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Contact: Susan Finelli-Genovese, (440) 826-8064, sfinelli@bw.edu

Online Instructor and Blended Learning Certification

The Online Instructor and Blended Learning Certification is designed to assist educators and other professionals in developing and improving the delivery of online courses and blended learning modules in a fast-paced world in which remote instruction is increasingly important.  

Summer 2020 Workshops for K-12 Teachers and Administrators

Program format: Online

Professional development workshops for K-12 teachers and administrators are online graduate-level, non-degree courses designed to enhance an educator's skills and knowledge base while adding credit toward license renewal. Year-round online modules allow busy professionals to learn at their best time and at their own pace.

Summer 2020 Schedule: Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Courses will begin June 1 – August 1, 2020 and must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Workshops

EDU-565-PD3: Assistive Technologies to Assist in the Classroom

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule*
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course Description: Need additional help differentiating in your classroom? Have you considered Assistive Technology? AT is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. This five-week course would cover the basics of assistive technology, with an emphasis on defining the needs of your students, locating where to find more information, and choosing the appropriate tools for the special and general education classrooms.

Instructor: Morgan Kolis, M.A.Ed., Brecksville-Broadview Heights District


EDU-565-PD4: Collaboration through the Use of Instructional Technology

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule*
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course Description: This workshop focuses on the use of instructional technology to encourage meaningful collaboration among students. Each week will focus on a different purpose for student collaboration as well as tools that are appropriate to achieve that purpose. Educators will have the opportunity to learn and practice using these instructional technologies in addition to incorporating them into their own lessons.

Instructor: Ashley Swaney, M.A.Ed., Strongsville City Schools


EDU-565-PD5: Google for School Leaders

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule*
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course Description: Current school administration positions are no longer of the traditional principal roles. School leaders in buildings promoting the paradigm shifts in education are also revered as instructional leaders. As school leaders, we need to practice the use of technology if we want our teachers to utilize it in their classroom. This course will provide current or aspiring school leaders experience utilizing Google products to organize, collect, analyze, and share information. Reflective practices for growth beyond the course are included.

Instructor: Dave Binkley, M.A.Ed., Buckeye Local Schools, Baldwin Wallace University


EDU-565-PD6: Understanding and Teaching Gifted Learners

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule*
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course Description: Starting with a brief overview of gifted education, this course will examine the characteristics of gifted learners and will provide resources and opportunities for meeting their social, emotional, and academic needs through the design of appropriate curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Instructor: Cathy Drescher, J.D., M.A.Ed., North Royalton City Schools


EDU-565-PD7: Fostering The Innovative Mindset

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule*
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course Description: This workshop will give educators the opportunity to learn and practice infusion of innovation into existing curriculum. According to the Center for Innovation & Growth, being innovative is about creating a new path whether it is a new idea, a new way of doing something, or a new way of thinking, . Students that develop the innovative mindset tend to be more curious, reflective, open-minded, alert, empathetic, and resilient. “Students need to understand the value of innovative thinking and skills as they prepare for careers in a rapidly changing, uncertain world. Innovation is an integral element across all disciplines. At times, students do not see the connection of their disciplinary studies with the value of innovative thinking as an important part of success in their academic pursuits, and as a highly sought asset by employers.” (Sutton, 2017) By the end of the workshop, teachers will have created student-centered activities for observing, questioning, networking, experimenting, and associating that foster the skills of the innovative mindset.

Instructor: Susan Finelli-Genovese, Ed.D., Baldwin Wallace University


EDU-565-PD8: A New Paradigm for Data Security & School Survivability

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule*
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course Description: Equifax, Target, the CIA; all are nationally known security breaches that may have a direct effect on your personal finances. Next, let’s add in your fiduciary responsibility as an educator regarding student information, if there is a similar situation! Does Google Classroom= “OUCH, is that my license on the line?” This course looks at ways to protect your data and that of your students. It will examine behavior changes needed, such as: how to engage staff in best security practices, what Ohio and Federal law requires and ideas on how schools can pay for part of it. We will look to answer: “What is ORC 3319.321? What is Knowbe4? What is a virus vs. phishing? What can I teach my students, or my parents, (or my spouse) to keep our data safe?” “What do you mean I cannot show that video at recess?” “Do security cameras stop criminal behavior?” Fret not, help is here. The goal of the course is to make us all safer digital citizens and to be able to teach it.

Instructor: Jim Marras, M.A.Ed., Cuyahoga Falls City Schools


EDU-565-PD9: SAMR Model: Transforming Your Lessons with Technology

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule*
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course Description: This workshop will provide educators an introduction into the SAMR Model of technology integration and allow practical application into their classroom. Modules 1-4 will each focus on one section of the SAMR Model and Module 5 will provide a summative presentation (utilizing the preference of presentation software and recording) with the goal of having something tangible to share with peers.

Instructor: Dave Binkley, M.A.Ed., Buckeye Local Schools, Baldwin Wallace University


EDU-565-PD10: STEAM in the Classroom

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule*
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course Description: STEAM​ ​is​ ​an​ ​educational​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​learning​ ​that​ ​uses Science,​ ​Technology,​ ​Engineering,​ ​the​ ​Arts​ ​and​ ​Mathematics​ ​as​ ​access​ ​points​ ​for​ guiding​ ​student inquiry,​ ​dialogue,​ ​and​ ​critical​ ​thinking​ ​(Education​ ​Closet,​ ​2016)​.​​ ​This​ ​workshop​ ​will​ ​assist​ ​teachers​ ​with integrating​ ​STEAM​ ​into​ ​their​ ​current​ classroom​ ​setting.​ ​Upon​ ​completion,​ ​students​ ​of​ ​the​ ​workshop​ ​will: understand​ the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​STEAM​ ​in​ ​the​ ​core​ ​classroom​ ​setting,​ ​select​ ​possible​ ​lessons​ to​ ​integrate into​ ​their​ ​classrooms,​ ​develop​ ​a​ ​STEAM​ ​lesson​ ​plan​ ​and​ ​assessment​ ​rubric​ ​for​ ​the​ ​lesson,​ ​implement​ ​a STEAM​ ​lesson​ ​and​ ​reflect​ ​upon​ ​the​ successes/difficulties​ ​of​ ​that​ ​lesson.

