Our computer-based instruction courseware
provides expert, flexible instruction to educators
and business professionals.
We currently offer the following courses:
Advanced Classroom Management
Children as Change Agents
Geared primarily for professionals
(e.g., regular or special educators, instructional
assistants, school psychologists, counselors) serving
children and youths presenting behavior problems
in the school or community, this course focuses on
cognitive and cognitive-behavioral interventions
(often lumped together under the rubric “social
with an emphasis on teaching students how to change
and manage their own behavior. Since previous knowledge
and understanding of traditional behavioral (operant)
concepts and strategies is required, it is strongly
recommended that you take an introductory
behavior management course to learn the basic
terms and concepts of behavior management prior to
taking this advanced course.
Attention Deficit Disorder
Information & Interventions for Effective Teaching
This course will help the learner achieve a better
understanding of ADD and intervention strategies to
facilitate positive student change. Taught by Mick
R. Jackson MS/ED, this course covers the history of
the disorder, accepted methods to assess and identify
students with the disorder, and various methods, medications,
and strategies that are currently used to treat it.
For situations in which services beyond
what can be provided in the classroom are required,
the referral process for getting help for the student
will be addressed. Reference materials include a list
of resources for both teachers and parents who would
like more help or information about ADD or ADHD.
Autism & Asperger's
Information & Effective Intervention Strategies
This course describes Autism and Asperger's Disorder, including characteristics of these disorders, associated
learning styles, communication weaknesses, and various
intervention strategies. The course helps the learner
make sense out of why individuals with Autism
spectrum disorders behave the way they do, and what
you can do to enhance more appropriate behavior. This
course also lists resources for educators, related
service personnel, and parents who want more help
or information on Autism and Asperger's Disorder.
Behavior is Language
Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior
course is designed to give the learner a new perspective
on student behavior and effective tools to facilitate
positive student change. Taught by Mick R. Jackson
MS/ED, this course provides a developmental framework
to help the learner understand what students are
trying to communicate through the "language" of their
behavior. Topics covered include behavioral techniques
and intervention strategies that remediate disruptive
behaviors, reduce power struggles while increasing
classroom control, reduce educator workload, and
help prevent burnout. After successfully completing
this course, the educator and his/her students will
be better equipped to find and implement creative,
effective solutions to behavioral problems.
Working with Abused & Neglected Children
Designed to help the learner identify
and effectively teach students affected by child
abuse and/or neglect, this course covers how to
recognize the signs of physical, emotional, and sexual
abuse, and physical and emotional neglect
in students. It also discusses the specific factors
that exist in families who abuse or neglect their
children. A major emphasis in this course is to
help the participant understand the special learning
needs of abused or neglected children and how to
meet those needs in the regular classroom. Working
with parents and community agencies is also emphasized.
Note: This course meets the child abuse and neglect
educational requirement in most states. It is the
responsibility of the student to verify the course
content with his or her specific state professional licensing
agency to ensure proper credit.
Drugs & Alcohol in Schools
Understanding Substance Use & Abuse
This course is designed to help the learner gain a
more comprehensive understanding of alcohol, drugs,
and their influences in the classroom. It provides
a contextual framework for understanding what students
may be experiencing either through their own substance
use or as a result of the substance use of persons close to
them and provides
a basic historical perspective of substance use along
with the biological, psychological, and social factors
that comprise the disease of addiction. Upon course
completion, the learner will better understand the
complex dynamics that contribute to this biological
and social phenomenon.
Early Childhood: Family-Centered Services
This course is designed to give you a new perspective on serving the needs of young children and their families. In this course you will learn what is meant by family-centered services as it applies to diverse systems of care, gain an understanding of family diversity, and explore the major stress factors facing families today. We will discuss the theoretical basis for family-centered services, as well as reflect on current research and best practice. Family-Centered Services will also examine the role of early childhood educators and explore ways to build partnerships with parents and create communities of care—for the benefit of our children, and ultimately society as a whole.
Early Childhood: Observation & Assessment
This course explores observation and assessment instruments, as well as recommended practices and available resources for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Content includes an emphasis on observing young children and assessing their early childhood learning environments.
