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 2022

EDU 526 - Strengthening Social Emotional Learning by Integrating Art and Wellness (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: August 29 - October 23, 2022
  • Professors: Mamta Kochhar
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

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, make connections, and contemplate our place and role in it.

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

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

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: September 26 - November 20, 2022
  • 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 - Safe Schools: Conflict Management, Anger Control, and Violence Prevention (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: October 10 - December 4, 2022
  • 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 - Curious Leadership: Appreciative Inquiry in Education (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: October 24 - December 18, 2022
  • Professors: Jennifer Ozgur
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Students will receive an introduction to Appreciative Inquiry for teachers to use in the classroom and for use within the school system.  This course is an interactive course where students will be conducting Appreciative Interviews with each other, create a project to be used in class, and for future implementation of Appreciative Inquiry in their own careers. Students’ projects will be shared with their peers so that they may gain knowledge from one another.