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 2019

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

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: May 13 - June 23, 2019
  • Professors: Jessie McFarland and Danielle Nuhfer
  • Location: Online

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 - Fostering Creative Thinking and Innovation in the Classroom

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: May 13 - June 30, 2019 In class meeting dates- 5/18, 6/1, 6/24, 6/25
  • Professors: Mark Eisenhuth and Chris Palochak
  • Location: Chester County Intermediate Unit, Downingtown, PA

This course is designed to demystify creativity and innovation. Students will discover that all human beings have a great deal of creative potential and will employ techniques for tapping into this immense, cognitive resource. Participants will research, learn, and discuss the most recent and widely accepted creativity theories: the thoughts of Keith Sawyer, Ronald Beghetto, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi will be examined. Coursework will include students/instructors learning how to, and putting into practice: brainstorming techniques, team problem solving practices, and applying these methods to examine, dissect, and solve problems they face in life and in their classrooms. Through these highly engaging, interactive, and reflective activities we will change the way teachers and administrators view creativity, and ultimately reshape classroom pedagogy. Making American students more innovative and better problem solvers will be the end goal of the course experience.

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

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: June 3 - July 14, 2019
  • Professors: Joe Brancoccio and Phil Hochman
  • Location: Online

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 - Understanding and Teaching Children Affected by Poverty (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: June 17 - July 28, 2019
  • Professors: Dan McDermott and Denae Thomas
  • Location: Online

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 - Teaching Students with Disabilities (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: July 1 - August 11, 2019
  • Professors: Kim Garns
  • Location: Online

This course is not designed for experienced Special Educators.  It is an introduction to education programming for people with special needs.  Special education law, history, and current practices are emphasized with a focused study on students who learn in a variety of ways.  We will discover how students with disabilities require a unique response to their education and examine educational systems and services that respond to learners’ with very special needs.  Teachers and educational professionals can make a real difference in the academic, social, and emotional outcomes of students with disabilities.   In this class, we will investigate topics such as: student-centered learning, co-teaching, Individual Education Plans, Functional Behavior Analysis, and Positive Behavior Support Plans. Furthermore, we will discuss specific disabilities (i.e. Intellectual Disability, Autism, Social and Emotional Disorders, Other Health Impairment) and how to respond to the needs of those specific students in our classrooms. 

EDU 526 - Making Web Based Technology Easier for 21st Century Teachers and Learners (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: July 8 - August 18, 2019
  • Professors: Phil Hochman
  • Location: Online

This course is designed to meet the needs of the internet generation. It was created to allow learners of all different technological levels to grow and maximize their practice utilizing freely available web based software to maximize their teaching impact. We will gradually and systematically break down all of the nuances of the web, and shatter barriers that hinder 24/7/365 learning. Participants will be brought to the awareness level of many new and exciting products that will reach the students in their classroom and reconnect them intellectually, socially and emotionally to any content area.  This course was designed to meet the needs of the most technologically challenged teacher to the most tech savvy.