April 20, 2019

CE Credits Online

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Each course is designed using an adult learning model that includes research-based best practices, video – modeling, job-embedded exercises, and one-on-one instruction. The platform is asynchronous, allowing teachers to work anytime day or night with no “live chats” to log on for.  Highly  trained moderators experienced in education provide one-on-one feedback.   These courses are all for the K-12 classroom teachers! To register for these workshops, fill out a registration form and mail along with the fee for workshop.  You will receive an email with the access code and information to get started.  Grad credit is available at an additional cost; you will be prompted at the end of course and informed of the process on how to apply and pay for grad credit.  Cost listed here is for the course only, payable to ROE.

Due to the great response to these courses, the ROE will continue to partner with CE Credits Online for another year. These will be ongoing offerings through the school year.  In order to get these courses for the cost shown, you must register through your ROE.  Please do not include the cost of grad credit when you pay for your course.  This will be collected through CE Credits Online and you will be prompted at the end of your course to fill out some paper work and pay your grad credit then.  For additional information on registration please  contact Julie Cox at 309/736-1111 or email julie.cox@riroe.com

Selection of courses as follows:

#11670  Meeting the Needs of ELL in Your Classroom
As the school population of English Language Learners  continues increasing rapidly across the US, classroom teachers from k-12 are confronted with the great challenge of helping them acquire skills in English in addition to teaching them in the  content areas.  Many teachers do not have the training or knowledge to confront the task, and schools may not have the resources to assist them.  This course provides teachers with the background necessary to meet the needs of students from different countries and cultures including encouraging intercultural exchanges, information about assessment and the language learning process, cultural awareness, and a wide range of techniques and suggestions for offering a high-quality learning experience for ELLS.

3 University credits available    Cost $329

#11671  Implementing Peer Coaching to Improve Teaching and Learning
Throughout Illinois, teachers are given multiple opportunitites to grow professionally and improve their professional teaching practice.  This course supports that effort by empowering teachers to incorporate a peer coaching model into their regular instructional practice.  Throughout this course, participants will learn how peer coaching can improve student learning by offering teachers a methodical way to collaborate and make instructional decisions based on outside observation, data, and reflection.  This course supports teachers in building relationships with their colleagues in order to have effective communication and productive conferencing, as both a coach and coaching partner.

3 University credits available    Cost $329

#11672  Differentiating Instruction in the 21st Century Classroom
The 21st century classroom is becoming increasingly diverse.  Our students represent diverse cultures and socioeconomic classes.  They speak different languages at home and have varying immigration statuses.  There is diversity of gender, gender expression and sexual orientation.  Many students have special needs and represent various special populations.  The research is clear that a one-size-fits-all approach to learning is not effective.

3 University credits available    Cost $329

#11673  Preventing (Cyber) Bullying: Creating Safe Schools for ALL Students
When stuents don’t feel safe in school, they can’t thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.  According to a 2015 survey from the National Center for Educational Statistics, more than one out of every 5 students has reported being bullied.  Bullying takes many forms and impacts not only the student being bullied, but the entire school community. Participants of this course will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to build safe school communities that identify bullying behaviors quickly , empower studnets to move from bystander to advocate, and use character development and social-emotional learning to build stronger school communities.

3 University credits available    Cost $329

#11674  Understanding and Combating Students Math Anxiety
Math anxiety is a pervasive cultural phenomenon that undermines student performance and interst in math, discourages students from pursuing math-related careers, and reduces teaching self-efficacy among STEM teachers.  Recent research in educational psychology has revealed important insights into the causes of math anxiety as well as practical strategies that can mitigate its effects.  This course presents the current state of research on math anxiety along with evidence-based psychological strategies that can be implemented immediately to reduce the negative impact of math anxiety on students.

1 University credit available   Cost:  $179

#11658  Stopping Disruptive Behavior
(if you have taken the other Stopping Disruptive Behavior class #6715 for credit you can still take this course.  It will count as a new course because of all the changes)
This course will teach learners effective strategies for both preventing and responding to disruptive behavior from K-12 students.  Module 1 focuses on strategies that aim to prevent disruptive behavior from occurring at all.  These strategies include establishing clear rules and procedures, and using positive reinforcement to emphasize behavioral expectations.  Module 2 focuses on strategies for responding to disruptive behavior if and when it does occur.  These strategies include a 5-step verbal technique designed to stop disruptive behavior in its tracks, as well as a range of other strategies for handling low level disruptions.  The course will also cover how to select and deliver effective consequences that encourage students to reflect on the disruptive behavior, and make better choices about their behavior in the future.  The final project of this course asks learners to create and action plan mapping out how to handle a common scenario of disruptive Student behavior that they are currently experiencing or have frequently experienced in the past (and anticipate experiencing again.).

