• Closing Gaps in Education and Achievement (3 Credits)

    $178.00

    PD Credits

    $440.00

    Grad-level PD Credits

    Closing Gaps in Education and Achievement – Online Professional Development Course

    This 3-credit online course for teachers focuses on identifying and closing the gaps in education and achievement – in your classroom and your teaching – so that all students can fulfill their potential. Click Here to View Syllabus LAUSD Course Code: NA-14-232 UMass Global University Course Code: EDKU 9140 

    Course Description

    Gaps in academic achievement have always existed, on a national scale, across school districts, and even inside classrooms. But just because something has always been a certain way doesn’t mean that it has to stay that way. If you’re interested in learning more about the types and causes of gaps in education and achievement and how you can close those gaps with your students, this online class is for you. The professional development course will address the roots and causes of the primary types of gaps in the classroom, including: linguistic gaps, gender gaps, socio-economic gaps, and racial and ethnicity gaps. Eliminating gaps in achievement can have far-reaching impacts, not only on students, but also on their families, their communities, and even society. Designed for all types of teachers, this online professional development course provides specific strategies and practices for closing education and achievement gaps, including:
    • methods for engaging, motivating, and increasing meaning
    • countering stereotypes and biases
    • maintaining high expectations and respect
    • addressing and confronting racism and other social issues
    • promoting true integration, teamwork, family, and belonging
    • overcoming discrepancies between your background and the backgrounds of your students
    • restorative justice, positive intervention, and behavior management
    “A word as to the education of the heart. We don't believe that this can be imparted through books; it can only be imparted through the loving touch of the teacher.” —Cesar Chavez Learn to be a factor in closing the gaps and bring forth profound positive change in students. Explore the gaps that exist in academic achievement on a national scale as well as evoke action and change toward more equitable education practices. This course offers some of the evidence and causes of inequity among our students, consequences and implications of such inequities, and definite attitudes and actions that we and our students can take that have been proven to increase equity in and through the education. Through our discussions, research, and experiences, shared throughout this course, we hope to further such knowledge, understanding and change, to clear away obstacles, loose shackles, relieve burdens, and afford a greater opportunity for each and all of our students to secure for themselves a bright future. As part of this online professional development course, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct original research on one or more achievement gaps that you’ve identified and are interested in studying. As you move through the stages of your research project, you’ll have the support of the instructor, as well as the other teachers who are taking the course. This 3-credit online course is approved by LAUSD for salary points and by other districts in California for professional development credits or graduate-level credits available through University of Massachusetts Global. You can check with your school district to find out which professional development credit type you need. The course is comprised of 5 units. For each unit, you’ll read a lesson, watch a video, take a quiz, and complete an assignment. Throughout the professional development course, you’ll post your responses in an online discussion forum, for interaction with other teachers who are taking the online course. Reviews
      "This course has inspired me so much and given me so many techniques for building relationships and closing the achievement gap."
     "This workshop was very relevant to my job and it gave me a clearer and healthier perspective about the impact of social factors including poverty, family structure, and discrimination on children's learning."
      "The course should be required for all teachers because too often this reality of educational gaps amongst different minority groups is not discussed nor are specific actions taken at schools to address these problems." 
     "The workshop has allowed me to understand better the various gaps that exist in education and has allowed me to review my teaching practices by being more aware of how I approach my students."
      "Every single unit offered great and valuable information that provided insights of a specific point."
    Learning Outcomes In this online course, you’ll learn about the primary causes of gaps in education and achievement and how to apply best practices for closing achievement gaps. Number of Professional Development Credits / Salary Points Teachers throughout California and the U.S. can earn 3 professional development credits by completing this online course or 3 graduate level credits (awarded through University of Massachusetts Global, formerly known as Brandman University). This course is also worth 3 salary points awarded by the LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District), depending on the credit type you choose. Target Audience This course is designed for all types of Pre-K through 12th grade teachers, including: early childhood education teachers, elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, high school teachers, special education teachers, staff, and administrators. NA-14-232 is the LAUSD course code for Closing Gaps in Education and Achievement, which you’ll need to use to get credit for salary points from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Additional Information/Questions Here’s additional information about the Closing Gaps in Education and Achievement online professional development course:
    • This course is 100% online – the coursework and interaction.
    • You’ll have six months to complete all of your coursework from the date that you purchase this online course. If you’re enrolled in three or more 3-credit online courses simultaneously, upon request, you’ll be allowed one year to complete the course.
    • Once you’ve successfully completed the Closing Gaps in Education and Achievement course, you’ll earn 3 LAUSD salary points, 3 professional development credits, or 3 graduate-level professional development credits.
    If you have any questions about the Closing Gaps in Education and Achievement course, or any of our other professional development online courses, please email help@education4equity.com. Related Courses If you’re interested in Closing Gaps in Education and Achievement, you might also like these related online courses: Disclaimer Disclaimer: This online professional development class has been approved by the LAUSD and UTLA Joint Salary Point Credit Committee. Please note, however, that the LAUSD does not endorse this online class provider over any other.
  • Classroom Management (3 Credits)

