The following is the full catalog of comprehensive online courses for which are open to all educators who serve grades K-12.

Completion of each comprehensive online course will earn educators 45 Clock Hours of professional development and may count towards Continuing Education Units (CEU)s for certification renewal purposes or for salary advancement at the discretion of the employing district or Regional Superintendent.

Ashland University Graduate Credits – We also offer Graduate Credits through our partnership with Ashland University which can be applied towards your State License Renewal, Salary Advancement or Continuing Education needs. 

Please make your course selection from the following list below based on your license renewal and continuing education needs. Teachers should check with their employing district/or ROE if they are not sure course activities will be accepted for continuing professional development requirements or salary advancement.

Courses are listed in alphabetic order. Please make your selection below

Our flex-time bundled course program is an affordable way to purchase multiple courses which can be used whenever you decide you are ready to complete the coursework. By purchasing our 3-course bundle you will save 15% off of our regularly priced $170.00-course fee. With our 3 Course Bundle, you will save $76.50. This 3-course bundle package code will never expire.
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In the course, teachers will gain insight into the 21st Century skills and their relevance to education today. Shifts in the world including the proliferation of technological resources and information will be highlighted, as well as the skills students today will be expected to have in the workforce will be explored. While there are some unknowns about what tomorrow’s work will require, we know that significant shifts from past educational practices will be critical.
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21st Century Learning and the 4Cs Critical Thinking Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity, Grades K – 12

This comprehensive course provides all of the needed resources, strategies, and materials to be successful with the English Language Arts State Standards. The course is professionally facilitated by an experienced content specialist and incorporates lively discussions to enable shared experiences and thoughtful dialogue, coupled with proven research-based techniques to be applied in the classroom. Teachers will be supported throughout the course using illustrations, lesson examples, videos, and job-embedded activities.
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ABCs of Higher Expectations for Elementary English Language Arts, Grades K-5

The focus of this course is to support educators in identifying the needs of their English Language Learners and learning how to plan and facilitate a classroom where all learners can engage in structured interactions to develop and practice Academic English tied to content concepts. Participants will be introduced to a seven-step process including; organizing a classroom where all children are involved in the learning process, how to plan focused learning objectives tied to standards, strategies for developing academic vocabulary and structures that students can use to practice and apply content and language in meaningful ways.
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Academic Achievement for English Language Learners (ELLs), Grades K – 12

As a result of this course, participants will increase the amount of discourse in the classroom, thereby also deepening students’ reading and writing skills. Research shows that as students increase academic discourse, their reading and writing skills are also enhanced as they more deeply learn the academic vocabulary and text structures of the content area. Throughout the course, participants will learn strategies for increasing student interaction, as well as increasing the quality of student interactions to be sure that they focus on content, utilizing the language of the content areas. Vocabulary instruction as well as other key aspects of academic language instruction will be integrated into instruction. Participants will build lesson plans that show more formal, academic language and vocabulary use based on the course of study..
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Academic Discourse for All Students, Grades 6-12

This course is a unique comprehensive course which is rich in resources that succinctly summarizes the extensive key components in the ELA State Standards, uncovers the deep connections between the four literacy strands, explains the base of research, and provides immediately transferable instructional strategies. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. Throughout this course, Secondary Educators and Administrators will be exposed to effective research-based strategies, illustrations, effective lesson activities, videos, and resources.
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Addressing Higher Expectations for Secondary English Language Arts, Grades 6-12

This course provides an overview of relational aggression, female bullying, and the dynamics that lead to the causes and effects of this phenomenon. Each succeeding module enriches and leads to in-depth knowledge of the types of relational aggression, what feeds and diminishes the bullying, and how to help girls learn to make positive choices to solve their own friendship problems. Relational aggression is the predominant method of bullying used by females. Starting as early as 2.5 years, this dynamic can interfere with relationships and academic progress in grade school girls, tweens, and teens. Without understanding the dynamics of relational aggression, many girls don’t realize their ways of relating might actually be bullying.
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Anti-Bullying: Guiding Girls Through Relational Aggression, Grades K – 12

A blended learning environment requires that teachers transform teaching and learning experiences to engage students by utilizing available technology resources, local and global resources, and relevant curriculum content. Blending face to face and online resources give teachers an opportunity to organize differentiated learning opportunities which will provide multiple pathways to concept attainment for learners. This course provides participants with practical strategies, resources, and ideas to effectively facilitate a “Blended Learning” experience for learners with technology-rich lessons and activities where students explore; practice and apply; create, communicate and collaborate using 21st-century skills in a blended learning environment.
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Blended Learning: Fostering College and Career Readiness, Grades K – 12