1 University credit available   Cost:  $179

#11659  Essential Strategies for 21st Century Teaching
How can you motivate your students?  What are best practices for teaching students with special needs? How will current policy debates affect what happens in your classroom?  What are the best ways to integrate new technology?  There are so many complicated issues teachers face that, sometimes, being a teacher can feel like trying to juggle-while playing the piano.  This course develops strategies for excellent teaching through an in-depth study of educational psychology, individual differences, classroom management, materials selection, student assessment, and educational policy debates.

3 University credits available    Cost $329

#11660  Creating Compassionate Classrooms: Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
Every day, students enter classrooms bearing concerns that go far beyond academics.  Creating Compassionate Schools provides teachers with an understanding of how students can overcome adverse childhood experiences (ACES) by adopting compassionate methodologies in the classroom and learning community.  Research and scientific rationale support the need for compassionate schooling to support children with ACEs, including students who are in a continual state of physical and emotional stress or have experienced a singular traumatic event.  This course includes tools, strategies, and  resources to create a compassionate classroom and to collaborate with colleagues to create a school-wide culture of care.  These principles and practices that create learning conditions that alleviate the interference of traumatic experiences that are beyond the teacher’s and student’s control.  Throughout this course, learners will look carefully at social emotional learning standards in the K-12 setting, which define competencies students need for success in all aspects of life.  The competencies must be taught with a compassionate approach to reach victims of stress and trauma.  Traditional methods of discipline have failed to support the social and emotional needs of students overcoming ACEs.  This course provides teachers with the methods that ensure these students’ needs are met through a unique, compassionate effort that does not rely upon punitive measures.  Integrating a plan to create a compassionate school community requires input from multiples parties.  Teachers, administrators, counselors, and other school personnel will all benefit from incorporating these practices into their daily routine.  This course will allow educators to implement compassionate school methods into a district by replacing traditional, punitive methods of discipline with positive behavior intervention supports, incorporating SEL in the curriculum, partnering with community members to mitigate the effects of poverty and addressing all barriers for students with complex needs.
3 University credits available    Cost $329

#11338  Engaging Parents Effectively to Remove Barriers in Learning
While it seems to be very common sense, creating  the conditions for effective engagement of parents and community is also more challenging to implement than we want to admit.  There are a number of reasons for this, but regardless of those reasons it doesn’t change the fact that we cannot set parent and community engagement aside for “more important things.”  In almost every area of education, effective parent engagement increases the likelihood of success for the community, for families, for educators – and most importantly-for students.  National resources to keep these efforts at the forefront f our minds take place amidst many worthy competitors for our professional attention.  For example, the USDOE’s recent efforts to engage families and communities is to provide a framework intended to guide practitioners.  This is an important effort we need to be aware of.  There are a number of dimensions to the work but it also states explicitly a major challenge in a form of an assumption that must be addressed.  Over 50 years of research links the various roles that families play in a child’s education-as supporters of learning, encouragers of grit and determination, models of lifelong learning, and advocates of proper programming and placements for their child. Given this research base, the increase in policies promoting family engagement is a sign of progress toward improving educational opportunities for all children.  Yet these mandates are often predicated on a fundamental assumption:  that the educators and families charged with developing effective partnerships between home and school already possess the requisite successfully implement and sustain these important home-school relationships.  Unfortunately, this assumption is deeply flawed.  Principals and teachers receive little training for engaging families and report feeling under-prepared, despite valuing relationships with families.
3 University credits available        Cost: $329

