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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Spring 2024

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

  • Price: $900.00
  • Dates: January 16 – March 10, 2024
  • Professors: Larry Newman
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

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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 - Brain Rules: How the Brain Learns (Online)

  • Price: $900.00
  • Dates: February 26 - April 21, 2024
  • Professors: Joe Brancoccio and Phil Hochman
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

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.  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.

EDU 526 - Financial Wellness for Educators: Thriving at Any Salary (Online)

  • Price: $900.00
  • Dates: March 11 – May 5, 2024
  • Professors: Scott Kennedy
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Personal finance and retirement can be confusing and intimidating topics. This course has been specifically designed for educators, like you, to discover what is financially possible so that you can manage your money responsibly and move forward with clarity and confidence. 

In this class, you will evaluate your current financial ecosystem, build awareness of the options available to you, and then create a personally tailored financial plan that prioritizes the people and experiences that matter most to you.

Complex financial topics such as your pension, social security, 403(b) plans, and more will be translated into easily digestible lessons that will prepare you to design intentional spending and savings plans, each equipped with action steps aligned to your personal values. 

Whether you’re just starting out in your career or you're a seasoned veteran nearing retirement, this course will be scaled to meet your needs and set you on a path to financial wellness.

EDU 526 - Adventure Education (2 MANDATORY In-person sessions and Online)

  • Price: $900.00
  • Dates: March 11 – May 5, 2024- Two Mandatory In-person sessions- Sunday, April 7 and Sunday, April 21- 9am to 3pm
  • Professors: Neill Edwards and Christian Stecher
  • Location: Online via Canvas and 2 Mandatory In-Person sessions at The Farm Ropes Course in Pottstown, PA

Classroom teachers, physical educators, counselors, and administrators are provided with broad knowledge of Adventure Education. The “hands-on” nature of the instruction offers practical experience in the content areas of classroom skills development; trust activities, group initiatives, processing and facilitation skills, safety, and low and high ropes. You will develop a confident style of imparting knowledge to your students by implementing this valuable teaching method. Due to the physical nature of the activities, medical situations may preclude a participant from certain activities. A medical waiver must be signed before participating.

This class includes 2 MANDATORY days in person (Sunday, April 7 and Sunday, April 21- 9am to 3pm)

at The Farm Ropes Course 2488 Sanatoga Road, Pottstown PA 19464. The remaining course content will be completed online via Canvas.