ASCD PD Online

A District 68 Internal University: Summer 2016

Online Professional Development over the Summer!

We have been asked for the past two-years to begin offering Online PD for staff. After working through the issue, we have finally found a meaningful way to offer this learning experience for staff.

ASCD's award-winning online courses are developed by noted experts and practitioners and address the most relevant topics facing educators today. Using a blend of learning media, the courses include opportunities to tailor content to your learning needs and collaborate with colleagues.

Although PD Online has an integrated learning management system, which allows progress monitoring and assigning, it works with many institutional learning management systems as well.

Whether you’re a teacher looking to expand your knowledge of a topic or a superintendent who needs to bring scalable professional development to your district, PD Online’s intuitive design and embedded resources can support your learning goals and help your students excel.

How it Works

  1. Review the Online Course Offerings held in District Staff Share > Internal University ASCD PD Online
  2. Choose up to two courses to take during the summer of 2016
  3. Sign-up for your course via Smore RSVP (below)
  4. Get your friends to join and save money off the course cost.
  5. Attend the Night 1 Course Overview on Thursday, May 26 from 3:45- 4:45 at the PDC.
  6. Sign-up & pay online during the first night.
  7. Complete the assigned course assignments and modules.
  8. Attend the course follow-up reflection meeting in late August.
  9. Enjoy your summer!

Cost and Details

What is the cost for those who want to attend?

  • Cost of taking the course ($99-$129)
  • Free for those not taking Internal University credit.

How many Internal University credits will I receive for attending this course?

  • 1 Internal University credits will be presented to all who successfully complete the course

Can I get paid an hourly rate if I want to attend but don't want Internal University credit?

  • Staff choosing not to receive Internal University credit will be paid $14 per hour for each hour of class attendance.

How many CPDUs will I receive?

  • 16 hours if choosing to take for Internal University
  • 13 hours of CPDUs for those being paid to attend.

Course 1: Total Participation Techniques

Thursday, May 26th, 3:45pm

PDC @ Jefferson Junior High

Typical question and answer sessions allow students to tune out important classroom interactions, and traditional lectures leave most students functioning as ‘listening objects.’ To truly engage all learners, instructors need to use a more intentional approach to student engagement. In this online course, participants will explore the societal and personal costs of disengagement and the importance of higher-order thinking in creating environments that meaningfully engage students in content learning.

This course will introduce participants to practical techniques for cognitively engaging students during lessons. These include the uses of on-the-spot techniques, hold-ups, total participation techniques (TPTs) that involve movement, and TPTs for guiding and supporting students in their note taking. Participants will explore essential elements in building a TPT-conducive classroom, where students feel free to share with minimal risks. Finally, participants will analyze the cognitive engagement that is present in a classroom lesson as they apply their new understandings to their own teaching or through peer observations.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Course 2: Understanding Student Motivation

Thursday, May 26th, 3:45pm

PDC @ Jefferson Junior High

In Understanding Student Motivation, you’ll examine the basics of motivation and the role that motivation plays in academic performance. Through readings, video examples, and application exercises, you’ll learn how to establish strategies to create a respectful and connected classroom, balance structure and choice to create a positive attitude toward learning, set expectations, create challenging and engaging activities that are personally relevant to students, and develop strategies to help students feel more competent and confident in the classroom.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Course 3: The Next Generation Science Standards: An Introduction

Thursday, May 26th, 3:45pm

PDC @ Jefferson Junior High

In The Next Generation Science Standards: An Introduction, you will start with the background and genesis of the standards and conclude with assessment of the three dimensions (3-D) of learning. In between, you will discover the relationship between A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), science learning progressions, 3-D learning and instruction, and engineering practices and design. Through the in-depth readings, video examples, and supplementary resources, you’ll explore ways to begin implementing these standards and this revolutionary new mode of teaching science into your classroom, district, or state.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Course 4: Formative Assessment: Deepening Understanding Syllabus

Thursday, May 26th, 3:45pm

PDC @ Jefferson Junior High School

This course gets at the heart of formative assessment, beyond the basics. The

course begins with a lesson about understanding. What are we looking for when we

say that we want students to understand a concept? Many educators suggest that if

students can apply what they’ve learned, they’re on their way to understanding the


With that definition of understanding as a guide, the following modules delve more

deeply into the kinds of activities that allow students to apply what they’ve learned.

They also review the variety of formative assessments that enable teachers to

evaluate whether, how much, and what students are learning. The results of these

formative assessments provide teachers with the student learning data they need to

plan their next instructional steps.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Course 5: Where Great Teaching Begins: Designing Learning Objectives for Effective Instruction

Thursday, May 26th, 3:45pm

PDC @ Jefferson Junior High School

This course, Where Great Teaching Begins: Designing Learning Objectives for Effective Instruction, will give teachers and teacher leaders a deeper understanding of effective planning for student thinking and learning. Using readings and ideas of “deep design” from Anne Reeves’ book Where Great Teaching Begins (ASCD, 2011), the course focuses on the critical role that student learning objectives play in the learning process. It will also examine how these learning objectives inform assessment and instruction. Finally, you’ll use the ideas of deep design to decide how to take proper advantage of the technology tools of the 21st century.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Course 6: Formative Assessment and the Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

Thursday, May 26th, 3:45pm

PDC @ Jefferson Junior High School

The Formative Assessment and the Common Core Standards: English Language Arts/Literacy course is designed to inform participants about assessment practices to maximize student success within the context of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

After establishing a useful definition of formative assessment, we’ll explore how it can be most effectively used and how to take the necessary steps to create formative assessments that inform teacher and student alike. Common Core standards have been designed to reflect increased rigor and focus, signaling the importance of educational practices, such as formative assessment, that can promote students’ progress toward higher levels of achievement.

Through in-depth readings, video examples, and practical applications you can use immediately in your lesson planning and classroom instruction, you’ll explore a range of formative assessments and see how to implement them in your own practice.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Office of Teaching and Learning

Greg Wolcott

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

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