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For the learner who prefers attending a live class with an instructor and classmates, this format is a unique and rewarding option for learners to gain graduate semester credits. This interactive Face-to-Face format offers great interaction and guidance by experienced educators in a stimulating class environment at numerous locations.
College Credit Connection, LLC offers graduate semester credit through Vanguard University of Southern California, a WASC accredited University.

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BEAT THE CLOCK: MAKING THE MOST OF INSTRUCTIONAL TIME Enroll

EDUX 5100 (A, B, C, D).   Currently available in Lancaster and San Leandro, CA.

Time is one of the most precious commodity of the classroom teacher. This course focuses on improving classroom management systems and tools to maximize instructional time. Participants will examine ways to minimize distractions, develop effective transition strategies and improve flow as students move from one task to another. Helping students maintain focus and develop good study skills will also be an outcome of this class.

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BUILDING A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR LEARNING Enroll

EDUX 5110 (A, B, C, D). 

This course offers educators the opportunity to lay the groundwork for building successful classroom programs. Working collaboratively, participants will design and construct curriculum and materials that are content-inspired and student-centered. This course provides classroom teachers the opportunity to share their best practices with fellow educators, create a comprehensive file of activities to reinforce and teach skills, develop a systemic approach for enhancing learning centers, and adapt materials that target the needs of their students. 

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BUILDING CURRICULUM TO MEET STATE STANDARDS Enroll

EDUX 5120 (A, B, C, D).

Participants will construct modules of materials for use in conjunction with curriculum units. The development of materials to support all aspects of instruction and assessment will be featured throughout the course. This class gives teachers the opportunity to prepare ancillaries such as task cards, games, bulletin boards, centers, social studies, language arts, and math materials for their classrooms. 


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CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE: ENCOURAGING SELF-RELIANCE & RESPONSIBILITY IN STUDENTS Enroll

EDUX 5130 (A, B, C, D).  Currently available in Bakersfield, CA.

This course is designed for teachers who wish to improve classroom discipline, encourage student self-reliance and optimize the learning atmosphere for everyone. While enhancing their natural disciplinary style, participants will also experience a broad range of innovative and time-tested approaches to this oldest of classroom problems.

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CLASSROOM DISPLAY MODELS Enroll

EDUX 5140 (A, B, C, D).  

This course will help educators enhance the classroom environment with exciting displays and bulletin boards certain to inspire students. Participants will learn display techniques designed to motivate students in the areas of language arts, social studies, math and other content areas. A rich classroom environment provides a profound impact on student success and achievement.

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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS Enroll

EDUX 5150 (A, B, C, D).  

This course will outline a variety of community resources that can enhance learning across the curriculum, expand lessons, and increase understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultural elements of our neighborhoods. Study tours will be arranged to provide first-hand contact with historical sites, museums, multicultural art displays, and other important locations. A wealth of community resources will be made available through curriculum outlines, classroom materials, and informative presentations.
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CREATING READER’S WORKSHOP IN YOUR CLASSROOM Enroll

EDUX 5160 (A, B, C, D).  


This course focuses on assisting educators in expanding their knowledge of current best practices in reading instruction while meeting the challenge of California State Standards. Activities, ideas, non-fiction text selection, and to grade-level specific standards will be presented and discussed. Ample time will be given to develop meaningful lessons for classroom use. Participants will have the opportunity to see how a non-fiction, strategy-based reading program works within the school setting. Students will examine techniques to use with struggling readers and learn the important difference between accelerating literacy progress versus remediation.

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CREATIVE EXPRESSION IN THE CLASSROOM Enroll

EDUX 5170 (A, B, C, D).  

This course is designed to cover a variety of strategies and solutions to combine creativity and problem-solving throughout the curriculum. Participants will explore multimedia approaches using a discovery/problem solving model incorporating perception, production and reflection. A broad range of "thinking activities" and authentic assessment will be showcased that will help release the talents of all students at all learning levels. Hands-on projects will be presented that will encourage pupils to move from "visual to verbal" and in the process, develop skills in mathematics and oral and written language. Emphasis will be placed on discovering and developing the unexplored talents of students at all levels of the learning spectrum.

