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Professional Development & Continuing Education
Middle Tennessee Teacher Workshops- Coming Summer 2013
Drawing directly from state evaluation rubrics for evaluating teacher effectiveness Cumberland University’s professional development series is designed to increase teacher effectiveness.Whether you want to advance your professional teaching career or enrich your classroom, the School of Education & Public Service (SoEPS) can help you achieve your goals. We offer top-quality programs taught by highly skilled educators,at a convenient time and location to fit your busy lifestyle. Make us your first stop for all your professional development needs. The cost for each session will be $30 per individual. School Districts may contact the SoEPS for group rates. Inservice/Professional Development credit may be available. Check with your Human Resources Office for additional information. For more information on the CU workshops, please contact Debbie Whitaker at email@example.com or (615) 547-1217. Keep checking the Cumberland University website for registration, dates, and times!
Summer 2013 Professional Development Topics:
One Week Professional Development Workshop:
Chemistry on a Shoestring: Affordable Standards-Based Lessons for Secondary Science Teachers, June 24th-June 28th* - This course is funded by the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub, and participation is free for the first 24 people to sign up. In this course, educators will participate in several standard-based laboratory exercises that address standards in Chemistry 1. The topics covered in the course will be the scientific method, significant figures, measurements, density, moles, limiting reagents, theoretical yield, percent yield, calorimetry, gas laws, dilutions, and titrations. The development of inquiry-based laboratory exercises and laboratory preparation will also be discussed. Contact Debbie Whitaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 547-1217 for more information.
Introduction to Stream Survey Biology for Educators, June 17th-June 21st* - This course is funded by the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub, and participation is free for the first 20 people to sign up. This course will teach educators how students can learn science by playing in the stream by covering life science standards through water quality assessment. Participants will learn about aquatic systems while actively assessing local streams through macroinvertebrate collection/identification and chemical analysis, and compiling data in a laboratory setting. The course is appropriate for elementary and secondary level teachers. Previous water quality knowledge or experience is not necessary. Contact Debbie Whitaker at email@example.com or (615) 547-1217 for more information.
*Teachers in STEM Hub partner districts can receive a stipend of $62.50 per day upon satisfactory completion of the course. To schedule a room, contact Stephanie Walker at 615-547-1387 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Residency in Cumberland University's new residence hall on campus is available at a fee of $22.50 per day for the duration of the two above courses.
Two Day Professional Development Workshop:
This two day workshop will be lead by Connie Smith, and will cover these topics:
Monday and Tuesday, July 15-16, 2013
Mt. Juliet Cumberland University Campus
Cost: $100 per day, or $150 for both days
Contact Debbie Whitaker at email@example.com or 615-547-1217
***One-hour graduate credit available***
Summer Teacher Re-certification Workshops
These workshops are appropriate for license renewal and/or professional growth.
- Are scheduled to be on the Cumberland University campus or Mt. Juliet Providence campus unless otherwise notified. Most will meet five (5) days from 8:00 am- 4:30 pm.
- Are three (3) semester hour UNDERGRADUATE COURSES evaluated on a pass/fail grading system and are NOT applicable for application to a Baccalaureate Degree, initial licensure, or add-on endorsement.
- Cost is $475.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee for a total of $500.00 per workshop.
(NON-REFUNDABLE $25.00 REGISTRATION FEE IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE A PLACE IN THE CLASS. FULL PAYMENT MUST BE MADE TO CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY TWO WEEKS BEFORE CLASS BEGINS.)
Should the class not make, your deposit will be refunded. You will be notified by email once it has been determined if the class will or will not make.
Adolescent Literature - Dr. Bobbie Speck, ESL Instructor and former CU faculty - Teachers often wish they could find a way to connect to those students who are unmotivated. Adolescent literature across the curriculum can provide that link even for the student who hates to read. Come explore the world of short books that appeal to even the most resistant reader.
