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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 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 Best Practices for a Successful 4th-6th Grade Classroom (4-6)

Are you struggling with how to motivate and manage your 4th through 6th grade students? This online course is designed for teachers of grades four through six who are interested in exploring best practices for developing and managing a successful classroom. This course covers strategies for implementing the new 21st century standards, while managing time so that all content is covered. Behavioral issues 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. Teachers will also learn how to respond to a variety of teaching challenges, including how to effectively reach their most at-risk students. Techniques for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students are covered as well.

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

Do you need help managing your middle school classroom? This course is designed for teachers of grades six through eight who are interested in exploring best practices for developing and managing a successful junior high or middle school classroom. This course covers strategies for implementing the new 21st century 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. Teachers learn how to maximize the resources available to them as well as find innovative ways to gain more resources at little to no cost. This course also introduces successful strategies for gaining students’ attention and interest, and truly engaging them in lessons. Teachers will also learn how to respond to a variety of teaching challenges, including how to effectively reach their most at-risk students. Mainstreaming English language learners and techniques for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students is covered as well.

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

Are you concerned about the prevalence of bullying and violence in high schools across America? For many different reasons, the classrooms, quads, hallways, and cafeterias of many high schools are not as simple as they used to be. 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. This course begins by digging into the different types of bullying. 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 specifically addresses 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. At the end of the course, teachers will understand how to best help students penetrate the deep-seated code of silence so that they can transform from bystanders into important and critical upstanders. Teachers will also learn how to correctly respond to incidents of bullying so that victims are taught to refuse to partake in the continuing behavior. By doing so, students are taught how to replace aggression with compassion and kindness.

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 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 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 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 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 ELL Strategies for Mainstreamed Students (6-12)

As the student population becomes increasingly diverse, do you find yourself wondering how to best help the influx of English language learners in your own classroom? This online course is designed for teachers of grades 6-12 who wish to explore how to better help their ELL students succeed academically, while simultaneously supporting their cultural heritage as well as their social-emotional well-being. Teachers will learn specific strategies to best support ELLs on their path to acquisition of a new language while also learning content material. Teachers will take a deep dive into how culture affects the acquisition of a new language, and they will learn a variety of culturally responsive teaching strategies to support their English language learners. This course examines best practices for supporting and scaffolding ELLs in the areas of vocabulary development, English language arts content, mathematics content, science content, and social studies content. Teachers will also learn how having a growth mindset favorably affects ELLs' forward progress with language acquisition and content mastery.

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 Implementing the Workshop Model in Reading, Writing, Math, and Science (4-8)

Are you wondering what the word workshop has to do with reading, writing, mathematics, and science? After all, a workshop is typically a messy place where people come to imagine, apply, and create. The fact of the matter is that the whole process of teaching and learning can, and should become “messy,” as students grapple with rigorous concepts and ideas within the confines of a predictable, motivating, and engaging routine. This online course is designed for teachers in grades 4-8 who want to learn how to better engage their students to examine and investigate a variety of interesting and engaging concepts and activities on a daily basis using the workshop model. The focus of the course is helping teachers implement a workshop model for reading, writing, math, and science that includes a mini-lesson, student-directed independent work (while the teacher meets with small groups or conferences), and sharing. Some of the additional highlighted topics include backwards planning and organization, goal setting, project-based learning through the use of STEM activities, and tapping into students’ natural curiosity using makerspaces, all under the auspices of a rigorous, supportive, and engaging classroom.

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

Are you looking for strategies to help your students prepare for high-stakes testing? This online course focuses on strategies that improve students' test-taking skills. Teachers will learn how to effectively build students' problem-solving skills by boosting their comprehension using a variety of strategies such as test cues, word parts, and strategic guessing. Techniques for using mnemonics and other memorization techniques will be shared. Teachers will also explore a variety of test formats in order to better help students become test-wise. Specific test-taking strategies will be explored in an effort to help students improve their standardized test scores, causing them to feel more confident answering all types of questions including essay, multiple-choice, short answer, and even performance-based tasks. Finally, teachers will gain several time management techniques that are designed to help students make the most of the testing time frame.

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

Are your students in need of study skills training in order to help them become more successful students and test takers? This online course is designed to provide teachers with the necessary tools for helping their students improve their study skills, not by working harder, but by working smarter. Throughout the course, teachers will gain valuable insights into helping their students set S.M.A.R.T. goals as they work to become active participants in the learning process. Teachers will be introduced to multiple techniques, ideas, and resources to help students develop their study skills, including such things as the use of mnemonics, time management strategies, note-taking skills, and the ability to establish a beneficial study environment. With the use of visual aids, innovative strategies, and interactive worksheets, teachers will be able to take the fear out of test-taking. Teachers will also be provided with specific tips to help students score well on test sections involving reading, math, and problem solving.

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.