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CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT & DESIGN Enroll

EDUX 5180 (A, B, C, D).  Currently available in Ventura, CA.

Developing a fun and exciting curriculum that meets the Content Standards can be challenging for any educator. This course focuses on designing curriculum that matches the standards with teacher-made materials students love to use. Participants will examine ways of documenting student performance in order to modify and redesign the curriculum to meet both content standards and the needs of the children in the classroom.

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DEVELOPING QUALITY CURRICULUM: A HANDS-ON WORKSHOP Enroll

EDUX 5190 (A, B, C, D).  Currently available in Bakersfield, Chula Vista and Santa Clarita, CA.

This hands-on course will provide each participant with an extensive portfolio of center-oriented materials as well as a management system designed to increase student motivation and reinforce achievement in content standards. Participants will construct project cards, work center materials, games and activities that provide reinforcement to pupils of every grade and ability level. The focus will be on Standards-Based activities in language arts, math, and social science.

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EFFECTIVE ART PROCESSES Enroll

EDUX 5200 (A, B, C, D).  


This course is designed to aid educators in developing a broad palette of art processes, activities and materials that enrich the learning process and curriculum with creative projects. Participants will expand their ability to bring out the creative capacities of their students and link their artistic talents to the learning of basic skills and content. In discovering how art can be applied to all learning areas, student achievement and improved self-esteem can be realized. The course instructor will present art media and projects that can be adapted in the classroom to bring out the most from every student.

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EFFECTIVE PRACTICES FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS Enroll

EDUX 5210 (A, B, C, D).  

This course will explore effective practices for working with children deemed to be at risk of educational failure. Participants will examine ways that they can work together with their schools to engage students and motivate them toward success. The use of creative and flexible scheduling to extend learning time, differentiating instruction, organizing heterogeneous student groupings and designing classrooms to accommodate different learning styles are some of the ways educators can effectively improve the learning environment for all students, including children considered at risk.
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ENRICHING LANGUAGE ARTS WITH ART Enroll

EDUX 5220 (A, B, C, D).  

Bring Content Standards to life with this exciting course designed to enrich the Language Arts program through the use of art projects and activities. Participants will explore ways of directly linking art experiences with specific literature selections. Participants will collaborate in creating meaningful projects designed to increase each student’s creativity, love for reading and self-esteem. This dynamic class will provide teachers with ready-to-use samples sure to enliven the learning process. This essential class is designed to enhance any language arts program.

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EXPANDING THE CLASSROOM THROUGH STUDY TOURS Enroll

EDUX 5230 (A, B, C, D).  Currently available in Glendale, CA.

This course will emphasize the wealth and important curriculum implications that community resources, museums, and natural and historical sites have on student achievement.  Study tours will have application to all study skills, portfolios and content across the curriculum.  Rich resources for language arts, social science, multicultural studies, art and math will be examined.  Participants will evaluate in depth the implications of the study tour for their grade level and cross section of ability levels before and after taking a visitation. This is a wonderful opportunity to enrich the classroom experience of your pupils and motivate them to read and write about the things they have seen.

 

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FROM COVER TO COVER: ENRICHING THE CURRICULUM WITH STUDENT CREATED BOOKS Enroll

EDUX 5240 (A, B, C, D).  

This course takes a hands-on approach course for educators who wish to add enrichment and excitement to the curriculum in their classroom. The course emphasizes strategies for using student-made books to develop language, math and critical thinking skills. A wide range of book construction processes suitable for all grade levels will be explored. Students will use whole numbers and measurement, as well as dimensional figures and geometry to develop math skills. Geometric concepts of space and form will be explored with flexagon and geometric-shaped books. Whether teaching language arts, or any content subject, student made book construction provides a lifelong problem solving skill that leads to authorship and builds self esteem.

 

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GET IT TOGETHER: TEAM-BUILDING & NON-COMPETITIVE GAMES Enroll

EDUX 5250 (A, B, C, D).

