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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Summer 2020

EDU 526 - Effective Classroom Management Strategies and Skills (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: May 18 - June 28, 2020
  • Professors: Larry Newman
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Registration period has ended.

This course has been developed for the classroom teacher. It combines theory and practical application. Participants will be challenged to share their gifts and talents with the class and also examine areas they feel they need to improve. Teaching the children of today in the classrooms of today within the culture of today demands a retooling of the concept of teacher. Teaching factual information is easy. The true question is – are the students’ actively learning what is being taught? In order to bridge the gap between teaching and learning it is critical teachers possess effective classroom management strategies and techniques. “Essential Strategies…..” explores every aspect of managing a classroom from kindergarten through grade twelve. We start with the basics and using a variety of teaching and learning strategies we allow participants to develop the necessary skills to be a more effective teacher.

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

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: June 15 - July 26, 2020
  • Professors: Jessie McFarland
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

This course is full. Please add to the waiting list and you will be contacted as soon as there is an opening.

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 - Strengthening Social Emotional Learning by Integrating Art and Wellness (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: June 29 - August 9, 2020
  • Professors: Mamta Kochhar
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Registration period has ended.

This course will survey and explore the various artistic styles and how art and creativity can be tied to any content area in an expanded form with extensions. To expand the horizon, we will look at both Western and Non-Western Art and artistic styles of Asia: Buddhist and Indian art, Arts of Africa and Native American
art and how they impacted the generations and our own selves. It will give participants a way to think about the world differently, to make connections, and to contemplate our place and role in it.

The course design will have the flexibility to incorporate the participant’s professional background. Paintings, sculpture and creative pursuits will be studied and incorporated as individual’s work in relationship to their social and professional backgrounds. The cultural influence upon contemporary art will be covered as well. Focus would be on how to incorporate our latent talent into our daily personal and
professional life.

EDU 526 - Human Sexuality (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: July 6 - August 16, 2020
  • Professors: LeeAnn Marchesi and Jenny Purvis
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Registration period has ended.

This is an introductory level human sexuality course with an overview of the concepts from current research in human sexuality.  Focus is placed on the extent to which sexual beliefs are culturally determined.  Students identify their own values, identify those of others, and become at ease discussing the many different topics of sexuality.  This course is for counselors, teachers, nurses, coaches and all staff who want a deeper level of experience in self-reflection, self-awareness, courageous conversations, and the willingness to explore vulnerability and biases as the core of meaningful human experiences in sexuality.

Fall 2020

EDU 526 - Diversity Awareness Level 2: How To Make Positive Change (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: August 31 - October 25, 2020
  • Professors: Emilia Minacapelli
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Recommended but not required to have taken EDU 526- Diversity Awareness in Education previously.

This course is designed to take introductory knowledge in Diversity Awareness in Education and put it to use through action. During this course, participants will not only get a deeper understanding of diversity but also be equipped with the tools to successfully facilitate everything from advanced classroom activities to district-wide policy implementation around the topic. Course participants will also leave with the ability to overcome challenges and setbacks that may arise, plus the knowledge and skills necessary to create constructive educational and social change on a scale that can extend beyond the classroom.

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

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: September 14 - November 8, 2020
  • Professors: Phil Hochman and Joe Brancoccio
  • 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 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.

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

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: September 28 - November 22, 2020
  • Professors: Larry Newman
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

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 - Understanding and Teaching Children Affected by Poverty (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: October 12 - December 6, 2020
  • 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 - SEL Strategies for Teaching Reading (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: October 26 - December 20, 2020
  • Professors: Lauren McFadden
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

In this course, candidates will further their comprehension of the relationship between social emotional learning and literacy. Students will closely examine a range of different strategies for teaching reading available to the secondary education teacher.
We will examine a wide range of instructional methods to support the specific development of grade 6-12 learners experiencing difficulty with reading. In addition, the course focuses on the use and value of reading assessments, differentiation within the classroom, and the overall benefits of teaching literacy across content areas. In this course, we will investigate topics such as: fluency, decoding, comprehension, balanced literacy, close reading, scaffolding, differentiation, brain breaks, mindfulness, etc. Furthermore, we will discuss how to utilize specific reading strategies and skills within diverse content areas, as well as how to respond to the social and emotional needs of those specific students with reading disabilities in our classrooms.