What is one of the most critical indicators of students’ success in school, in life, and standardized tests? A student’s expansiveness of vocabulary, coupled with their ability to leverage it in enhancing their reading, speaking, listening, and writing abilities.
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Building Academic Vocabulary and Deep Comprehension, Grades K – 5

In order to be college and career ready, students must have a rich and varied vocabulary that can help them understand what is being said to them and what they read on a daily basis. Participants will review and specifically look to address Shift 6. The focus of this course is to support teachers by helping teachers identify ways to expand student vocabulary knowledge and usage within the content area classroom in grades 6-12.
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Building Academic Vocabulary and Deep Comprehension, Grades 6 – 12

This comprehensive instructional course provides educators proven ways to help classroom teachers challenge and enrich the education of academically talented or “gifted” students in the regular classroom. The course will help educators answer such questions as: What is the difference between a truly gifted student and a hard-working, highly-motivated student? How can I best help my gifted students stretch and grow in a heterogeneous or clustered classroom? What are disabled gifted students and how can I help these students experience the success they deserve? How do I differentiate my lessons so that I challenge my gifted students yet do not overwhelm my struggling students? How can I answer parent questions and help them best support the needs of their gifted children at home and at school?
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Challenging Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom, Grades K – 12

This course will explore practical teaching strategies to integrate positive classroom management into the classroom. Various areas of classroom management will be explored, including classroom set-up and arrangement, teaching social skills, teaching cooperative learning strategies, power dynamics and struggles, rewards and punishments, rules and expectations, student buy-in, consistency, and other topics. Participants will learn about the “public praise/private conversations” philosophy and how it can change the dynamic of the classroom.
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Classroom Management: Keeping it Positive, Grades K-5

This course will explore practical teaching strategies to integrate positive classroom management into the classroom. Various areas of classroom management will be explored, including classroom set-up and arrangement, teaching social skills, teaching cooperative learning strategies, power dynamics and struggles, rewards and punishments, rules and expectations, student buy-in, consistency, and other topics. Participants will learn about the “public praise/private conversations” philosophy and how it can change the dynamic of the classroom.
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Classroom Management: Keeping it Positive, Grades 6-12

This course focuses on the quantitative and qualitative factors of identifying texts that are neither too difficult nor too easy for students but rather, helps them stretch and grow as readers. We also examine how close reading of complex texts scaffolds student understanding of what they are reading at deeper levels and allows them to develop the skills necessary to read informational text like a detective.
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Close Reading Made Easy for English Language Arts (Gr 2-5)

This course provides practical strategies and resources for teachers to address Shift 3 of the ELA Common Core Standards. This interactive course is designed for job-embedded learning and practical classroom application using our virtual lesson study process.
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Complex Textual Reading Made Easy (Gr 6-12)

To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to learn to use writing as a way of offering and supporting opinions, demonstrating an understanding of the subjects they are studying, and conveying real and imagined experiences and events. They learn to appreciate that a key purpose of writing is to communicate clearly to an external, sometimes unfamiliar audience, and they begin to adapt the form and content of their writing to accomplish a particular task and purpose. The goals and priorities for this course is intended to provide opportunities for teachers to proficiently master implementation of the more rigorous state standards for English Language Arts,
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Creating Enthusiastic Student Writers, Grades 3-5

The goals and priorities for this course is intended to provide opportunities for teachers to proficiently implement engaging writing instructional strategies for English Language Arts, using Writer’s Workshop as a vehicle to provide tangible connections between the standards and real-life, hands-on application of literacy instruction within the classroom through student choice, building confidence as writers and through frequent, ongoing collaboration and dialogue.
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Creating Enthusiastic Student Writers, Grades 6-8

When information is ubiquitous and free, and when basic education is available to billions of people worldwide, only one set of skills can ensure this generation’s economic future – the capacity for innovation. What must teachers, parents, mentors, and employers do to develop the capacities of many more young people to be the innovators that they want to be—and that we need them to become? What do the best schools and colleges do to teach the skills of innovation? This comprehensive instructional course provides educators and administrators with proven methods to create instructional units that will foster innovation and entrepreneurialism in students.
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Creating Student Innovators, Grades K-12