This course is designed for educators who wish to create a cooperative culture in their classroom. The course focuses on team building activities, skills and games that will increase a student's self-esteem and coordination. Presentations will address appropriate learning experiences for every pupil in a variety of areas such as basic movement, skills, balance, rhythms, line and non-partner dances, and team and dual sports activities that impact students for a lifetime. The course will stress models that encourage pupils to value their personal identity, self-control, self- direction and self-expression resulting in improved performance across the curriculum. The goal of the course is to help teachers replace student apathy and inertia with excitement and the joy of movement
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GO FOR THE GOLD: IMPROVE PUPIL PERFORMANCE USING INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS Enroll

EDUX 5260 (A, B, C, D).  Currently available in Ventura, CA.

Quality instructional materials are an important component in creating a winning formula for student success. Participants will develop, construct and share new and exciting materials such as job boards, bulletin boards, flash cards, learning activities, games and learning centers. Focusing on differentiated learning, materials can be adapted to meet the educational needs of students at all grade levels and subject areas. These practical and time-tested projects will surely help students excel and bring home the gold!

 

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IMPLEMENTING CREATIVE COMPONENTS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM Enroll

EDUX 5270 (A, B, C, D).  Available in San Jose, San Mateo, Sunnyvale and Fremont, CA.

This course will focus on infusing creative components into Content Standards throughout the curriculum.  Exciting concepts, projects and activities will be presented that will challenge EO (English Only) and ELL (English Language Learners) students alike. Strategies and materials for increasing student motivation and augmenting Content Standards will be explored. This course will be packed with gems, guaranteed to spark the flame of creativity and learning that will shine in your classroom tomorrow.

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IMPROVING STUDENT SELF-CONFIDENCE Enroll

EDUX 5280 (A, B, C, D).  

This course will focus on improving student self-esteem in order to create an optimal learning environment. A broad spectrum of confidence-building topics will be discussed, such as: empowering techniques, interpersonal communication, the impact of role-playing and other self-esteem activities that help students make progress in how they self-identify and see others. Focusing on classroom environment, pupil interaction and classroom management through the lens of self-esteem issues can bring positive change to students and improve the learning process. 

 

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INCORPORATING ART IN ACADEMICS Enroll

EDUX 5290 (A, B, C, D).  

This course reinforces research studies that indicate art-based curriculum enhances critical thinking. The tactics of using multiple intelligences to create a variety of practical applications that strengthen standard-based outcomes are investigated and modeled in this course. The research and data will be analyzed and reinforced by practical application. The aspects of utilizing the multiple facets of art as it relates to literature and history will be examined. The simplicity of building self-esteem and utilizing speech and communication will be implemented in detail throughout the course. 

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INTEGRATING THE VISUAL ARTS STANDARDS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM Enroll

EDUX 5300 (A, B, C, D). 

This course is designed for educators wishing to take an interdisciplinary approach to integrate the Visual Art Content Standards throughout the curriculum. Projects will be presented using a hands-on approach that can be adapted to many grade levels and subject areas such as mathematics, language arts and social studies. Emphasis will be placed on implementing a full range of innovative art media processes using a variety of readily available materials as a spring board to integrate art across the curriculum. Recommendations will be made to meet State Standards and the needs of all students at any learning level within the limited time constraints of multiple-curriculum mandates in today's over-scheduled and busy classrooms. Open the door of creativity by encouraging self-expression throughout the curriculum!

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LANGUAGE ARTS, MATH, & PHONICS DEVELOPMENT THROUGH HANDS-ON MATERIALS Enroll

EDUX 5310 (A, B, C, D).   

This course examines a broad range of activities that reinforce, re-teach and enrich skills in math, language arts, and phonics. The course materials are designed to teach students at every skill level and are targeted to meet mandated standards and programs. Math materials expand student development from simple number recognition, addition and subtraction to complex mathematical equations. In language arts, projects range from simple letter recognition to blends, digraphs, syntax, cause and effect recognition and categorizing. Participants can adapt all materials to suit the needs of their own classroom and select from hundreds of samples, ideas and patterns. These well-researched projects will have positive impact on student motivation and success.

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MAKING MEANINGFUL MATERIALS Enroll

EDUX 5320 (A, B, C, D). 

This course is designed to enrich, enliven and bring energy to the curriculum with instructional materials that grab your attention and improve motivation in the classroom. Participants construct games, learning centers and activities that provide reinforcement to students at all ability levels. Course participants create developmental activities that lend themselves to independent work time and cooperative learning groups.

