To register for ER&D Classes
call Community Education at
ER&D Local Site Coordinator
This course presents a synthesis of research on the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning, covering starting-the-school-year topics of room arrangement and rules & procedures; effective group management practices; interactive direct instruction; time on task; teacher praise; and homework practices. The presented research identifies specific, core teacher behaviors, often performed unconsciously, that support good teaching. It helps teachers become aware of the complexities of teaching, reflect on their own practice, and move their use of effective strategies to the conscious level.
This course provides practical application of instructional strategies identified in the research on effective instruction and proven to support student learning. The focus is on cognitive strategies that encourage critical thinking and helps to transfer the acquired skills resulting in the learner moving from novice to expert. Course participants will learn to evaluate curriculum materials across content areas, organize content for learning, develop and/or evaluate scoring guides for student tasks. These strategies are applicable for K-12 classrooms. Each session will require reading and participation in activities.
The anti-social actions of a small but powerful percentage of students in school not only put their own academic success at risk but threaten the learning environment for the rest of the class. This course presents research on emotional and behavioral problems of students who consistently act out. Participants will learn strategies to reduce and/or prevent the occurrence of disruptive or dangerous outbreaks. This course is intended to provide educators with instructional tools to change practice and promote student achievement. This course will offer a non-threatening, non-judgmental learning environment, providing opportunities for thoughtful discussion about teaching and learning with colleagues and researchers. The course blends theory and practice into meaningful strategies that promote social skills development and academic progress.
The research evidence is clear: parent and family involvement is critical to student achievement. Benefits outweigh the challenges in implementing effective parent and family involvement. Learn how to collaborate and involve them to become partners in education of children, schools, families and communities. The primary function of this course is to help school staff understand how they can assist parents to better support their children as learners. Topics explored include:
1) Using effective communication strategies to develop learning partnerships with families
2) Designing more productive homework assignments to involve families
3) Explaining classroom work and grading systems to parents
4) Developing school wide parent involvement plans
Some hours include the time spent in the classrooms implementing the strategies as well as the independent readings and reflections.