• Participants will develop an increased awareness of the need both nationally and locally to meet the need of ESL students, based on data and research. They will examine ESL standards in their particular state, as well as instructional shifts from traditional approaches to alternative approaches, particularly through the use of technology. They will learn to foster academic interactions, specifically academic conversation skills. They will practice technology usage and create definite plans to incorporate specific tools into ESL lessons to create and increase authentic opportunities for students to interact in meaningful ways.

    Key deliverables include: written responses reflecting participants’ analysis of ESL demographic data, current ESL state standards, and instructional practices; practice of, and reflection about, constructive academic conversations and technology tools in the classroom, specifically to promote ESL mastery; creating a lesson plan that incorporates learning into classroom practices; course summary with practical application and reflection. Key activities include reading, watching videos, researching, reflecting, analyzing, and planning.
    • This course guides participants to utilize technology tools in order to foster, increase, build, and assess meaningful interactions to promote mastery of ESL standards.
    • This course provides the following types of credit:
    • (Massachusetts) 45 PDPs. Approved by Mass Department of ESE for PDPs. Also listed on MyLearningPlan for Boston Public School teachers. Note: PDPs are determined by the number of clock hours. The number of PDPs may vary according to participant, up to a maximum of 45 PDPs. Participants must document their clock hours in order to receive credit.
    • (Texas) Up to 45 CPEs. CPE credits are based on the number of clock hours and may vary with participant.
    • (General) 3 graduate-level PDUs. Transcripts in sealed envelope provided by Brandman University. University processing fee not included; $90 per credit + course fee. Course number: EDKU 9137
    • Please check with your school district or local authority on whether the kind of credit this course provides can be used towards meeting your professional development, salary differential, or credential renewal needs.
    • For questions, email [email protected].
  • Unlock student creativity and self-expression to enhance learning across all disciplines by nurturing a love of creative writing that incorporates technology and digital media.

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    (syllabus sample is for the NYC school district)

    This course provides the following types of credit: (Massachusetts) 45 PDPs. Approved by Mass Department of ESE for PDPs. Note: PDPs are determined by the number of clock hours. The number of PDPs may vary according to participant, up to a maximum of 45 PDPs. Participants must document their clock hours in order to receive credit. (General) 3 graduate-level PDUs. University credit processing fees are not included. Upon completion of coursework, participant can request and pay $90 per credit. University credits are provided by Brandman University. Brandman University course number: EDLU 9135   Please check with your school district or local authority on whether the kind of credit this course provides can be used towards meeting your professional development, salary differential, or credential renewal needs. For questions, email [email protected].
  • Learn to develop students’ capacity to effectively express themselves, in academic discourse, public speaking, and much more. You will gain a strong conviction of the power and importance of each human voice, including your own and that of each of your students, and be equipped with ways to lift those voices.

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    This course provides the following types of credit: (Massachusetts) 15 PDPs. Approved by Mass Department of ESE for PDPs. Note: PDPs are determined by the number of clock hours. The number of PDPs may vary according to participant, up to a maximum of 15 PDPs. Participants must document their clock hours in order to receive credit. (General) 1 graduate-level PDU. University credit processing fees are not included. Upon completion of coursework, participant can request and pay $90 per credit. University credits are provided by Brandman University. Brandman University course number: EDLU 9949   Please check with your school district or local authority on whether the kind of credit this course provides can be used towards meeting your professional development, salary differential, or credential renewal needs. For questions, email [email protected].