Instructor: Jacki Daymut, M.A.Ed., Keystone Local Schools


EDU-565-PD12: Project-Based Learning with Science Standards

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule*
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course Description: Learn how to fuse multiple-subject areas into design challenges that will bring hands-on learning to your school or classroom. Using your grade level Science standards, you will learn how to group them together to create a well-rounded PBI, (Project-Based Learning) Unit and corresponding rubric that assesses multiple content areas.

Instructors: Allison Kokely, M.A.Ed. (Susan Finelli-Genovese, Ed.D., Baldwin Wallace University)


EDU-565-PD13: Inspiring Excellence

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule*
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course Description: The challenge of developing top performance in the classroom or on the playing field has eluded the majority of teachers and coaches throughout history. Instructing individuals “how to think” is not addressed by most teaching or coaching programs. Excellence in coaching and teaching commands an understanding and application of the latest brain science to maximize performance. Great teachers and great coaches must take advantage of the practical applications of brain science to get peak performance during classroom testing or the state championships. This workshop series focuses on the mind and brain dynamics with the newest applications of neuroscience to help improve teaching and coaching outcomes.

Instructor: Tim Berger


EDU-565-PD14: Creative Educators Level I

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule*
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course description: For the Integrated Arts Educators (Visual Art, ELA, Gifted, Integrated Arts & Sciences teachers) who have spent countless hours creating, curating, coordinating and directing expansive Visual Art, Creative Writing and Integrated Arts exhibitions for area school districts, national and community organizations (including non-profits) or media outlets. This workshop is an opportunity to receive professional development credit which aligns with Educator Standard goals, and is content-area specific. It addresses the underserved population of Arts Educators who make student work visible to others; would serve as an opportunity to increase respect and awareness for the efforts of the few who serve the many. Examples of qualifying exhibitions would be Scholastic Art + Writing Awards, school district art shows, student publications of creative writing and visual art, digital media presentations, integrated arts & science fairs.

Instructors: Anne Cole and Susan Finelli


EDU-565-PD16: Creative Educators Level II

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course description: For the Integrated Arts Educators (Visual Art, ELA, Gifted, Integrated Arts & Sciences teachers) who have spent, until now, countless hours creating, curating, coordinating and directing expansive Visual Art, Creative Writing and Integrated Arts exhibitions for area school districts, national and community organizations (including non-profits) or media outlets. Designed to be taken in sequence, this course is for those who have taken Level I and now wish to continue with Level II.

Instructors: Anne Cole and Susan Finelli


EDU-565-PD17: Creative Educators Level III

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course description: For the Integrated Arts Educators (Visual Art, ELA, Gifted, Integrated Arts & Sciences teachers) who have spent, until now, countless hours creating, curating, coordinating and directing expansive Visual Art, Creative Writing and Integrated Arts exhibitions for area school districts, national and community organizations (including non-profits) or media outlets. Designed to be taken in sequence, participants may take only Level I, or continue on to Levels II and III, each requiring a separate registration.

Instructors: Jonathan Hicks, M.A.Ed. and Susan Finelli


EDU-565-PD18: Introducing Computing in the Classroom

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course description: The unfortunate reality is less than half of high schools teach computer science. With a field that pays well and has openings that grow twice the rate of all other jobs, it would seem that every high school should be offering computing in the classroom. In this five week workshop, you will learn about the current state of computing in education, different activities you can perform with students that are easy to setup in the classroom, and you will become a "coder" yourself. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to create a plan for introducing computing in the classroom and receive various resources and support networks to help you execute your plan.

Instructor: Brian Krupp, D.Eng.


EDU-565-PD30: Funding for the Classroom

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course Description: As school budgets decrease, we recognize the need to find revenue for our classroom from other places. This course is designed to provide educators and administrators with simple strategies and resources for generating funding for their classroom or schools. We will examine criteria for establishing a need, the types of funding sources available and different resources for finding funding, packaging and telling the story of impact, the sustainability for ongoing funding and the follow up needed to acknowledge those involved in making the funding possible so they continue a relationship with you, your program and your students.

Instructor: Adam Sheldon


EDU-565-PD31: The Basics: 5 Everyday Activities to Foster Development in Early Childhood

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course description: Teachers and caregivers of early childhood aged children discover the 5 basic activities to promote brain development in children and connect with resources to help them learn to implement the ideas in the setting in which they work.

Instructor: Julie Rea


EDU-565-PD32: Debate as an Instructional Activity

1 credit  |  $195  |  Online  |  Flexible for your schedule
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* Registration is open April 3 - July 3, 2020. Self-paced modules can be completed in less than five weeks — or more if needed as long as it does not exceed the length of the semester. The course is open June 1 - August 1, 2020 and it must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Course Description: This online workshop would help educators of all disciplines learn how to implement and integrate debate into their content area. Modules 1-3 will use videos, readings, and discussion forums to help educators learn how and why debate is a great tool to use in their discipline. Module 4 will ask educators to create a lesson/unit plan for implementing a debate in their classroom. Module 5 will have educators share these lesson plans and give feedback to each other using the knowledge acquired in Modules 1-3.

Instructors: Jason Habig and Susan Finelli


Professional Development Courses for Music Educators

The BW Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning offers high-quality professional development courses for music educators.