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Online classes are designed to help Maryland nonpublic school educators continue their quest for knowledge and fulfill their recertification requirements through affordable professional development courses, during the school year. All courses are eligible for 3 Maryland State Department of Education credits toward Maryland recertification. Courses are pass/fail with coursework equivalent to graduate-level studies at a university.


COST: $75 per course (nonrefundable fee)




ONLINE COURSE SCHEDULE - February 29 to April 22, 2016:


1. Assessment for Reading Instruction

(Feb. 29 to Apr. 22, 2016. 3 credits.) This course is designed to support teachers in becoming proficient users of classroom-based assessments and assessment data. Instruction focuses on the purpose of assessment, types of assessment tools, and the administration and use of valid, reliable formal and informal assessments of reading. Participants will show that they can use assessment data to guide instructional decisions. Textbook: Assessment for Reading Instruction, Second Edition (Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy)


2. Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Part 2)

(Feb. 29 to Apr. 22, 2016. 3 credits.) This course teaches strategies to support reading comprehension in the content areas. The course will assist participants in learning how to integrate the processes of reading, writing and literature into their content areas in order to give students the opportunity to interact and reflect on the information that they are acquiring. Participants will learn strategies to support English Language Learners and reluctant readers in building academic vocabulary and confidence. Textbooks: Building Academic Vocabulary: Teacher's Manual

and Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?


3. Utilizing Today’s Technology in the 21st Century Classroom

(Feb. 29 to Apr. 22, 2016. 3 credits.)  Technology and twenty-first century teaching are often cited and studied together. But just what skills are necessary to prepare our students to thrive and learn now and in the future. This class will study many definitions of effective twenty-first learning skills to discover a personal plan for future teaching. We will read current literature about strategies for engaging our students and create educational ideas to develop our own understanding and definition of twenty-first century teaching. We will model many of the ideas we research as we communicate, collaborate, create and plan together in the Blackboard environment. In each module participants will read, review, summarize, discuss and create with technology. This course including the final project will require 45 hours of work to complete the MSDE requirement for 3 re-certification credits. The curriculum will encourage participants  to organize their own tasks, accumulate their own knowledge, be a part of group discussions. Collaborate with other participants to develop your own learning strategies  (reference). Required Reading: All references and reading will be from Internet Resources. No textbook required.


4. Methods of Reading Instruction

(Feb. 29 to Apr. 22, 2016. 3 credits.) This course is designed to provide classroom teachers the research-based best practices, techniques and strategies in reading instruction. Learners will explore how observation, interpretation, and evaluation result in effective, efficient instructional planning for each of the stages of literacy development. Learners will focus on strategies for managing and allocating instruction time while developing the five components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) as they relate to the implementation of a comprehensive reading program. Textbook: Creating Literacy Instruction for All Students (8th Edition)


5. Differentiation in the Math Classroom

(Feb. 29 to Apr. 22, 2016. 3 credits.) Considering the varying learning needs of the students in our classrooms, teachers can develop personalized instruction so that all children in the classroom can learn effectively. Not only can the differentiation of instruction address student needs, but it also helps to engage learners and challenge them appropriately. This course will help you to identify when differentiation is needed and will give you some strategies and resources that can be utilized in your classroom to help you challenge and engage the learners in your mathematics classroom. No textbook required.



Online courses

Feb. 29 to Apr. 22, 2016


1. Assessment for Reading Instruction


2. Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Part 2)


3. Utilizing Today's Technology in the 21st Century Classroom


4. Methods for Reading Instruction


5. Differentiation in the Math Classroom


Register online $75 per course