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MEETING THE NEEDS OF OUR GIFTED CHILDREN Enroll

EDUX 5340 (A, B, C, D).  

This course is designed to provide teachers the opportunity to find new ways to meet the needs of the gifted children in their classroom. Participants will explore a wide range of activities designed to provide educators with strategies that challenge and motivate students, while allowing for continuous progress and growth. Participants will focus on working with the often creative, sensitive and intense personalities of gifted children in order to develop social, emotional and academic skills that will benefit them in the future.

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MULTICULTURAL DIVERSITY: THE MELTING POT OF MANY Enroll

EDUX 5350 (A, B, C, D).  Currently available in Glendale, Temecula, Chula Vista and Vista, CA.

This course is designed for the sensitive educator wanting to gain understanding of the ever-changing cultural diversity of the students in today's schools. Participants will explore the ethnic and cultural groups in the community environments in which their pupils live. The fusion of cross-cultural customs and values will be presented. Study tours to culturally enriching sites will be taken to give in-depth understanding of the varied language ability, cultural heritage and historical backgrounds of our students.  A broad range of cultural likenesses and differences will be covered.  Multicultural education and understanding is an essential element and critical to the success of the schools and our society. 

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SHARING TEACHING TREASURES Enroll

EDUX 5360 (A, B, C, D). 

This course brings educators together to collaborate and share their most successful classroom projects. Participants will gather a significant body of tried and tested practical ideas, lesson plans, activities, games and centers that they can adapt to their own classroom situations.

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SIMPLE SOLUTIONS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR PROGRAM Enroll

EDUX 5370 (A, B, C, D).  Currently available in Santa Clarita, CA.

This course will provide educators with a variety of simple and effective solutions for strengthening their classroom programs. Participants will explore activities designed to expand student learning beyond the basic curriculum. This is a hands-on course that will give classroom teachers the opportunity to construct projects to enhance the curriculum. A wide range of methods to enrich the curriculum will be explored.  

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SUCCESSFUL CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION Enroll

EDUX 5380 (A, B, C, D).  

This course provides participants the opportunity to explore organizational concepts. Individual and group projects supporting critical thinking and creative interaction will be covered, as well as the utilization of cooperative learning groups and partnerships. Outlines of the organizational structure will be presented covering ways groups may organize their materials, prepare their research and/or art projects, and detail the process of presenting their work to their fellow students.

 

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TEACHING IN THE MULTICULTURAL CLASSROOM Enroll

EDUX 5390 (A, B, C, D).   Currently available in Bakersfield and Simi Valley, CA.

This course will assist classroom teachers to optimize the learning experience for students in the multicultural classroom. It will support educators in a pluralistic society to remain sensitive to the learning needs, personal interests and cultural characteristics of their students. The course further supports classroom teachers in helping them more fully understand the goal of multicultural education in creating educational opportunities that are equal for all students and in helping every child acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to function effectively in a democratic society. 

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TECHNIQUES FOR MANAGING THE CLASSROOM Enroll

EDUX 5400 (A, B, C, D).  

This course will focus on the mechanical aspect of setting up an effective learning environment for students. Through classroom discussion, presentations and review of research materials, participants will gain new ideas and confirm their own knowledge related to proper management of the classroom. 

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THE LITERACY LADDER: CLIMBING TOWARDS COMPREHENSION Enroll

EDUX 5410 (A, B, C, D).  

This course emphasizes the acquisition of methods and the development of lessons that teach reading comprehension. The use of different resources in media, interactive exercise, and standard-based examples will be demonstrated and illustrated for use in the classroom. In this course participants will be directed to the California State Standards as a starting point for lesson planning. Examples will be described and modeled as a guide to the development of each participant’s personal lesson plans.

 

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THE SUCCESSFUL CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT Enroll

EDUX 5420 (A, B, C, D). 

This course is designed to help educators create an optimal learning environment in their classrooms. Participants will explore various concepts, models and ideas for building an environment that will improve on-task performance, class mood, student motivation and disciplinary strategies. Creating a stable and predictable classroom environment will benefit children with attention deficiencies and improve the overall atmosphere of the classroom. 
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UNDERSTANDING STUDENT CRISES Enroll

EDUX 5430 (A, B, C, D).  

