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 2019

EDU 526 - SEL Strategies for Teaching Reading (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: August 26 - October 20, 2019
  • 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.

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

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: September 16 - November 10, 2019
  • Professors: Larry Newman
  • 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 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 - Communication: Creating a Message of Understanding

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: October 7 - December 8, 2019 In class meeting dates- 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23
  • Professors: Joe Brancoccio and Phil Hochman
  • Location: Chester County Intermediate Unit, Downingtown, PA

This course is designed to create more effective communicators.  You will learn to influence with integrity when delivering your desired message.  The perception by others of the message you provide will be examined and critiqued.  Your skills will be assessed, improved, and redirected, creating a renewed method of universal understanding when dealing with anyone you encounter, regardless of their personality type, learning style, or frame of reference.  After intense interpersonal exercises, and much self-reflection, you will develop a new set of skills in the areas of both written and oral communication.  Skills designed to enhance your ability to craft an effective message.  A message which elicits the desired response you had hoped for.  Imagine the possibilities.

EDU 526 - The Gender Question (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: October 7 - December 8, 2019
  • Professors: Megan Hauser
  • 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.

As an educator, it can be hard to know how to navigate the changing landscape of gender. At times it may seem like your students know more than you do, with different acronyms and terms being used every day. This course will help educators at all grade levels grapple with the gender question by reflecting on your own socialization, analyzing the cultural norms surrounding your students, and exploring age-appropriate ways for bridging their lived experiences with your classroom communities. Educators will leave the course with terms, tools, and training for how to best support all students.

EDU 526 - Learning Through Movement: Kinesthetics in the Classroom (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: October 14 - December 8, 2019
  • Professors: Pam Gregg
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

What do you do with those children who are constantly restless and seem not to pay attention to your content? Infuse simple movement activities that allow students to engage more completely in classroom activities. This course will help teachers seamlessly apply research-proven movement activities into their day-to-day routines. We will explore movement frameworks including Brain Gym and Sensorsises. Also, we will examine how right-and-left-brain dominance impacts teaching and learning. We will investigate the place implicit and explicit learning has in today's classrooms. This course is interactive by nature; we encourage comfortable dress.

EDU 526 - Foundations of Teaching Stress Management (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: October 21 - December 15, 2019
  • Professors: Phil Hochman
  • 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 focuses on 4 key concepts that are directly relevant and applicable to the daily stress levels you experience and observe in the classroom, in the school building and on a playing field.  To make connections to our very own students/athletes is paramount, crucial to the course as we delve into practical methods to apply and address stress intermittently and sometimes immediately. By increasing our knowledge of core information about stress and the daily intricacies in which it is embedded, we will have increased vision and be able to “see” where and when we can apply this knowledge to our students and their behaviors. As a result we can decrease stress in their lives, which means less stress for us. Through reading, sharing, research, collaboration and connecting we will connect course work to classroom application. We will build confidence in ourselves and our ability to see, apply and adapt to many student behaviors and classroom situations.  This course is meant to increase awareness, realize potential and help connect us with our students.  We will better listen to our students’ needs, learn from one another and communicate more effectively as we learn in a fun, safe, environment that promotes less stress.  By approaching the class with an open-mind and a willingness to “experiment” and partake in multiple engaging activities, one will be able to transfer these concepts and activities into one’s classroom. Ultimately, one will lower the stress levels of students and the environment as one experience more success and happiness in one’s career.