Computer Use for the Classroom - Dr. Stuart Harris, CU Assoc. Professor of English - The class will cover PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and mail merge. Topics covered will include social networking and technological dependency. The students will be required to produce a WebQuest and a PowerPoint lesson.
Critical Incidents Response Training - Dr. Eric Cummings, Dean of CU School of Ed & Public Service, in conjunction with Wilson County Sheriff’s Dept. – This workshop will deal with a variety of security issues in the schools and the role of teachers and SRO’s. Topics include bomb threats, abductions, hostage negotiations, custody issues, and bus situations. Special guests will be on hand with live demonstrations, such as the Bomb Division and Gang Unit.
Financial Planning for the Educator - Dr. Mack Hargis, former MNPS principal and school board member - Millionaire? Learn money management and investment strategies that could allow you to become a millionaire. The course will explore such topics as: (1) Tennessee Retirement system: What does it really offer you? (2) Social Security: Will it last? Can I count on it? (3) Inflation: What causes it, how to prepare for it. (4) Gas: How high will it go and why? (5) Housing market: What happened, and is it time to buy, sell? This fun class will help prepare you and your family for a comfortable future. (Call 615-519-6225 for more information about the class.)
Movies on Teaching: What We Can Learn - Dr. Art Criscoe, CU MAE Instructor - This workshop will focus on how popular movies have depicted teaching and teachers and what we can learn from these movies to improve classroom teaching. We will view a number of selected movies such as Freedom Writers, Finding Forrester, Mona Lisa Smile, Dangerous Minds, Lean on Me, Mr. Holland's Opus, Dead Poet's Society, The Miracle Worker, Music of the Heart, The History Boys, and Class of 1999. The movies will be analyzed in regard to the dynamics of teacher-student relationships, roles that teachers play in the lives of students, distortions and fantasies perpetuated in movies, various teaching styles and teaching methods, ways to inspire students, and life lessons on perseverance, responsibility, character, honor, and integrity. As a result of this workshop, the teacher will be motivated to do more to make an impact on the lives of students and will be proud to be in the field of education.
Power of Positive Students - Dr. Mack Hargis, former MNPS principal and school board member
Principles of Literacy: The Assessment and Teaching of Reading - Dr. Annette Allison, CU faculty - This ALL-ONLINE course provides a broad overview of the hierarchy of reading skills, emphasizing current theories, philosophies, and application of teaching methods. Techniques and materials for teaching communication skills are emphasized, as well as preparing students to detect, diagnose, and remediate reading difficulties for students in the elementary grades.
Sensory Integration: What is It, and Who Needs It? - Mrs. Leann Walker, CU Adjunct Instructor of Special Education - The course will provide tools, techniques, and strategies to guide teachers on how to deal with children with Sensory Processing Disorder. Sensory Processing Disorder is a complex disorder that affects the brains of children and adults who were not treated as a child. As a result of these deficits more and more children are having behavioral or learning problems in the home and in the educational setting. More teachers want and need to learn how to deal with this neurological problem and be armed with a toolbox of techniques to use for various sensory deficits. This course will help lead both teacher and child into a world of behavioral and educational success.
Working with Paraprofessionals in the Educational Setting– Dr. George Walker and Mrs. Leann Walker, CU Adjunct Instructor of Special Education - This course will deal with paraprofessional roles for student learning in the classroom. Topics include but are not limited to data collection, monitoring student progress, adaptive physical education, discipline, one-on-one instruction, inclusion, and confidentiality.
For more information about courses or to obtain a registration and/or application form, contact Debbie Whitaker, program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-547-1217.
Campus housing is available for summer workshops. Rooms are $22.50 per night and are in apartment units of six bedrooms per unit (two downstairs and four upstairs). Each two bedroom suite shares one bath. Rooms have extra long single bed, desk, chair, and sink. You must bring your own sheets and towels, plus alarm clock and TV if desired. There is no furniture in the living area during the summer, so you may wish to bring a camp or folding chair. (Rooms do not have telephones.) To schedule a room, contact Stephanie Walker at 615-547-1387 or e-mail at email@example.com.