This course examines the growing pressures and mounting problems contemporary students face every day. Obesity, self-esteem issues, drugs, violence, pregnancy, alcoholism, family instability and a host of other problems place tremendous stress on students. This course will provide teachers with information on all sides of the issues as well as a wealth of classroom activities and projects designed to deal with student crises.

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USING ART TO BRING THE CURRICULUM TO LIFE Enroll

EDUX 5440 (A, B, C, D). 

This course explores a variety of art activities designed to enhance instruction and curriculum, as well as inspire activities that will help teachers achieve Content Standards. Multicultural and major holiday projects will be covered. An outline of sources for inexpensive materials will be provided to all participants as a guide for developing a personal file box of creative ideas and standards-based projects for their classrooms. 

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WORKING WITH CHALLENGING STUDENTS: BULLIES AND VICTIMS Enroll

EDUX 5450 (A,B,C,D).  Currently available in Chula Vista, Vista and Temecula, CA.

This course will offer participants the opportunity to collaborate with fellow teachers and administrators in order to better understand the negative impact of bullying behavior. During this course, participants will develop ways to work with bullies and victims, improve the self-image of both, and create ways to ensure that all students can learn in a safe and fear-free environment. As participants consider how bullying often obstructs the ability of students to progress both academically and socially, they will examine and collaborate on solutions to this serious issue in today’s schools.

 

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EFFECTIVE CLASSROOM PEDAGOGY: INCREASING TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH RESEARCH Enroll

EDUX 5460 (A, B, C, D).

This course is designed to provide the educator with an opportunity to apply information from the study done by the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McRel) group and reported on by Robert Marzano (1998). The course will focus on instructional strategies used in K-12 that have a high probability of enhancing student achievement across all subgroups, grade levels and content areas.

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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT FOR EVERY TEACHER Enroll

EDUX 5470 (A, B, C, D). 

This course is designed to assist educators in developing successful strategies that instill a calm and orderly learning environment. Participants will learn tips to improve classroom discipline through individual and group motivation techniques. Educators will establish ways to work with the needs of each child by encouraging productive student behavior through effective organizational practices, rewards, and learning. This course will cover preventative discipline practices and practical management methods that are essential to establishing and maintaining classroom control. 
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EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE Enroll

EDUX 5480 (A, B, C, D).  Currently available in Chula Vista, CA.

This course will cover the most recent innovations in the teaching and learning process. Participants will examine strategies in the areas of discipline, classroom management, group dynamics, and centers that have content implications across the curriculum. Techniques for building self-image, improving study skills and getting the most out of every student are incorporated in this course. This class will give you a glimpse into the very best in teaching/learning programs.

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INSPIRATIONAL CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT Enroll

EDUX 5490 (A, B, C, D).  

This dynamic course will help educators build exciting classroom environments designed to motivate and bring out the best in every student.  Creative bulletin board display concepts will be covered, targeting all areas of the curriculum and contributing to the successful achievement of Content Standards. Educators will develop a file of ideas and lesson plans that combine holiday information with art, social science, math and language arts. Practical art skills will be made easy for all educators and students to master. Art display concepts will also be covered.  

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MULTICULTURAL APPRECIATION Enroll

EDUX 5500 (A, B, C, D).  Currently available in Ventura, CA.

This course provides educators with the opportunity to better understand and appreciate the ethnic and cultural groups of their community through in-depth examination of community environments in which their pupils live. Participants will explore the fusion of cross-cultural influences that define social and political America in celebrating how our diversity makes our classrooms, communities and nation stronger. Information that adds appreciation of our American cultural and political heritage will be covered. Study tours to cultural enriching sites will be part of this class. Participants will gain a better understanding of multicultural education and its critical importance to the success of the schools and our society.

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ORGANIZING THE CLASSROOM FOR MAXIMUM ACHIEVEMENT Enroll

EDUX 5510 (A, B, C, D). Currently available in Simi Valley, CA.

