Engaging Learners Online Classes

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Engaging Learners presenters teach online courses

In our on-going attempt to reach as many educators as possible – even the busiest people in the most remote corners of the country – Engaging Learners presenters teach online courses through universities, colleges, and independent education providers.

Some examples of our current offerings

Reasonably priced and convenient online courses through ed2go and GT Ignite. Choose the topics that are most relevant to you or your team. Teachers can enroll independently, or PD coordinators can register teams of educators for district-wide professional development. Enrollment for these classes is through an external website. For more information, click the course titles below.

Common Core Standards

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts K-5

Presenter: Dr. Katie McKnight

Winner of the 2016 Teachers’ Choice Award for Professional Development!

In this course you’ll explore the elements of the Common Core State standards for English language arts –strands, anchor standards, and grade articulations–and you’ll see how they relate to each other. You’ll learn lots of useful classroom strategies and gain confidence in applying them to the K-5 classroom. By the end of the course you’ll be empowered to speak knowledgeably with parents, peers, and the community. Most importantly, you’ll discover how to help even the youngest students prepare for eventual college and career.

Enrollment for this class is offered through an external website. For more information, click here

Content Literacy: Grades 6–12

Content Literacy: Grades 6–12

Presenter: Dr. Katie McKnight

With the adoption of new standards teachers in all subject areas—science, humanities, history, social sciences, mathematics, and technology—are finding themselves actively involved in their students' literacy development. In this course, you'll learn classroom strategies that will make your content come alive for each and every student. We’ll explore differentiated education and uncover the many ways adolescent development is connected to effective teaching. In addition, you'll analyze your current teaching practices to identify the effective literacy development that you're already doing. We'll work together to adapt some of your favorite lessons to enhance reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language development. By the end of the course, you'll be confident in your ability to utilize the best of what's new, keep the best of what you've already got, and enjoy being a great 21st-century teacher!

Enrollment for this class is offered through an external website. For more information, click here

Argumentation in Writing for Career Readiness

Argumentation in Writing for Career Readiness

Presenter: Dr. Katie McKnight

Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary | 1 hour

There is a big difference between being argumentative and fine tuning the skills of argumentative writing. In this workshop-style course, you will learn the basics of excellent argumentation and how to teach your students to support their claims in writing using texts, topics, and evidence.

Enrollment for this class is offered through an external website. For more information, click here

Basics of Adolescent Reading Comprehension

Basics of Adolescent Reading Comprehension

Presenter: Dr. Katie McKnight

Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary | 1 hour

Come and discover how to help the struggling readers in your classroom thrive. In the course “Basics of Adolescent Reading Comprehension and Strategies,” Dr. Katherine McKnight digs deep into the basics of literacy with educators and gives practical suggestions for supporting struggling readers. You’ll learn how to identify students who need help with literacy and how to use strategies to build comprehension.

Enrollment for this class is offered through an external website. For more information, click here

Creativity and Improv to Improve Literacy Learning

Creativity and Improv to Improve Literacy Learning

Presenter: Drs. Richard Cash & Katherine McKnight

Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary | 3 hours

Let’s play! Play and creativity still have a place in modern education. In this course, Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. and Katie McKnight, Ph.D. will show you that play and creativity are actually vital to our students’ ability to relate to information in the 21st century. You will learn how to use the model and methods of improv to enhance literacy learning in your classroom through a variety of activities and exercises.

Enrollment for this class is offered through an external website. For more information, click here

Defensible Instructional Practices

Defensible Instructional Practices

Presenter: Dr. Richard Cash

Grade Level: Secondary | 3 hours

Gifted programs and methods are often tailored for elementary school students. However, gifted students in high school also have unique academic needs that must be addressed. In “Defensible Instructional Practices for Secondary Gifted Students,” Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. explains how to use complex ideas and concepts for more effective teaching strategies in secondary gifted programs.

Enrollment for this class is offered through an external website. For more information, click here

Learning Centers, Merging Content and Literacy Skills

Learning Centers, Merging Content and Literacy Skills, 4th-12th grade

Presenter: Dr. Katherine McKnight

Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary | 3 hours

Learning centers are a wonderful way to bring interactive, engaging learning into your classroom–and they are perfect for differentiated instruction. But how do you know if you’re making the most of your learning centers? In this helpful course from Katie McKnight, Ph.D., you’ll get strategies and a helpful checklist to make your centers effective.

Enrollment for this class is offered through an external website. For more information, click here

Literacy and Learning Centers

Literacy and Learning Centers – Where Content Knowledge and Literacy Skills

Presenter: Dr. Katherine McKnight

Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary | 1 hour

Do you have a solid literacy plan in place? Come and discover how to use interactive learning centers to build literacy skills and content retention in your students. In this course, Dr. Katherine McKnight shares why literacy and learning centers are an effective instruction method for your classroom and practical ways to develop centers that meet your students’ needs.

Enrollment for this class is offered through an external website. For more information, click here

Literacy in the 21st Century

Literacy in the 21st Century

Presenter: Dr. Katherine McKnight

Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary | 3 hour

The Google generation has more access to information than any generation prior, but how can they possibly make sense of the fire hydrant of text that greets each query? With the abundance of data available, it is essential that we teach them to decode and understand it. Get strategies to help students synthesize text and put it to good use.

Enrollment for this class is offered through an external website. For more information, click here

Self-Regulation in the Gifted Classroom

Self-Regulation in the Gifted Classroom: An Overview

Presenter: Dr. Richard Cash

Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary | 1 hour

With the right tools, gifted students can take on a journey into a lifelong adventure of self-led learning. Self-regulation offers students the freedom to understand the world and their role in it in a dynamic way. It’s the process by which students engage in appropriate actions, thoughts, feelings and behaviors, in order to pursue valuable academic goals.

Enrollment for this class is offered through an external website. For more information, click here

Secondary Courses for the Gifted

Secondary Courses for the Gifted: Beyond More of the Same

Presenter: Dr. Richard Cash

Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary | 1 hour

Differentiation for gifted learners is not the same as differentiation in a regular classroom. In this 1-hour course, Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. draws from years of research and personal experience in gifted education to offer ideas for differentiating gifted courses. He discusses the various levels of the teaching and learning continuum and uses a framework to guide students toward greater learning autonomy through self-confidence.

Enrollment for this class is offered through an external website. For more information, click here

Teaching and Learning for 21st Century Gifted Learner

Teaching and Learning for 21st Century Gifted Learner

Presenter: Dr. Richard Cash

Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary | 6 hour

Teaching for the twenty-first century is an increasing challenge for educators as the rate of change and the volume of information continues to escalate. Neo-millennial students today are even different than millennial students were a decade ago. Educators must understand these changes and be equipped to meet the challenges.

Enrollment for this class is offered through an external website. For more information, click here

The Common Sense Guide to College

The Common Sense Guide to College and Career Readiness Standards

Presenter: Dr. Katherine McKnight

Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary | 6 hour

It seems we’re always changing things in education, from switching out labels (goodbye, non-fiction!), to the benchmarks we expect students to meet. Many educators still feel confused by what exactly Common Core State Standards entail, and why we have them in the first place. Get the scoop on CCSS so you understand and use them to improve your classroom differentiation – and explain them to parents and other educators.

Enrollment for this class is offered through an external website. For more information, click here