    $178.00

    PD Credits

    $440.00

    Grad-level PD Credits

    Classroom Management – Online Professional Development Course

    This 3-credit online course for teachers will show you how to successfully manage your classroom, using restorative justice techniques. Click Here to View Syllabus LAUSD Course Code: NA-09-11 UMass Global University Course Code: EDCU 9919

    Course Description

    Do you want to create a classroom environment in which all students can learn and student’s attitudes and behaviors support, not sabotage, your teaching? Would you love to have school administrators, members of the your school community, and students’ families support your classroom management efforts? If so, then you’ll love this online course on classroom management, using restorative justice practices. Restorative justice in education – in which traditional approaches to discipline are replaced with “mediation” that’s focused on repairing, not exacerbating rifts – might seem like an unattainable ideal. But restorative justice, when applied correctly, can be far more than just a “buzz word” or a substitute for warnings, punishments, and suspensions. In this online professional development course, you’ll learn about effective classroom management, including:
    • your role in ensuring fairness and equity in your classroom
    • preemptive practices for classroom management
    • optimal decision-making in responding to problematic student behavior
    • ways to ensure affirmation of all students, while repairing relationship rifts
    • tips for engaging students in the classroom
    • strategies for addressing student disengagement
    • ideas for group work that can aid in classroom management
    • recommendations for how to work with administrators and students’ families
    Learning Outcomes In this online professional development course, you’ll learn effective classroom management, using restorative justice practices that help ensure positive behavior and promote fairness and equity. Number of Professional Development Credits / Salary Points Teachers throughout California and the U.S. can earn 3 professional development credits by completing this online course or 3 graduate level credits (awarded through University of Massachusetts Global, formerly known as Brandman University). This course is also worth 3 salary points awarded by the LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District), depending on the credit type you choose. Target Audience This course is designed for all types of Pre-K through 12th grade teachers, including: early childhood education teachers, elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, high school teachers, special education teachers, staff, and administrators. NA-09-11 is the LAUSD course code for Classroom Management, which you’ll need to use to get credit for salary points from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Additional Information/Questions Here’s additional information about the Classroom Management online professional development course:
    • This course is 100% online – the coursework and interaction.
    • You’ll have six months to complete all of your coursework from the date that you purchase this online course. If you’re enrolled in three or more 3-credit online courses simultaneously, upon request, you’ll be allowed one year to complete the course.
    • Once you’ve successfully completed the Classroom Management course, you’ll earn 3 LAUSD salary points, 3 professional development credits, or 3 graduate-level professional development credits.
    If you have any questions about the Classroom Management course, or any of our other professional development online courses, please email help@education4equity.com. Related Courses If you’re interested in Classroom Management, you might also like these related online courses: Disclaimer Disclaimer: This online professional development class has been approved by the LAUSD and UTLA Joint Salary Point Credit Committee. Please note, however, that the LAUSD does not endorse this online class provider over any other.  
  • Arts Integration for Equity and Excellence: Music (3 Credits)

    $178.00

    PD Credits

    $440.00

    Grad-level PD Credits

    Arts Integration for Equity and Excellence (Music) – Online Professional Development Course

    This 3-credit online course, designed for teachers of all grades, in all content areas, focuses on how to use music to uplift students, bridge cultural gaps, heighten student engagement, and improve classroom management. Click Here to View Syllabus LAUSD Course Code NA-01-117 UMass Global University Course Code: EDKU 9139