This course assists teachers in streamlining their classrooms for maximum individual responsibility, minimum stress, and superior achievement. Participants will focus on procedures for maximizing the use of time for instruction and learning. Methods for the delegation of responsibility and consequences for students who detract from the ongoing educational process will be covered as well as ways teachers can maintain a quality learning environment without overtaxing their energies or their pocketbook. 

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THE LIVING CLASSROOM Enroll

EDUX 5520 (A, B, C, D).  Currently available in Santa Clarita, CA.

This course emphasizes visiting community resources and natural and historically significant locations that bring the classroom to life. Participants will tour educational sites that have genuine implications for student achievement and social understanding. These tours will have application to all study skills, portfolios and content across the curriculum. Rich resources for language arts, social science, multicultural studies, art and math will be encountered. Participants will evaluate in depth the implications of the tour for their grade level and cross section of ability levels before and after taking a tour. This course provides a wonderful opportunity to enrich the classroom experience of  all students and motivate them to read and write about the things they observe.

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THE 21st CENTURY CLASSROOM Enroll

EDUX 5530 (A, B, C, D). 

This course focuses on providing strategies to help teachers manage the myriad of issues and pressures they face in the contemporary classroom. From the viewpoint of curriculum planning, participants will work together to develop useful, practical and effective means to confront challenging issues such as family instability, addiction, and peer pressure. This course will examine, difficulties arising from the complexity and stress of the modern world, and include current topics of interest that affect the classroom such as technology, innovations in media, and changes in government mandates.


 

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THE ART OF CURRICULUM DESIGN Enroll

EDUX 5540 (A, B, C, D). 

This course will focus on empowering the classroom teacher with innovative and tested approaches to curriculum development. Participants will share their successful curriculum projects with one another, bringing out their best ideas and finding new ways to improve instruction. Working together, teachers will see more clearly the obstacles of their personal curriculum and find new paths along the road to learning. This course will transition classroom teachers from conveyers of curriculum to artists of curriculum design.

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THE COLORS OF EDUCATION: USING THE PALETTE OF STANDARDS TO PAINT YOUR LESSONS Enroll

EDUX 5550 (A, B, C, D). 

This course is designed to explore innovative and creative ways to relate art across the curriculum by incorporating art history, art processes and art projects with all subject areas. This course will increase participants’ knowledge of the interdisciplinary aspects of art, expand understanding of art concepts, and provide a broad portfolio of ideas adaptable to all grade levels. Sources for the background of the components of the Visual Art standards will be covered. Study tours may also provide further perspective.

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THE CREATIVE CLASSROOM: THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Enroll

EDUX 5560 (A, B, C, D).  Currently available in Temecula, Chula Vista and Vista, CA.

This course showcases a variety of exciting techniques that will help to release the creativity of educators and their students.  While scripted instruction has weakened the ability of students to problem-solve creatively, this course will offer inventive practices that motivate students and bring mundane aspects of the curriculum to life in ways that reward and enrich every child’s learning experience. Enrichment concepts can be applied across the curriculum including: language arts, social science, math and science. Creativity in the approach to content can be of significant value across the curriculum. Participants will explore presentation formats and develop a portfolio of exciting ideas that have application to the whole teaching/learning experience. 

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THE SPECTRUM OF DIVERSITY: AMERICAN CULTURE AND HERITAGE Enroll

EDUX 5570 (A, B, C, D). Currently offered in Simi Valley and Bakersfield, CA.

This course will explore the synthesis of the multiple cultural and social groups that influence and define social and political America. Participants will investigate and experience in-depth studies of specific cultural and social groups and explore community environments pertaining to their history, heritage, self-expression and shared articulation. Assimilation and blending of cultural, religious, familial and

political traditions within the overall milieu of American society will also be topics covered in this course.

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UNCOVERING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Enroll

EDUX 5580 (A, B, C, D).   Currently available in Glendale, CA.

This course is designed for teachers interested in locating educational opportunities that provide a broad supplementation to classroom education. Participants will experience first-hand community resources that can be used to deepen understanding and widen their students’ worldviews. These educational sites are ideal for class fieldtrips and learning activities that can be offered as extra credit opportunities or extracurricular family outings. Participants will explore new ways to help their students discover the world.
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UNLOCK THE TREASURE CHEST OF LEARNING Enroll

EDUX 5590 (A, B, C, D). 

