Spring Recertification Classes

Spring Session Details

  • Session Dates: February 14-May 6, 2022
  • Registration Deadline: February 7, 2022
  • Format:  All courses are completely online through Moodle
  • Credit:  Each course 3 undergraduate credit hours
  • Grading: A-F grade scale

Tuition:

  • $319.50 per course for VA in-state residents
  • Out-of-state or non-citizen status subject to an additional capital fee

Spring Recertification Classes

  • 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

  • This course will guide students through several teaching strategies for the English classroom. The content will include strategies implemented using no technology, low technology, and high technology. “No Technology” strategies involve activities and approaches that are hands-on and involve little to no technology available to students and teachers. “Low Technology” strategies will consist of activities for classrooms with access to only one or two devices. “High Technology” will involve strategies in which access to classroom sets of devices is more readily available.

    Katie Vanover

  • With the rising tide of online learning options, it is easy to lose the solid instructional foundation to flashy web resources. This course is designed to help you build online learning environments in Moodle based on research frameworks and essential elements that will increase participation, improve instructor/student and student/student relationships, and provide a user-friendly and effective online learning experience for all learners.

    Heather Askea

  • 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 allow students to let their imagination rocket as they create a variety of activities that will add zing to science instruction. The use of inquiry, games, technology, literature, and music are just a few of the ideas that will be integrated into the class. This class will focus on the development of materials that will address the Virginia Department of Education’s Science Standards of Learning.

    Angela Turley

  • Every student has his/her way of learning, and when teachers incorporate that style in their teaching, they have their students’ undivided attention. The focus of this class will be to help teachers use strategies that will help students move “the concrete to the abstract” and improve achievement (Payne, 2011).

    Fay Garrison

  • In this course, we will look at a number of important Curriculum and Instructional Topics and learn about the principles and strategies that successful teachers understand and skillfully employ to achieve consistently outstanding results in their classrooms.

    Danny Dixon

  • This course is designed to provide a myriad of best practices to enhance the classroom experience. The course content will include exploring techniques and strategies that improve teacher efficacy, teacher affect, and increase satisfaction in education. Implications for instructional improvement efforts are discussed.

    Selena Kiser

  • 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

  • This course addresses identifying a gifted learner (this will be a brief intro, you cannot discuss the issues facing a gifted learner unless you understand truly gifted vs high achieving students), current problems (legislation and policy changes), the impact of technology on the gifted learner, and the social and economic needs of gifted learners.

    Sarah Medukas

  • 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

  • Student success for many years has been determined by their performance on state standardized tests.  Therefore, many teachers have found themselves helping students with the regurgitation of facts instead of a true application of knowledge through practice.   This course will help teachers understand what Performance Assessments are and how they can assure mastery and application of knowledge using Project Based Learning.  

    Dennis Carter

    Kimberly Williams

  • 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

  • This course focuses on identifying and enhancing leadership skills and knowledge for teachers. The course is designed to help teachers develop leadership skills that can be used in the general education setting and as a means to prepare a teacher for entry into school administration.

    David Ellena

  • 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

  • Math C406 is designed to refresh your conceptual knowledge of algebra while gaining a greater understanding of algebraic thinking skills. We will explore algebra concepts through real-world applications and problem-solving. This course will cover topics including linear equations, inequalities, polynomials, quadratic equations, rational expressions, and rational equations. Throughout the course, we will also discuss various methods of teaching these algebraic topics. This class is designed to be a truly supportive learning community where students can learn and work together in an online format. Since there are no face-to-face meetings, students are required to post on a teaching tip forum each week to share activities and ideas. Students are also required to submit homework every week.

    Ann-Delyse Hopkins