    Course Description

    If you love music and would like to bring it into your classroom to enhance your teaching, promote learning, and influence student behavior, you’ll enjoy this online course. There’s real value in integrating arts into core content instruction, and music, in particular, can not only enrich core academic subjects, but also serve as a strong, unifying force. In this professional development course for teachers, you’ll discover how music affects the brain and how it can be used to improve listening skills and bolster communication and collaboration across diverse cultures. You’ll also become familiar with tools and resources that you can use to access, showcase, and produce music. Designed for all types of teachers, this online professional development course on integrating music into teaching includes segments on:
    • the value of arts in education
    • attentive listening
    • music and its effect on the brain
    • music for classroom management
    • music for social and emotional learning
    • music for core academic instruction
    • music, identity, and multiculturalism
    This 3-credit online course is approved by LAUSD for salary points and by other districts in California for professional development credits or graduate-level credits available through University of Massachusetts Global. You can check with your school district to find out which professional development credit type you need. The course is comprised of 11 units. For each unit, you’ll read a lesson, watch a video, take a quiz, and complete an assignment. Throughout the professional development course, you’ll post your responses in an online discussion forum, for interaction with other teachers who are taking the online course. Reviews
      "This course had a direct impact on my planning and classroom lesson delivery because it was practical and hands on."
     "Everything discussed in the course is of great value especially the creation of the final portfolio piece."
      "Every module was full of great and beneficial information that I can take away and use with my students in the classroom. I never knew how much music entailed and how essential it is until finishing this course." 
     "I loved every single project and assignment in this course. I have learned so much and take new knowledge of which will enhance my teaching skills and views towards new ideas."
      "This course has made an enormous impact in my teaching and planning for next school year. I am more aware and have the knowledge to seek the resources to implement music into my lessons with standard, strategies, and pedagogical skills which will promote an enriched learning environment for my students with special needs. I am privileged to share my knowledge and resources with grade level colleagues. Thank you in providing such a well structured course and excellent instructor."
    (5 Stars) "My district definitely values music and the arts when it comes to helping students have a holistic education experience. So I said to myself - ok - I will take a class on how to introduce music into my classroom. I envisioned the class talking about how to clap your hands to different beats to help you memorize math formulas. Well, that is all good, but this course opened my eyes to so much more, by teaching me how to use music for classroom management, emotional learning, instrument appreciation and even... silence appreciation. Take this course now and I guarantee a whole new world will open up to you on how to use music in your classroom to advance cognitive learning." Learning Outcomes In this online course, you’ll learn how to incorporate music into your teaching to heighten engagement and enhance classroom management. Number of Professional Development Credits / Salary Points Teachers throughout California and the U.S. can earn 3 professional development credits by completing this online course or 3 graduate level credits (awarded through University of Massachusetts Global, formerly known as Brandman University). This course is also worth 3 salary points awarded by the LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District), depending on the credit type you choose. Target Audience This course is designed for all types of Pre-K through 12th grade teachers, including: early childhood education teachers, elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, high school teachers, special education teachers, staff, and administrators. NA-01-117 is the LAUSD course code for Arts Integration (Music), which you’ll need to use to get credit for salary points from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Additional Information/Questions Here’s additional information about the Arts Integration (Music) online professional development course:
    • This course is 100% online – the coursework and interaction.
    • You’ll have six months to complete all of your coursework from the date that you purchase this online course. If you’re enrolled in three or more 3-credit online courses simultaneously, upon request, you’ll be allowed one year to complete the course.
    • Once you’ve successfully completed the Arts Integration (Music) course, you’ll earn 3 LAUSD salary points, 3 professional development credits, or 3 graduate-level professional development credits.
    If you have any questions about the Arts Integration (Music) course, or any of our other professional development online courses, please email help@education4equity.com. Related Courses If you’re interested in Arts Integration (Music), you might also like these related online courses: Disclaimer Disclaimer: This online professional development class has been approved by the LAUSD and UTLA Joint Salary Point Credit Committee. Please note, however, that the LAUSD does not endorse this online class provider over any other.

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