This course will offer a treasure chest of outstanding contemporary and traditional teaching strategies that achieve student success across the curriculum. Participants will explore programs that have application to every learning level and student background. Participants will discover successful programs in existing classrooms as the best tools of the trade are shared by teachers collaborating with fellow educators.  

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WEAVING ART ACROSS THE CURRICULUM Enroll

EDUX 5600 (A, B, C, D).  

Participants of this course will develop a broad range of practical art projects designed to support learning in specific curriculum content areas such as social studies, science, math and language arts. Participants will explore room and bulletin board display models that improve student self-image and serve as a basis for oral and written language and art appreciation. In this hands-on course, educators will gain first-hand experience through the construction of sample materials for use in the classroom immediately.

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WINNING STRATEGIES AND MOTIVATIONAL TECHNIQUES Enroll

EDUX 5610 (A, B, C, D).   

This course is designed to aid teachers in the process of developing effective strategies and proven techniques conducive to improving student self-esteem, classroom participation, and learning retention. Activities that extend children’s knowledge beyond the basic curriculum and provide thoughtful approaches to content will be presented. Program suggestions will be explored that can be used with students at all learning levels. This is a hands-on class in which educators will construct effective projects, explore a wide range of methods to enrich the curriculum, and share their findings and perspectives with other educators. A study tour may also be incorporated in the class to broaden students’ horizons and increase their ability to make connections across the curriculum.

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COOPERATIVE GAMES AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT Enroll

EDUX 5620 (A, B, C, D).   

This course is designed for teachers who wish to put excitement, fun, and significant physical development into their classroom activities. Cooperative games build social skills and help students realize the importance of collaboration and mutual success. Participants will discover how cooperative games encourage teamwork, creative thinking, and problem solving. Because physical development is an essential part of the education of the whole child, participants will gain insights in how to encourage their students to exercise regularly and be more alert and energetic in the academic arena of the classroom program. Teachers will rediscover the joys of a well-rounded program that incorporates physical activity with the teambuilding concepts of cooperative games.
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CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS: STRATEGIES FOR SOLVING THE PUZZLE Enroll

EDUX 5630 (A, B, C, D). 

This course assists teachers who want their students to become more effective in dealing with critical thinking skills as they apply to the curriculum and instruction. Participants will explore these skills along with thematic teaching strategies to help students reach higher levels of effectiveness in a wide range of curriculum areas. Critical thinking skills as they relate to test taking will also be covered. Participants will learn how they can more effectively help their students develop the ability to evaluate oral or written presentations or discussions.
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DEVELOPING LITERACY THROUGH MUSIC Enroll

EDUX 5640 (A, B, C, D).  

This course focuses on the interactive use of music in the classroom to improve students’ listening skills, memory, expressive movement, reading, writing and language development. This course will assist teachers in understanding the research studies that show how featuring music in language arts and literacy instruction greatly improves the reading and writing skills necessary to succeed in life. Participants will learn how including music in classroom instruction creates an environment conducive to learning, reduces stress, stimulates interest and actually makes the brain more receptive. Course participants will experience the wonderful advantages of learning through music. Assistance will be given to all participants in the development of projects that relate directly to their grade level and to the needs of their students.
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ENERGIZE YOUR CLASSROOM WITH MOTIVATING MATERIALS Enroll

EDUX 5650 (A, B, C, D).  

This course teaches participants how to bring out the best in their students and energize their classroom with materials that brighten, inspire and motivate. This course provides creative impetus, dazzling templates and models, and a plethora of material designs and ideas to brighten every classroom. This course helps participants reinvent their classroom design to excite and engage their students.  Projects that relate to State Content Standards and fulfill District Mandates will be presented.

 

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EXPLORING THE WORLD OF MATHEMATICS Enroll

EDUX 5660 (A, B, C, D). 

This course is designed for educators involved in teaching math to students at all ability levels. Content standards and frameworks in math will be reviewed and applied to every grade level. Lesson plans that present the math processes in a logical and easily understood sequence will be discussed. Materials that can be used to reinforce concepts will be presented. This course focuses on improving each participant’s teaching skills and enhancing their students’ academic achievement in all levels of math.