Early Childhood: Program Planning
This course is designed to give you a new perspective on planning and implementing developmentally appropriate programs for young children from birth through age eight. In this course you will learn what is meant by curriculum, assessment, evaluation, and program planning as these terms apply to early childhood education. We will discuss several historical perspectives and theories of child development, and examine best practice for early childhood education. We will also examine key concepts and specific activities for teaching various curricular content areas including language and literacy, mathematics and science, and the expressive arts.
Early Childhood: Typical & Atypical Development
This course explores contemporary best practice and perspectives on early childhood development. Content includes patterns and sequences of typical development for children from birth to six years. Emphasis is on individual differences, cultural influences, and the impact of developmental delay and disability during infancy, toddlerhood, and the preschool years. Discussion will also include instructional technology (IT) and assistive technology (AT) applications for this population.
Assessing Student Learning in the Classroom
This course is designed to further develop the conceptual
and technical skills required by teachers to help
them identify their educational goals, and implement
meaningful instructional strategies for effective
learning by students with special needs. The focus
of the course is on assessment for
instructional programming and will outline
procedures for designing or selecting, administering,
and interpreting a variety of informal assessment
measures typically used in schools. The presentation
of assessment information in an acceptable format
to parents and teachers is also addressed.
Ethics & Safety in Education (online only)
Guidelines for Teachers & Administrators
Ethics & Safety in Education is a prevention course developed to help educators reduce and eliminate violations of ethics and professional conduct codes. The course is intended to keep ethical teachers ethical and to be a part of a larger school district plan to protect the district’s teachers, staff, and students. The course’s central premise is that the vast majority of ethics and boundary violations occurring in schools today are being committed by competent and ethical educators who, for reasons to be discussed, are making very poor decisions during susceptible periods in their careers. All professionals have the potential to commit an ethics/boundary violation. Understanding and addressing one’s violation potential before a violation occurs is essential in protecting students, careers, and the teaching profession’s integrity. It is easier to anticipate and not commit a violation than to correct one after the fact.
Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools
Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools will discuss definitions and the personal, social, and legal ramifications associated with sexual harassment, bullying, and cyber-intimidation. The course will address what we know about these troubling areas. We will then explore preventative strategies as well as how school staff can address these issues when they occur. A clear understanding of what constitutes harassment and the harmful effects of harassment on people and institutions is essential to providing a safe and inclusive school environment for all.
Working with Students with Special Needs in General Education Classrooms
This course is designed to help special
and general educators gain a better understanding
of inclusion, one of the current educational reform
movements that advocates educating students with disabilities
in the general education classrooms. Upon course completion,
the learner will be able to define key concepts and
terms, identify and describe federal legislature and
court cases, and list and describe the federal definition
of students entitled to special services. This course
will also discuss the roles and responsibilities
of educators in providing special services to students
educated in inclusive classrooms.
Infant & Toddler Mental Health
Issues & Information for Educators
This course is designed to help educators achieve a better understanding of infant and toddler mental health, child development, and strategies that can be used to promote positive relationships with children and their families. This course provides information that will help the learner understand and identify his or her role as a child care provider, educator, and early childhood professional. Infant & Toddler Mental Health provides research-based information on child development, attachment, temperament, and curriculum. This course also lists resources for both teachers and parents who would like more help or information about infant and toddler mental health.
Practical Information for Classroom Teachers
This course describes diverse theoretical approaches
to handling learning disabilities in the classroom.
Taught by Dr. Bob Pillay, it lays the foundation
for sensitive, appropriate assessment and evaluation
of students. In addition, this course covers program
planning and implementation, stresses the importance
of a close, positive partnership with parents or alternative
caregivers, and explores methods for ensuring that
the home-school axis is effective and meaningful.
Major trends and unresolved
issues in the field of learning disabilities are also
Reading & Writing in Content Area
Reading & Writing in Content Area offers instruction in teaching reading and writing in various subject matter fields at the secondary level. The material stresses the skills of vocabulary building, comprehension, and writing, as well as methods for motivating adolescents to read and write. The course also provides information on recognizing reading difficulties, assessing textbooks, and the integration of reading strategies within a content area. The strategies taught are aligned with the Praxis Reading Across the Curriculum test guide and the Reading in the Content Area national standards.
An Introduction to Scientifically-Based Research
The purpose of this course is to improve your knowledge
of science and the scientific process. This is the
first course in a three-course series.