One of the challenges facing today’s teachers is the fact that today’s students need to acquire skills habits of mind that were not the focus of classrooms in the past when the focus was on learning content. Today’s students need to now learn not only the content, but how to work with that content in a manner that requires them to work collaboratively with others to analyze information and solve problems, communicate using academic language, take risks and try ideas, make judgments, and be innovative and creative. The focus of this course is to provide educators and leaders proven methods and support for transforming their teaching space into a 21st century learning classroom.
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Creating Learning Classrooms for Today’s Students, Grades K-12

Cognitively demanding tasks require students to think deeply, make sense of problems, productively struggle to create a solution, and then communicate their thinking and understanding in a public way. One way of developing this mathematical expertise is through the use of cognitively demanding tasks as a central lesson focus.Participants will learn about and implement strategies for developing students mathematical expertise through a problem centered classroom instruction. Participants will plan, implement, and critically reflect on instructional strategies essential to developing students’ expertise with math.
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Developing Mathematical Expertise in a Problem-Centered Classroom, Grades K – 12

This course has been designed to help teachers in the development of experienced student problem solvers who practice perseverance and automatically employ the mathematical habits of mind. Participants will gain a better understanding of the many facets of problem-solving strategies students might employ, and also provide them with methods of instruction and assessments for use in supporting students in developing their problem-solving habits of mind Participants will be immersed with resources and strategies which lead to the development of classroom experiences that will promote learning through problem-solving, making and using abstractions in their lessons, and applying mathematical theories with greater opportunities for developing student mathematical habits of mind.
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Developing Students’ Mathematical Habits of Mind, Grades K-12

Assessments and differentiation of instruction are inseparable. The goals and priorities for this course are intended to provide opportunities for teachers to proficiently master implementation of the foundations for using assessments effectively to differentiate instruction.This course provides participants a structured means for addressing the diverse individual needs of students using effective assessment methods in setting differentiated instructional learning paths.
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Differentiated Instruction Driven by Assessments (Foundations), Grades K – 12

This course provides teachers with an understanding of what project-based learning is and what research says about the effectiveness of PBL on student achievement. During this course, participants will learn how to create an effective PBL unit based on their grade level or key content standards and objectives. This comprehensive instructional course provides educators and administrators proven methods to implement rigorous state standard requirements into daily classroom practices, easily and efficiently using Project-based Learning (PBL) instructional strategies.
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Engage Your Students With Project-Based Learning (PBL), Grades K-12

This course will provide participants with a variety of strategies designed to increase parent involvement at the school and classroom level. The course provides an opportunity for participants to analyze how the school environment welcomes parents, including considering the current effectiveness of activities designed to bring parents into the school environment, and potential barriers to parent involvement, along with ways to strengthen the current opportunities and minimize or eliminate the barriers that keep parents from being involved in the educational process.
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Engaging Parents In Support of Student Learning, Grades K – 10

The goal of this course is to empower educators with everything they need to gain a foundational understanding of STEM principles and pedagogy. The course will also provide information, guidance, and direction on how to introduce students to the 21st-century skills that are inherent in STEM teaching and learning. Participants will be provided with skills to implement STEM learning, including; techniques to foster innovation, engineering design, data-driven design, critical-thinking, and problem-solving. This training also enables teachers to incorporate the STEM elements into any science lesson in their classroom with minor adjustments.
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Getting Started with a STEM Classroom, Grades K – 12

This course provides an understanding of why students struggle with reading, what barriers prevent students from becoming more fluent and efficient readers and what teachers can do to help struggling students become more effective readers and writers. The focus of this course will be to support teachers by helping identify what causes readers to struggle and what they can do to help struggling readers be more successful in their classroom. Teachers will learn how to help struggling readers develop fluent reading patterns, expand their vocabulary and learn to self-monitor their reading comprehension.
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Helping the Struggling Reader Succeed in Grades 4-12

This course is for ELA teachers who wish to deepen their own understanding of how to help their students become more effective and efficient writers, listeners, speakers and deep thinkers. This course will explore how teachers can help their students excel with the types of writing genres found in typical State ELA Standards. Teachers will expand their instructional knowledge about writing genres such as narrative, informational, citing textual evidence, argumentative writing and synthesizing research from multiple sources to help students improve their abilities to write effectively to these common types of writing. Teachers will also explore ways to engage their students in productive listening and speaking activities that deepen their understanding and written work.
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Highly Effective Writing Instruction for Secondary ELA Classrooms, Grades 6-12