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FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION: THE ART & SCIENCE OF CREATING STANDARDS-BASED MATERIALS Enroll

EDUX 5670 (A, B, C, D).  

This course provides educators with the opportunity to discover and create effective art projects and processes that will enrich student learning in areas such as language arts and math. It will assist participants in developing materials that will capture students’ attention and inspire their imagination. The course presents various ways educators can bring out student creativity and improve self-image as children find expression through art. Participants will construct hands-on materials to assist in differentiated instruction, incorporating exciting projects into the core curriculum for use in learning centers and/or cooperative learning groups. 

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INTERACTIVE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS Enroll

EDUX 5680 (A, B, C, D).  Currently available in San Leandro, CA.

This hands-on course is designed to build from the foundation of the curriculum and then develop it to new heights. Educators will examine each area of the curriculum and develop materials for students at every learning level.  Participants will focus on areas of interest, collaborate with peers, and augment their lesson plans as they discover fresh ways to improve student understanding, perspective, and retention in language arts, math and social studies.

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NEW APPROACHES TO IMPROVING LITERACY Enroll

EDUX 5690 (A, B, C, D).  

This course focuses on the latest approaches to language arts and provides participants the opportunity to find ways of improving instruction in reading literacy, writing, speaking, listening, and building academic vocabulary. Participants will be given a number of current models for utilizing reading literacy in a Content Standards program along with lesson plans for adapting the program to students of all abilities. Center activities for individual self-selected reading will be covered. Every participant will take away a wealth of activities and ideas for immediate use in their classrooms.

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REACHING OUT: TEACHER/STUDENT INTERACTIONS Enroll

EDUX 5700 (A, B, C, D).  

This course is designed to add successful models for student/teacher interaction to the teaching repertoire of working educators.  The teaching and learning processes will be carefully examined as well as all aspects of the classroom climate as it relates to the rules of conduct and social interaction of students and teachers. Participants will explore ways to reach out to students and bring them fully into the learning process. This class is a must for educators who wish to improve the stress levels and atmosphere of their classroom, resulting in greater enjoyment of the teaching and learning processes.

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RELIEVING STRESS IN THE CLASSROOM Enroll

EDUX 5710 (A, B, C, D).

In this course participants will explore all aspects of the teaching/learning process that may contribute to stress in both educators and their students. Educators will develop organizational skills and strategies to alleviate the effects of pressure and anxiety. Because classroom and work-related stress can undermine teachers’ ability to do their jobs effectively, techniques designed to help educators and students lower stress levels will be presented. Critical topics including relaxation techniques, room environment changes and interpersonal model changes will be addressed. Participants will share issues they confront in their classrooms and on their campuses and develop plans to make them more manageable

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STORYTELLING: INCREASING STUDENT MOTIVATION AND READING LITERACY Enroll

EDUX 5720 (A, B, C, D).  

This course provides teachers with the skills necessary to use storytelling as a key to unlock student motivation and reading literacy throughout the curriculum. As participants gain an understanding of the powerful tool of storytelling, their presentations become more compelling, interesting and effective. In addition, hands-on development of materials for EO and ELD, as well as word walls, will be covered in this course. Participants will discover how factual information in social science and science can become humanized and much more memorable when imbedded in the storytelling process. Educators will analyze this age-old skill and gain an understanding of how this critical tool can continue to be valuable for both teachers and students throughout their life experience.

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Common Core Effective Strategies Enroll

EDUX 5760 (A, B, C, D).  

In this course participants will learn how to translate the common core standards into practice.  They also will work on strategies to accelerate student achievement.  Participants will summarize and evaluate research on the course topic, actively engage in related activities, and establish future goals for their students and classrooms. This course combines educational theory and practical implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
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Education Law Enroll

EDUX 5800 (1 or 3 Units Available).  Currently available in Ventura, CA

This course will focus on education law and the aspects educators should know in order to function in today’s educational environment.  The rights and responsibilities of educators and students will be examined and discussed. Participants will review California Education Code, federal and state laws, case law, contract law, board policy, and other sources.
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