Laying the Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction
Designed to lay the foundation for effective reading
instruction, this course will teach you about the elements
of effective instruction and the importance of reading
The Elements of Effective Reading Instruction and Assessment
This course will focus on learning to read, reading
to learn, and an introduction to reading assessment.
As part of these key areas of reading instruction,
the five elements of effective reading instruction
will be highlighted, including definitions, implications
for instruction, and future directions.
Talented and Gifted
Working with High Achievers
This course provides information
on the history of exceptional students in relation
to education, current law, and accepted methods for
referral, assessment, and identification. It covers
major program models and methods of differentiating
instruction to meet the rate and level of learning
of those students identified. The course gives the
learner an understanding of ways to meet the affective
needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular
classroom and lists resources for teachers
and parents who would like more information about
the talented and gifted.
Influences & Issues in the Classroom
Designed to give the learner the knowledge,
tools, and dispositions to effectively facilitate a
diverse classroom, this course teaches how to understand
and identify differences in approaches to learning
and performance, including different learning styles
and ways in which students demonstrate learning. An
emphasis in this course is on understanding how
students' learning is influenced by individual experiences,
talents, disabilities, gender, language, culture, and family and community values. The learner is challenged
to apply knowledge of the richness of contributions
from our diverse society to the teaching field.
Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually
A New Paradigm
This course is designed to expand your methodology for teaching Mathematics. The course will explore an innovative teaching model that incorporates strategies for teaching concepts constructively and contextually. The goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts of various math topics and explore the principles of teaching those concepts to learners. This course will focus on the topics of number sense, basic operations, and fractions.
Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior
This course is designed to help classroom teachers,
school counselors, and other educational personnel
gain strategies to reach and teach students who have
been affected by stress, trauma, and/or violence.
Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of
stress and trauma and explore how stress,
violence, and trauma affect a student's learning,
cognitive brain development, and social-emotional
development. The short- and long-term consequences
of being exposed to stress, trauma, or violence, as
well as the social and family causes, will be reviewed.
The dynamics of domestic violence
and community violence are also discussed, as is the educator's role in the intervention and
prevention of violence.
Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program
Try DI! is designed to provide you an opportunity to learn about an instructional framework, Differentiated Instruction (DI), aimed at creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. Students will be presented a method for self-assessment of the extent to which their current instructional approach reflects the perspective, principles, and practices of the DI approach. The course reflects an approach that aligns the principles of DI with the practices of DI. The concept of a “theory of action” will also be provided within a DI context. The course has also been designed to introduce students to a range of strategies associated with a DI approach. Strategies included in this course have been selected on the basis that they are effective in the widest possible range of educational K-12 settings. This course follows Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction, which addressed the What, Why, and Who of a classroom that reflects a DI approach. The focus of Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program is on the When, Where, and How of the DI approach.
Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom
This course includes topics on violence,
aggression in the classroom, youth gangs, aggression
in sports and on television, how drugs and alcohol
play a role in aggression and violence, and "hot spots" that
tend to breed aggression and violence. It is designed
to help school personnel become more aware of the
causes of aggression and ways to evaluate it and intervene
before it turns to violence in the schools.
The course also discusses aggression in our communities
through driving, dating, sports, television, and music,
and how these issues are dealt with in modern society.
Violence in Schools
Identification, Prevention & Intervention Strategies
This course is designed to give participants an understanding
of school violence and increase intervention
strategies. Taught by Dr. Michael Sedler, the course
provides an overview of violence and the motivational
purposes behind aggression. The correlation and impact
of the media, community, and family upon violence
is investigated. The learner will gain an understanding
of identification and intervention approaches
to working with out-of-control behaviors. In addition,
information about the national resources
available for both parents and teachers is covered.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants
will have a better understanding of violence and the
motivations behind its use, as well as
specific strategies to minimize the occurrence of
violence in the school and community.
An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction
This course is an interactive computer-based instruction course, designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. In this course you will learn what is meant by Differentiated Instruction (DI) and the common myths associated with creating the differentiated classroom. We will discuss the legal, theoretical, and pedagogical foundations in the field of education that support the utilization of differentiated instructional practices and principles. We will reflect on best practices and national trends in the design of the educational setting to meet the needs of a diverse learning population. Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction will also provide connections to a variety of concepts, variables, and resources that will assist practitioners in aligning their own professional practices with those found in the differentiated classroom.
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