What does deep engagement look like, how can you increase the level of student engagement within your classroom, and how can you do this in a way that is easy to manage, timely, and, most of all, meaningful to students. This course will help educators answer those questions, and also to support them in their initial efforts of applying strategies to increase student engagement in their classroom. This comprehensive course provides educators with the strategies and tools for understanding how to increases the level of student engagement within every lesson, every day. We will also focus on instructional methods for helping students to meet the learning expectations for their state content standards and to be College and Career ready..
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Increasing Student Engagement: Planning Outside the Box. Grades K-12

This course is for content area teachers in grades 6-12 who wish to deepen their own understanding of how to help their students become more effective and efficient readers, writers, listeners, speakers and deep thinkers. Participants will explore how content teachers can support the ELA standards within the subjects of History, Social Studies, Science and/or Technical subjects. Teachers will learn specific strategies for helping students read content materials with deeper levels of understanding. This course will help content teachers meet Disciplinary Literacy standards for reading, writing, listening and speaking.
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Me? Teach Reading and Writing? Teaching Literacy Across Content Areas, Grades 3-12

Nationally, an average of 10 percent of students in public schools are English Language Learners (ELL), with the percentages higher in primary grades where students often first enter school systems with little or no English proficiency. The teacher is charged with what can often seem to be a daunting task; that of teaching content and language simultaneously. This course is designed to provide teachers with a practical understanding of comprehensible instructional practices for the linguistic and literacy needs of minority/heritage language students. Participants will become informed in methods of ESOL education for English Language Learners (ELL) in mainstream classrooms.
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Meeting ELL Students’ Needs in Today’s Classroom, Grades K-12

This professional development course provides proven methods that can be used in the regular classroom as well as the special education classroom. Participants will form a deeper level of understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and the impact that having this disability has on students in their personal lives and at school.
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Meeting the Needs of Students with ADHD in the Regular Classroom, Grades K-12

This course is designed to help prepare educators and schools for how students will be assessed under the current more rigorous state mathematics assessments. As well as provide instructional strategies which will focus on key areas in helping students to better understand math at a conceptual levelficiently.
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Preparing Students for More Rigorous Math Assessments, Grades 3-10

In this course, you will review what the word “rigor” really means and how it looks in the classroom. You will learn how to plan lessons with deeper levels of rigor and will reflect on how to stretch student’s thinking and metacognitive processes through questioning and by designing high cognitive engagement activities. This comprehensive course will help educators design rigorous lessons to use within the classroom, learn to ask comprehensive questions at higher levels of rigor and engage students in activities with high levels of mental cognition and reflection.
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Raising Rigor In Your Classroom, Grades K – 12

Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop consists of a mini-lesson, guided practice, independent practice and a time for reflection. Participants will engage in activities designed to provide an understanding of the key components of the Workshop model, as well as designing a 5 day plan for the ELA block.
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Reading and Writing: You Can’t Address One Without the Other (Grades K-5)

Education requires more than thinking. To improve learning, we must also address the physical, emotional and social well-being of students. Through the use of our innovative and highly successful yoga, meditation, and mindfulness methods for the classroom setting, educators gain tools that help improve academic achievement and helpful attitudes. Equally as important, educators discover how crucial these tools are for themselves to enhance the dignity of teaching. The focus of this course is on stress reduction techniques for classroom teachers and students. Through the use of our innovative and highly successful yoga, meditation, and mindfulness program for the classroom setting, educators gain tools that help students with academic achievement and attitudes.
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SCHOOL Kids Yoga and Mindfulness Program, Grades Pre-K-5

This course is intended to provide additional opportunities for teachers to proficiently master implementation of using assessments effectively to differentiate instruction, by focusing specifically on the “ strategies” and “techniques” used to differentiate instruction. Connections between the standards and the Danielson’s Framework will be integrated throughout the course with real-life, hands-on application by using assessment tools and data effectively to design differentiated tasks using a variety of techniques, such as tiered instruction, flexible grouping practices, R.A.F.T., questioning techniques, cubing, entry-point activities and jigsaw strategies to mention just a few.
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Strategies for Assessment-Driven Differentiated Instruction, Grades K – 12

This research-based course provides guidance on how to examine your math instruction and its impact on student learning. Through the lens of today's more rigorous math content standards, professional teaching standards, you will set instructional learning goals for your math lessons, and define how students will demonstrate evidence of achievement within today's state standards. Participants will explore real instructional challenges that many teachers face in their classrooms, and will identify strategies to address such complex issues.
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Teaching Mathematics With Rigor and Results, Grades 3 – 10