Free high-quality online professional learning courses for educators are now open for registration for the fall 2020 session, which starts October 5. The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is offering six courses and a series of modules that cover a variety of topics aimed to support educators in their practice, especially as it relates to remote teaching and learning. During this fall session, there will be two new course offerings that are built around the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Practice Guides for teaching math to youth children and teaching K-8 English learners.
Every course is designed with educators in mind. Courses are self-directed, peer-supported, project-based and allow for blended learning opportunities. They are flexible and can be accessed at any time, in any place and on any device.
Enroll now for the following courses:
This course will help participants more effectively prepare students with limited English proficiency in elementary and middle grades with the skills they need to be successful in school. Teaching K-8 English Learners focuses on the foundational skills that enable English learners to understand academic vocabulary, integrate oral and written English language into content areas, develop written language skills and participate in small-group interventions for literacy and English learner development. The course draws on the recommendations of the IES Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School Practice Guide.
The Teaching Math to Young Children online professional learning course will help participants develop a deeper understanding of developmental progressions in early math, investigate common methods of progress monitoring that inform instruction and use classroom activities and teaching structures to support young children to view and describe their worlds mathematically. This course is organized around the IES Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide.
Based on the research-based strategies we’ve shared with North Carolina educators over the past few months, these strategies will be focused beyond the COVID-19 crisis and will support participants in bringing remote learning to the classroom whenever it is needed. During this course, participants will:
- Learn best practices, resources and strategies to set their remote learning classrooms up for success
- Get focus on supporting students with limited connectivity, learning differences and other unique needs
- Develop an action plan for their remote learning classrooms
Build your own foundational understanding with this course of how social and emotional learning (SEL) skills are essential to student learning. Participants will also see examples of how others are teaching these skills, learn strategies to apply to their classroom, and share ideas with colleagues in their school, community and around the globe.
Coaching educators to create digital learning environments is a challenging, important and highly collaborative role. Individuals who play this role are instrumental in cultivating a digital, personalized blended learning culture within their school, district and/or state. This course allows participants to learn along with colleagues from other schools and districts to enhance digital learning content knowledge and further develop coaching strategies.
This course will help participants more effectively prepare students in grades K–3 with the skills they need to become successful readers. Teaching Foundational Reading Skills focuses on the foundational skills that enable students to read words, relate those words to their oral language, and read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to understand what they read. The course is organized around the recommendations of the IES Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade Practice Guide.
Can’t wait to get started? These courses are already open:
- Teaching the Beauty and Joy of Computing Curriculum
This course provides professional development and support for teachers of the BJC high school computer science curriculum.
- Teaching the Computer Science Discoveries Course
The Teaching the Computer Science Discoveries Course is a deep dive into content to bolster educators’ computer science understanding and the pedagogy underpinning Code.org’s Computer Science Discoveries
More information about each professional learning opportunity can be found at The PLACE.