Fall Recertification Classes

Fall Session Details

  • Fall Session: September 12-December 2, 2022
  • Registration Deadline: September 5, 2022
  • Format:  All courses are completely online through Moodle
  • Credit:  Each course is taught at the undergraduate level
  • Grading: A-F grade scale


  • $414 per course for those who qualify for VA in-state rate. Those who do not qualify for in-state rates should contact the Cashier's Office. 
Registrations ends on September 5th.

Fall Classes

  • This course discusses innovative, engaging approaches for teaching writing in the middle or high school ELA classroom that go beyond the basic 5-paragraph essay.  Supported by research-based pedagogy connecting student inquiry to project-based learning, the course will explore “real world” writing experiences that exemplify the 5 C’s of Virginia’s profile of a Graduate –  Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creative Thinking, and Citizenship – and align with the direction of Virginia SOL and PBA writing assessment.  You will leave with a collection of effective strategies, fun lesson plans, and ready-to-go resources to take back to your students.

    Stephanie Cassell

  • This course explores innovative strategies for teaching grammar in the middle or high school ELA classroom that go beyond boring worksheets and repetitive activities. Participants will examine common grammatical errors that young learners make and will consider ways to improve writing conventions by designing more engaging differentiated lessons. Participants will discuss and evaluate teaching techniques and collect ready-to-use resources to take back to their students.

    Hope Cloud Lyons

  • Research proves that understanding poverty and its relationship to education can help open up a world of achievement for students and adults. In order for that to occur, one must first have a clear understanding of the definition of poverty and the hidden rules that divide the social classes. Students will learn about the role of language and the hidden rules related to poverty in order to understand what resources are missing and which ones are needed to make a change in the lives of the impoverished. The challenge this course brings is not only to learn the information but also to utilize this knowledge.

    Fay Garrison

  • Trauma has a severe, lasting, and pernicious effect on the brains and learning of students, from young children to adolescents. The educational community is awakening to the realization that they must address the underlying effects on learning readiness in students impacted by trauma. In many cases, this must happen BEFORE the student can effectively learn. In effect, we have to go back before “square one” to SQUARE ZERO, the thing that happened to the student before he or she ever entered the classroom, and that must be understood and treated before making erroneous assumptions about behavior or study habits. This course is designed to introduce educators to those effects, give them tools to recognize students who may be impacted, offer suggestions for connecting with professionals and resources who can help, and help them to better understand the needs of impacted students.

    William Allison

  • The course will focus on developing an understanding of social and emotional learning by focusing on the five core competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. We will learn why social and emotional learning is important and how it impacts student success both inside and outside of the classroom. Finally, we will learn approaches to incorporate social and emotional learning into our classroom practices.

    Rick Bolling

  • 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 class will study and examine various positive discipline strategies for effective discipline and productive classroom environment in the elementary grades.

    Chelsea Lee

  • 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.”

  • Providing 21st-century learners with engaging, meaningful learning experiences can be challenging. By providing digital learners with opportunities to use technology, instructional content can be reinforced and retained. The Google Apps for Education course provides teachers with opportunities to learn about and use Google Apps in an educational setting. Teachers will begin the course with an introduction to Google Apps followed by an in-depth look at each specific Google App. Included in the course are helpful ideas and strategies for utilizing Google Apps in the classroom. Finally, an exploration into the Chrome Web Apps, followed by helpful guides for following copyright laws and policies is provided.

    Daniel Vanover

  • 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

  • This course is designed to help educators target struggling readers in their classrooms and examine the different areas that could be causing their individual weaknesses. The course content will include exploring techniques and strategies that target the five main components of reading: phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. The course will provide an online community where educators can explore these areas together and begin to formulate new and exciting ways to target specific areas of reading difficulty in their classrooms.


    Heather Short

  • This course focuses on using social media within the classroom setting. It will include a brief history of social media and its current role in society. Portions of the course will concentrate on how to use social media with students and parents for communication and learning. The course will also address using social media for professional development and the advancement of instructional skills for the educator. Digital citizenship and best practices for using social media in the classroom setting will also be discussed.

    David Ellena

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

    Chelsea Lee

  • The majority of the nation’s students will complete their education without ever being touched by peer violence. Nevertheless, televised images of frightened and injured students fleeing school grounds have imprinted themselves on the American consciousness. Compared to the other types of violence and crime children face both in and outside of school, school-based attacks are rare. Statistics indicate that few students will fall prey to serious violence in school settings.

    However, highly publicized school shootings have created uncertainty about the safety and security of this country’s schools and generated fear that an attack might occur in any school, in any community. Increased national attention to the problem of school violence has prompted educators, law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, and parents to press for answers to two central questions: "Could we have known that these attacks were being planned?" and, if so, "What could we have done to prevent these attacks from occurring?"

    Scott Addison

  • 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 is designed to refresh your conceptual knowledge of statistics while gaining a greater understanding of statistical thinking skills. We will explore statistical concepts through real-world applications and problem-solving. This course will cover descriptive statistics, probability, probability distributions, sampling, confidence intervals, statistical inference, and hypothesis testing, and linear correlation and regression. Throughout the course, we will also discuss various methods of teaching these statistical topics.

    Ann-Delyse Hopkins

  • This course is a study of current social issues related to sport. Students will explore topics such as deviance, mental health, politics, and other factors.  There will be an emphasis on the effect of social issues and how they play a current major role in sport and the health and well-being of student-athletes.  

    Matthew Williams