on helping students learn how to write research reports. The focus is on teaching students organizational patterns, as well as how to develop an outline and thesis statement. Teaching students how to do research and then read and paraphrase for writing will also be emphasized. Teachers gain key assessment strategies as well.

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 How to Manage Your Classroom for Student Success (K-12)

Are you searching for ways to help your students achieve success in your classroom? This online course helps you become a highly effective teacher. Topics addressed in this course include engaging curriculum ideas, writing quality lesson plans (with clear objectives that address key standards), assessment techniques (including authentic assessment such as rubrics and portfolios as well as standardized tests), themes and literature ideas, management techniques, discipline strategies (rewards and consequences), ELD techniques, and, of course, technology integration. 

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 Instructional Strategies for ELD and SDAIE (K-12)

Do you have English Language Learners in your classroom? This online course will teach you how to use the into/through/beyond approach which is a proven effective model for working with ELLs. Attention will be given to ELD and SDAIE strategies such as scaffolding, schema building, and reformatting text. Both formal and informal assessment methods will also be shared.

Red Arrow Introduction to the Common Core State Standards (K-12)

Do you want to understand and learn how to implement the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics? This online course takes teachers on an in-depth tour of the Standards. By the end of this course, teachers will fully understand the scope of the Common Core State Standards and have an in-depth knowledge of what each standard means. Teachers also gain valuable guidance and procedures for implementing the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms.

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 the Challenge of Text Complexity in Grades 4-8 (4-8)

Are you struggling to help your students master text complexity for your grade level? This online course is designed for teachers of grades four through eight who are interested in learning the best practices for helping their students master text complexity. This course covers strategies for implementing the Common Core State Standards in reading literature and informational texts. Course participants learn strategies for assessing text complexity, asking and answering text-dependent questions, using textual evidence, teaching important Common Core-related vocabulary building strategies, and helping students learn how to read closely.

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 Middle School Math Problem Solving (6-8)

Have you ever wondered why some of your students excel in math but seem to falter when it comes to solving problems? This online course is designed for teachers in grades 6-8 who want to help their students become critical and logical mathematical thinkers. Information on the problem-solving process is shared together with distinct suggestions for incorporating specific problem-solving strategies such as thinking logically, predicting and estimating, using a model or diagram, creating a table to find a pattern, and using an algorithm or formula. Teachers will gain valuable classroom ideas including using manipulatives, developing real-world problems, checking and explaining solutions, how to differentiate within the math classroom, as well as how to appropriately assess students in the problem-solving process.

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 Putting SDAIE Theory into Practice (2-8)

Are you struggling to provide content lessons to your English language learners? This online course provides teachers with a variety of SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English) strategies that can be used across content areas and grade levels. These SDAIE practices are the "scaffolds" that enable English language learners to access grade-level curriculum while simultaneously developing academic language.

Red Arrow Reading Interventions for Middle Grade Students (4-8)

Do you have readers in your class that are one to four years behind grade level?  This online course provides teachers with strategies for helping students with reading difficulties. Topics addressed in the course include assessment and diagnosis of reading difficulties, differentiation strategies, fluency skills, vocabulary development, and cognitive reading strategies. Teachers learn how to help all students become better readers with improved comprehension skills.

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 Reading Workshop Approach in the Middle Grades (4-8)

Are you interested in learning the whys, whats, and hows of implementing a reader's workshop approach in your classroom? In this online course, teachers learn how to administer a variety of assessments to help establish flexible reading groups. Teachers also learn strategies to successfully implement the reading workshop approach such as differentiation strategies, independent work strategies, independent reading ideas, as well as tips and hints for record-keeping and management.

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 Using Children's Literature in the Classroom (K-12)

Do you love using children’s books in your classroom? Do you want to find out about excellent new books and fun ways to use them in your classroom? This online course focuses on the best children’s books available to use in all four content areas. Fun and educational ideas for using children’s literature will be shared. If you love children’s books….don’t miss this class!

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.

Red Arrow Young Adult Literature in the Classroom (4-12)

Are you trying to incorporate more quality literature into your curriculum? This online course focuses on strategies for teaching literary elements using young adult novels. Specific definitions, strategies, and activities will be shared for teaching critical literary elements such as character development, setting, plot, symbolism, point of view, and style. Resources for selecting quality young adult novels will also be shared.

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