Bridging the Gap: High-Yield Strategies to Recover from Learning Loss

(Grades K-12) / Semester Course

PDI Course Number: 124BXX / UCSD Course Number: EDUC42226

Course Description

Does the prospect of finding a way to identify and reverse learning loss give you cause for alarm? Because of the extended learning disruptions caused by the global pandemic, teachers across the country are desperate to find ways to recover from the learning loss experienced by most students. This online course is designed to give K-12 teachers the peace of mind they so desperately crave as they return to in-person instruction after a long absence. The course begins by discussing the impact that the novel coronavirus has had on schools. Teachers will learn strategies for using a variety of social and emotional best practices to attend to the whole student so that trauma and anxiety can be addressed head-on. As the course progresses, teachers will learn how to motivate their returning students by meeting them where they are through several research-backed best practices such as tiered lessons, guided inquiry, project-based learning, and active learning strategies. Teachers will take a deep dive into nine high-yield instructional strategies that have been proven to show the most potential for bridging any learning gaps. Teachers will learn how to compact their curriculum and to leverage technology in their favor. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident in their quest to embed a variety of high-yield, best practices into their own teaching habits so that any and all learning gaps can be bridged and conquered. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I found the course to be very informational. The resources were very relevant and current. I thought the concepts presented were very meaningful and specifically useful for the present educational timing ." - Tamara Biggins

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Course with Credit from UCSD Extension


This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UC San Diego.

Fall semester online courses must be completed by December 16th.

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UCSD Course Number: EDUC42226
Unit One
  • The Impact of Coronavirus on Schools
  • The “New Normal” Classroom
  • Addressing Trauma and Anxiety
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography/Write an article reflection
Unit Two
  • The Importance of Social and Emotional Learning
  • Closing the Achievement Gap through Growth Mindset and Metacognition
  • Motivating Students to Succeed
  • Assignment #2: Create a lesson to spark a growth mindset
Unit Three
  • Meeting Students Where They Are
  • Multi-Tiered System of Support
  • Creating Resilient Learners
  • Collaboration in a New Environment
  • Assignment #3: Analyze a student scenario
Unit Four
  • Embracing High-Yield Instructional Strategies
  • Empowering Students with Active Learning Strategies
  • Using Technology to Your Advantage
  • Assignment #4: Develop a TPT activity
Unit Five
  • Bridging the Gap with Guided Inquiry
  • Bridging the Gap with the Workshop Model
  • Bridging the Gap with Project-Based Learning
  • Compacting the Curriculum
  • Assignment #5: Design a lesson that adheres to any of the four curriculum models presented
Unit Six
  • Holding Students Accountable
  • Bridging the Gap in the Face of Adversity
  • Assignment #6: Post a tip, strategy, or idea
  • Assignment #7: Course Reflection

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