#11662  Classroom and Behavior Management Strategies that Work
This course is designed to walk participants through the steps of creating a classroom culture plan that establishes an orderly yet exciting classroom where students can and want to do the hard work that is required to learn and succeed.  The foundation of this course is uncovering what motivates students tin order to ensure that what is communicated to them is relevant, meaningful, and engaging.  Strategies are also shared for developing positive and trusting peer-to-peer, teacher-to-student, and parent-teacher relationships.  In addition to designing a classroom culture plan that emphasizes motivationa nd engagement, participants will learn two verbal techniques that help keep behaviors optimal and in line with the expectations in the classroom.  The techniques are constructed to teach students about making choices, consequences and likely outcomes that result from their choices.  Throughout this course, participants will learn strategies for teaching students how to monitor and regulate their own behavior.  This course also recognizes the importance of clear expectations and procedures to effective classroom management.  The Safety, Order and Rights value set is presented as one framework for clarifying and communicating the classroom expectations, and is compatible with other value sets that simply and easily communicate the rationale for expectations and procedures.  Participants will learn how to effectively teach procedures to students, and establish rules in a manner that invests students in upholding them.

3 University credits available        Cost: $329

#11663  Engaging Parents to Increase Student Achievement
There is widespread recognition that increasing family engagement within schools and in their child’s education benefits student achievement enormously, in addition to improving teacher morale and school-home communications.  This course is designed to teach participants how to engage families in meaningful ways regardless of circumstance or parent population, and is founded on the mindset that all parents ultimately want to partner with teachers in supporting their child’s education and overall success.  The course covers such topics as building strong relationships, establishing trust, employing effective communication systems, and planning and executing conferences effectively.  Additionally, the course covers more sensitive topics such as engaging parents whose child has experienced trauma, is involved in bullying or harassment, has a disability, or is an English language learner.  Participants will learn how to have difficult or “crucial” conversations in order to appropriately address scenarios in which emotions are strong, opinions vary, and stakes are high.  The Safety, Order and Rights value set is presented as one framework for clarifying classroom expectations and school goals, and is generally a framework that everyone can buy into–including parents.  This course will also walk participants through the steps of creating a plan for cultivating meaningful family engagement in their own practice.  Participants will be prompted to compile best practices and key ideas throughout the course, which will culminate in the writing of an action plan for implementing these important components.

3 University credits available        Cost: $329

#11664  Project based Learning for All Classrooms
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method that, when implemented successfully, can prepare our students for a world we can’t yet imagine.  With PBL, we can teach our students the 21st century skills they’ll need for the jobs of the future.  PBL focuses teaching and learning around engaging, real-world contexts and problems.  Tying content to real-world issues makes the rationale for learning transparent to students, and set them up to draw connections between what they’re doing in school to what they’ll need to do in life and career later on.  The goal of this course is to show participants that PBL is possible with any group of students, in any setting, under any conditions, and to teach participants how to plan and implement PBL with their unique group of students.  After dispelling some common myths about PBL and building a case for PBL and 21st century learning, the course walks participants through each step of the PBL planning process, from brainstorming an authentic project idea to planning a culminating product that showcases what students know.  It’ll also cover how to ground a project in standards, to how to differentiate for different learners, how to assess students throughout a PBL project, and how to build a culture of inquiry that makes the work of PBL possible. The course wraps up by showing participants how to convince various stakeholders of the many benefits that PBL can provide to every student, and suggesting strategies for implementing PBL at a school-or district-wide level.  This course’s final project asks participants to write their own PBL project plan to bring back to their own setting.  Participants will be prompted to complete certain steps of the planning process throughout the course, which will culminate in the writing of a project plan for implementing their project idea.

3 University credits available        Cost: $329


#6714 Giving Directives that Students Will Follow
Learn theory, rationale and techniques for giving irresistible directives to students.  This quick but powerful 4-step verbal tactic focuses attention on student’s responsibility for his or her own positive outcomes.
1 University credit available       Cost:   $179

#6716  Conducting the Parent Conference
Learn persuasive and effective 7-step strategies for conducting parent conferences to help them become committed participants in the solution.
1 University credit available            Cost: $179

#6717 Foundations of Today’s Classroom and Current Trends in Education
Create and maintain effective learning environments using important concepts in American education including history, governmental policy, early childhood development theories, individual learning differences, student motivation factors, traditional versus alternative assessment methods, classroom management and best practices in the classroom.
2 University credits available             Cost: $229

#8353  How to Read and Write in Math: Improving Problem Solving and Communication in  Mathematics
Designed to help students solve word problems successfully and describe their solution processes successfully.
3 University Credits are Available      Cost:  $329

