Professional Development Courses: Schedule

All three credit courses require 42 hours of instructional work throughout the duration of the course. Whether it is in-person class time or online alternative instruction, it is your opportunity to put your new knowledge into immediate practice. The frequency of online discussion/interaction with instructor and classmates is throughout the course. It is available 24 hours a day. For course descriptions simply click on the course name or visit our course catalog. 10 days prior to the course you will receive a Welcome email with directions and any other instructions for the course. If you have any questions about our scheduling please feel free to contact us at info@thomstecher.com.

Registration for courses closes 5 days before the first day of class or if the course is filled.

An official Grade Receipt Letter will be mailed by Neumann University at the conclusion of the course.

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Fall 2021

EDU 526 - Stress Management: Specific Solutions for Educators (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: August 30 - October 24, 2021
  • Professors: Jessie McFarland
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Registration period has ended.

The course is designed to help teachers, administrators, and support staff assess their stress levels, identify primary causes of excess stress in both their professional and personal lives, and learn specific, realistic stress reduction strategies. Participants will learn how and why stress levels, burnout, and job dissatisfaction are disproportionately high in the educational field. Educators will explore the most appropriate and necessary choices facing anyone in high stress occupations: change your skills, change your position, change your attitude, or change jobs. Participants will learn and practice relaxation and visualization techniques, safe and simple exercise options. and other strategies that are under their control.

EDU 526 - The Hero’s Journey: Identifying and Living Your Heroic Story (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: September 20 - November 14, 2021
  • Professors: Scott Heydt
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Registration period has ended.

There is a potential hero/heroine in us all. Our heroic journeys take us through life’s most transformational moments. Whether facing our teenage years or facing retirement. Whether facing graduation or facing a cancer diagnosis. Throughout life, we are called to adventure, wittingly or unwittingly, suffer through challenges, and hopefully emerge with wisdom and strengthened character.

This course utilizes Joseph Campbell’s 17-stage monomyth structure, made famous in his book The Hero with 1,000 Faces. Participants will analyze ancient myth, classic literature and contemporary children’s literature, compose personal and professional reflections, analyze photographs and movie clips, and participate in problem solving initiatives, each tied to an individual monomyth stage. Throughout, participants will explicitly discuss use of monomyth to meet Language Arts, Social Studies, Health & Wellness, and Social Emotional standards.

EDU 526 - Safe Schools: Conflict Management, Anger Control, and Violence Prevention (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: October 4 - November 21, 2021
  • Professors: Larry Newman
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Registration period has ended.

This course is designed to provide concrete, immediate, experiential, prevention/intervention skills to deal with the issues of conflict, anger, and violence. Conflict is constant in the lives of ever-changing human beings, but conflict, left unchecked, becomes unhealthy. Anger and subsequent violence have brought fear into our schools, classrooms, and our children’s daily experience. No one is perfect. It is unrealistic to think we can avoid conflict and anger completely. Furthermore, it is unrealistic to think these emotions cannot be harnessed in a safe, healthy manner. In this course, we will cognitively and experientially understand the “seeds” of violence and develop healthy individual and school system responses.

EDU 526 - Brain Rules: How the Brain Learns (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: October 25 - December 12, 2021
  • Professors: Phil Hochman and Joe Brancoccio
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Registration period has ended.

This course is designed to familiarize participants with twelve brain rules necessary for healthy brain activity.  When implemented in course instruction, these rules create an environment that allows optimum learning potential.  Awareness of the rules will enhance students’ ability to comprehend complex concepts.  Participants will learn the research behind each of the twelve rules, and personally explore and reflect on each one.  Ultimately they will discover how to positively impact instruction in the classes they teach in the future.  John Medina, the author of Brain Rules, and several other brain researchers’ findings will be cited throughout the course through the use of power point, video, and the course workbook.  Activities will be implemented throughout the course to enhance comprehension of the subject matter, and provide examples of classroom methods that may be used in the participants’ own classrooms.

Spring 2022

EDU 526 - An Educator's Guide to Support Parents/Guardians Dealing with At-Risk Youth Behaviors (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: January 10 - March 6, 2022
  • Professors: Larry Newman
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

One of the most important tasks teachers face is working to establish a positive, constructive relationship with the parents/guardians of their students. When there are no outside issues parent contacts and face-to-face meetings are straightforward. What if the student, their child, is involved in any at-risk behaviors? What skillset is essential for the teacher to possess in order to aid the parent/guardian in helping their child be
successful in school? This course addresses those key issues. Specific strategies will be presented, discussed, practiced, and implemented allowing participants to gain those critical skills.

EDU 526 - Self-Care Coaching for the Selfless Educator (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: January 31 - March 27, 2022
  • Professors: Jessie McFarland
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

This course is designed to provide educators with increased opportunities for self-care through full group interaction as well as one-on-one coaching.  We will focus on creating awareness around current well-being trends and providing manageable solutions and ideas on how to nourish your mind, body and spirit and alleviate stress. This course is designed to address the reality of the overabundance of educator stress and potential burn out.

We will take self-care to a new level by providing educators with their own personal wellness coach who will work with them to create self-care goals.  In addition, each week will cover one of the “Pillars of Self-Care” where educators will have the opportunity to learn more about these topics and apply the content to their own lives, both in the classroom and personally.

EDU 526 - Understanding and Teaching Children Affected by Poverty (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: February 14 - April 10, 2022
  • Professors: Dan McDermott and Denae Thomas
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

This course is designed so that educators can better understand children coming from poverty. Poverty will be discussed from a variety of viewpoints; including: financial, emotional, mental, spiritual and physical. We will examine the critical role that support systems, resources, relationships and role models play as intervening factors. We will explore the hidden rules and habits of poverty situations. Some key beliefs of this course are: poverty is relative, poverty occurs in all races, economic class is a continuous line not a clear cut distinction, there is a difference between generational and situation poverty. Participants will experience research-based strategies to assist children affected by poverty.

EDU 526 - Cultural Awareness and Social Emotional Learning’s role in Global Citizenship Education

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: March 7 - May 1, 2022
  • Professors: Mamta Kochhar
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

This course will explore the various educational nuances, cultural styles, and education systems around the world. It will promote Global Citizenship and Learning. It will concentrate on curiosity before judgement. As our classrooms increasingly get more diverse, cultural awareness and Social Emotional Learning play an important role in academics and behavioral wellness. SEL competencies lend themselves to global learning, and vice-versa, as both benefit with the goal of fostering respect, collaboration, and responsible decision-making. This will also tie in the five SEL Competencies and look at various family structures and supports that can be tied to any content area in any classroom/non-classroom setting. To expand everyone’s horizon, we will look at specifically four countries, both Western and Non-Western, Canada, Ghana, India, and Finland, and how their education system impacted the generations and others. I am excited to share a global journey with you all which will also incorporate your experiences, challenges, and the students in your classrooms.

We will be looking at SEL through different lenses and see how it is incorporated worldwide and explore rich content. It will give participants a way to think about the world differently, to make connections with students from different parts of the country and the world, and also to contemplate our place and role in it.

The course design will have the flexibility to incorporate the participants’ background. The content and its exploration will be incorporated as individuals’ work in relation to their social and professional needs and how creativity weaves in a common thread. The cultural influence upon education will be covered as well. Focus would be on how to incorporate our cultural awareness into our daily personal and professional life. We may have an International guest speaker(s) too who will share their perspective.