Available courses

This course guides students in preparing to teach English Language Arts in secondary school classrooms by studying and practicing a repertoire of teaching/learning strategies based on principles research. This course is designed to examine, incorporate, and support the development of reflective, professional, collaborative, and research-based practitioners in the field of English/language arts.

This course focuses on children’s language and literacy development from birth to age eight. Students examine theories of language development; explore strategies for engaging children in integrated listening, speaking, reading, and writing experiences. This course provides early childhood teachers with a foundation of knowledge they will need to develop classrooms and learning environments. Emphasis will be placed on:

  • teaching students to work with young children and their families;
  • maintaining professionalism and developmentally appropriate practices;
  • implementing observation techniques;
  • developing and maintaining a learning environment;
  • using assessment to evaluate early childhood language and literacy.

Science Methods is a core teaching methods course for elementary and middle school science.  Through 15 mystery stories, this book memorably illustrates science concepts for students and reinforces the value of learning science through inquiry. Each mystery presents opportunities for students to create questions, form hypotheses, test their ideas, and come up with explanations.

This methods course is for high school science teachers.  Emphasis will be placed on effectively using various teaching methods for both middle and high school science.   This course offers “specific ways to enhance the curriculum, making it relevant, current and personal to students”

Both theoretical and practical applications will be covered.

This course focuses on the use of assistive technology to increase the independence and participation of students with disabilities in schools by providing them with access to the curriculum. With an emphasis on both the relationship between assistive technology and learning and on how assistive technology can be integrated into the curriculum, this course assesses the school-related tasks that students with special needs must perform in order to be successful. Additionally, this course will examine descriptions of technology-based solutions, presenting obstacles in clear, engaging prose.

Description: This methods course is for middle/high school Social Studies teachers.  Emphasis will be placed on effectively using various teaching methods for both middle and high school Social Studies.   This course offers “specific ways to enhance the curriculum, making it relevant, current and personal to students.”  Theoretical and practical applications will be covered.

This course is designed to facilitate learning and discussion around using the iPad effectively in the classroom.  You will be introduced to new tools and workflows to create learning resources and promote student curiosity and creativity.  There will be many choices throughout the course where you will be able to personalize the learning to best fit your needs.

“Thematic Units, Online and Recharged" is intended for PreK-6 educators and provides hands-on experience integrating online technologies that improve student learning and support instruction with Thematic Units of Study. Participants will study and use Backwards Design to create and/or recreate thematic units that utilize online activities and tools. Participants will learn to use an online environment to host and implement their unit of study. 

Participants will learn to differentiate between the needs of the online and face to face learner. Participants will analyze online learning environments in an effort to apply what they have learned to the construction of an online environment designed for their own classroom. The key stages of Online Learning and Salmon’s Five-step model will be examined and applied to the development of a virtual classroom space complete with e-tivities, Internet resources, blogs, online classroom tools, email, and linklists. 

Please contact me at dsmall54@gmail.com or 399-0381

This course prepares participants to teach Foreign Languages in Elementary through Secondary classrooms. A variety of teaching/learning strategies, methods, and activities will be examined and shared. Emphasis will be placed on teaching meaningful, grade-level appropriate language and real communication skills. Participants will learn the integrative approach to modern language instruction in which language is presented, taught, and assessed in meaningful contexts. 

Early Childhood Development is a study of physical, emotional, social and cognitive factors of growth and development of children birth to five designed for Early Childhood teachers. Emphasis will be placed on:

  • teaching students to work with young children and their families;
  • maintaining professionalism and developmentally appropriate practices;
  • implementing observation techniques;
  • developing and maintaining a learning environment; and,
  • using assessment in the Early Childhood classroom.

Teachers in the 21st century face the challenge of keeping up-to-date on the latest methods of teaching, new technology for the classroom, current trends affecting business education programs, and new learning styles. This course will cover 1) business education perspectives; 2) instructional concepts for business education; 3) business education curriculum, including methods and resources; and 4) organizational and professional responsibilities. 

Please contact me at dsmall54@gmail.com or dsmall@msad54.org

This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of effective instructional practices for gifted and talented students. Strategies for utilizing differentiation and developmental approaches that best address the educational characteristics, intellectual needs and creative imaginations of gifted and talented learners will be explored. A facilitator of learning for gifted or high ability students in the classroom must develop an ability to provide classroom experiences that stretch students further than they can comfortably go on their own. Adapting a learning environment to engage and encourage these learners involves a deep understanding of the needs of all students as they learn to use their gifts and talents to understand the world they live, learn and work in.  This course examines strategies that appropriately serve to support and extend the academic needs and creative thinking skills of gifted and talented learners.

Assessments that Meet Learning Styles is designed to explore alternative ways for students to show mastery of content specific standards. In this course, students will explore different learning style inventories from four leading theorists, which will be used to create alternative assessments for all learning types. These assessments will be the foundation for the unit to be implemented in the classroom.

As individuals responsible for technology in schools, we must be able to support both staff and students as they learn to use technology more effectively. This course meets the DOE certification methods requirements by providing practical and understandable information about integrating technology in K-12 classrooms. The TPCK model and National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers will be used to develop lessons and to examine how word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, telecommunications, multimedia and online software can be used to improve teaching and learning in all classrooms. A significant portion of this class will give participants an opportunity to explore and work with new technologies using AI Technologies.

 EDLD506ME Special Ed Law for Administrators Group 1

This course will examine “understanding the need for all teachers to be prepared with research-based strategies to instruct these students, this new book provides a comprehensive overview of what autism spectrum disorders are, their identification, and treatment approaches; specific information on diagnosis, learning behavioral, cognitive, and sensory characteristics, and etiology; and evidence-based practices for instruction, including social skills, communication, and academics. Other featured concepts include: a model for determining appropriate, individualized practices; assessment and planning including environmental planning; information to support teachers as they develop programs and learning environments; technology and transition; and working with families of students with ASD”

Teaching Study Skills for the Special Education Students will “provide a unique opportunity for active learning and practice that encourages student success in the classroom. Teaching struggling and special needs students to use study skills and strategies effectively is a vital step in transforming these students into accomplished and independent learners , this course offers a comprehensive and hands-on look at an array of time-tested approaches and innovative tactics for learning, retention, and analysis. In addition to the units that cover specific study skills such as taking notes, recalling information, and using time well, additional units instruct students on reading, spelling, math, and vocabulary support strategies.”

This course is designed with a twofold purpose in mind.  First, to prepare new teachers with the techniques, methods, and materials to begin planning and developing a successful educational theatre curriculum and program.  Secondly, to challenge veteran teachers to examine their current practice and to explore new topics and ideas in theatre education.  Ours is a creative content area and we are the perfect example of what life-long learning should be.  We will spend some time reflecting on the opportunities and challenges that remote learning has brought to the performing arts table.