#9183  Transforming Instruction with Interactive Whiteboard Systems – An Overview
Taught in three sections, will introduce you to the many ways interactive whiteboard systems can enhance instruction.  Section 1: Different digital whiteboard systems: Section 2: Basic operations of hardware and software; Section 3: Applying skills to create lesson plans.
1 University Credit is available              Cost:  $179

#9184  Transforming Language Arts Instruction with Whiteboard Systems
In addition, the course features video-based training of a credentialed teacher in the specific content area.
3 University credits are available          Cost:  $329

#10694  Supporting UDL and the Common Core Standards with Interactive Whiteboards Systems
This course will introduce you to ways an interactive whiteboard (IWB) system can support Universal Designs for Learning (UDL) frameworks and the Common Core State Standards in subjects across the curriculum. All IWB systems (regardless of brand or configuration) can be powerful instructional tools in the hands of a trained teacher to meet the needs of diverse learners. The first section of this course explores several current themes in instruction including the Common Core Standards, Universal Design for Learning, and measuring effective teaching. The next section provides a brief overview of different IWB systems before digging in deeper to build a strong foundation of IWB skills such as using the basic software tools and integrating other software and hardware. The section following shows how these skills can be integrated into multiple curricular areas including language arts, math, science, social studies, physical education, music, and art. Throughout, there are connections to common core standards in multiple grade levels and UDL differentiation suggestions. In the last section, you will apply your knowledge to create and teach a lesson of your own, using at least seven of the IWB skills you have learned in this course and identify the standard(s) it supports and at least one differentiation extension. This course includes over 40 videos of a credentialed, SMART® certified teacher demonstrating the skills and how they support instruction.
3 University credits are available             Cost: $329

#9218 English Language Learners in Your Classroom
Presents and analyzes the foundations of bilingual education for teachers to understand and incorporate the most relevant aspects needed in their classrooms for ELL students. Both Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language proficiency (CALP) are covered.
3 University credits are available           Cost: $329

#9367 Teaching English Language Learners (ELL): An Introduction
Focuses on how to choose the most appropriate materials and activities for the classroom ELL Student.
3 University credits are available            Cost: $329

#9368 Content-based Instructional Strategies for ELL
Applies the “Six-T’s Approach” to develop content-based lessons. Originally developed by Stoller and Grabe, the Six T’s is a framework for integrating listening, speaking, reading, and writing into content-based instruction.
3 University credits are available           Cost: $329

#9369 ELL Language Assessment and Related Issues in the K-12 Classroom: An Introduction
Explores the legal history and politics surrounding language assessment and the different test structures and methods used to assess ELL students.
3 University credits are available             Cost: $329

#9371 Developing Listening Comprehension in ELLs
Explores the factors that affect success or failure of listening comprehension, examine an adaptable lesson template that can be used to develop the listening comprehension of ELL Students, and look at specific listening activities targeted at novice-level, intermediate-level, and advanced-level students.
3 University credits are available             Cost: $329

#9372 ELL Reading: Teaching Strategies for K-12
Learning practical techniques and methods for teaching reading in any ELL environment: engagement, motivation, modeling, intensive and extensive reading, vocabulary challenges, comprehension skills, reading rate and strategies, selecting materials and assessment.
3 University credits are available                Cost: $329

#10257 Choice Theory in the Classroom: Every Student Can Succeed
This course focuses on conveying strategies to help teachers develop choice theory connections with and among the students in their classrooms. It is intended to present the basic concepts of choice theory and how it is applied in the classroom at any grade level.
3 University credits are available               Cost: $329

#10268  Maximizing Engagment for All Learners
As teachers begin teaching witht he CCSS framework they will quickly recognize an even greater emphasis needs to be placed on student engagement.  There is widespread recognition that teachers are tasked with creating favorable learning conditions for a diverse population of learners.  Teaching within the CCSS framework requires teachers to create equity of outcomes as well as equity of access to learning.  In order for teachers to move deeper into teaching with the CCSS it is important that they develop a solid understanding of the underlying principles of the CCSS and how maximizing student engagement is an essential part of teaching effectively with in the CCSS.
3 University credits are available             Cost: $329


Please note:   Cost listed  is for the course only; payable to the ROE.  University Credit is an additional cost; you will be prompted during the online course to apply for and pay for that credit.  Most courses are through Humboldt or Aurora University at an additional cost through the online course at the end.  The ROE fee must be paid before you receive access codes to get started, please be sure a correct email address is included.