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  • This course examines the design and analysis of algorithms, including sorting and searching; recursion; analysis of complexity; algorithm paradigms; NP-complete problems; and complexity metrics.

    David E. Frazier

  • This course is meant to provide teachers with weekly lessons to build a child’s Emotional Intelligence or EQ.  Participants will engage their classrooms in EQ-building lessons and discuss the outcomes in weekly discussion boards.

    Lucas Shortt

  • Access to and the effective use of current and emerging technologies are essential elements for contributing to a deeper learning experience for students. This class is designed to guide educators through the Virginia Standards of Learning for Digital Learning Integration.  This guided exploration of the standards also includes the curation and creation of resources, strategies, and lesson activities to help educators create learning experiences that empower student learners.

    Daniel Vanover

  • This course will allow participants the opportunity to have an understanding of current legislative action, the influence of past laws, and to develop an awareness of legal decisions. The results will yield a new-found knowledge of our “teaching parameters.”

  • Conflict is a very real part of every workplace. Left unresolved, conflict can eventually destroy an organization. Deal with it properly, and conflict can produce positive change and encourage personal and professional growth among colleagues. This course is designed to help individuals at any level in any organization identify, face, and resolve conflict.

    James Garrison

  • The class is designed to study and examine how a growth mindset can increase engagement, improve results, and inspire students in the classroom.

    Scott Addison

  • The purpose of this course will be to examine and discuss elements of a well-organized classroom. Participants will discuss what works in their own classrooms as well as what does not. Assignments will address strategies for overcoming areas of weakness and setting short and long-term improvement goals. The instructor will adjust the syllabus based on the needs of the class participants.

    Gequetta Bright

  • This course is designed to help educators teach higher-level reading concepts at a lower readability level. We will use texts by Dr. Seuss to address higher-level reading vocabulary and reading strategies.

    Ashley Boggs

  • This course will focus on the study of the foundations of education and the teaching profession as a whole. It will include reviewing the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations underlying the role, development, and organization of public education in the United States. Participants will review the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations; school as an organization and culture; and contemporary issues and current trends in education, including the impact of technology on education. Local, state, and federal governance of schools, including the roles of teachers and schools in communities will be reviewed. Professionalism and ethical standards, as well as personal integrity,  will be addressed. Students will be required to exhibit knowledge and understanding of Virginia’s guidelines for uniform performance standards and evaluation criteria for teachers.

    Dante Lee

    Deandra Jones

  • This course is designed to provide information on balanced reading instruction in grades PreK-6. Specific topics addressed will include theories/models of the reading process, language acquisition, phonemic awareness, word identification strategies (sight vocabulary, phonics knowledge, structural analysis, and contextual analysis), vocabulary development strategies, comprehension strategies, reading-writing connections, and assessments (formal and informal). 

    LeAnn Gunther

  • The principles and processes of human development from birth to adolescence are presented. Emphasis is placed on the development of the whole child.

    Kimberly Austin

    Tonya Deel

  • A survey of the field of special education. Emphasis is on techniques for integrating students with intellectual, emotional, social, and physical handicaps into the least restrictive educational environment. Students will review legal aspects that include an understanding/application of regulatory requirements and expectations associated with the identification, education, and evaluation of students with disabilities. 

    Priscilla Brame

    Lara Kennedy

  • This course is designed to help students identify the definition and characteristics associated with specific disabilities and the learning and behavioral needs of students with those disabilities as they access the general education curriculum at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The disabilities discussed in this course are: learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, developmental delay, autism, other health impairments, traumatic brain injury, and multiple disabilities.

    Stacey Sturgill

  • In this course, we will be examining various aspects of student assessment including test construction, administration, scoring, and interpretation of results. We will focus on the use of test data to make educational decisions for students, with an emphasis on developing programs for students with special needs. Attention will be given to both norm-referenced tests and curriculum-based assessments.

    William Allison

  • The study of emotional handicaps and behavior disorders including their characteristics, etiology, and assessment criteria. The class will include preparation in behavior management, psychoeducational, and ecological strategies for instructing students with emotional and behavior disorders. The student will learn to apply a variety of techniques to design educational plans for students with behavioral and emotional disabilities. 

    Cindy Bates

  • This course addresses techniques for assessing and remediating specific learning and behavior problems of elementary-age students with learning and behavior disorders.  Specific attention is given to teaching basic academic subjects and methods of classroom management. The development and implementation of Individual Education Plans will also be stressed.

    Stacey Sturgill

  • The goal of this course is to prepare special education teacher candidates to develop high-quality IEPs, and design and implement services that accurately reflect those IEPs. One of the most important and challenging duties of a Special Educator is the development of Individualized Education Plans. Designed to ensure that a student with a disability receives a free and appropriate education, an IEP is a legally binding document that outlines exactly what services and accommodations a school system will provide for a student with a disability. This course will take students through the process of eligibility determination and IEP development, with an emphasis on the associated state guidelines and legal responsibilities. Students completing this course will learn about and practice the steps to developing an IEP for students participating in a general education curriculum and the Virginia K-12 Standards of Learning. How to organize and implement services, as well as how to objectively measure and monitor progress will also be addressed. Students will be required to develop a sample IEP and create a plan for implementation. There will be ample opportunities for participants to exchange feedback, ideas, and suggestions.

    Cindy Bates

  • In this course, we will be examining various aspects of student assessment including classroom and state assessment. It will examine the relationship between assessment and effective instruction at all stages of instruction: before, during, and after. The course will focus on the collection and evaluation of data that inform instructional planning, assessment tools for gathering data prior to instruction, design, and implementation of effective formative assessments, and development of summative assessments appropriately aligned to learning targets. The course will emphasize the importance of the integration of assessment before, during, and after instruction as essential to student learning success.

    James Wardell

  • This course is designed to provide future special education teachers extensive study in preparing students with disabilities to make transitions throughout their educational experience and into adulthood.  Course participants will study strategies that will enable them to prepare students and work with families to provide successful student transitions throughout the educational experience to include post-secondary training, employment, and independent living which addresses an understanding of long-term planning, career development, life skills, community experiences and resources, self-advocacy, and self-determination, guardianship and legal considerations. Participants will identify strategies that are essential in teaching life skills to students and are necessary to achieve the greatest level of personal independence.  This course will prepare students to work with families, students with disabilities, and related agencies to plan and prepare for transitional needs that will enhance each student’s capacity for personal independence.

    Lara Kennedy

  • This course will cover basic musical concepts in the elementary classroom, appropriate PreK-6 activities, including singing, movement, listening, and instrumental activities appropriate to child growth and development. In addition, the student will complete a comprehensive study in materials, techniques, methods, and problem-solving strategies for the teaching of choral and instrumental music in secondary schools through lectures, demonstrations, and field experience.

    Ryan Wardell