The Winter 2018 Session is our 46th session of OPEN NH courses! 
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Using specific classroom scenarios, teachers and future teachers explore the practical implementation of an invention unit into their curriculum culminating in a school or classroom Invention Convention science fair style event.  The course examines useful reflective strategies, hands-on learning approaches, and the application of Project-based learning (PBL) concepts via action planning. The Design-thinking Process will be covered including effectively utilizing Model-eliciting Activities (MEAs) to help students conceptualize their ideas and be innovative!

As part of the Minimum Standards for School Approval, the State of NH requires all high school courses to be competency-based. While this expectation might, at first, appear to be daunting, by the end of this course you will be confident in your ability to translate the New Hampshire College and Career Ready Standards that apply to your content area into competencies that support and demonstrate learning. This course is designed to give you a deep understanding of competency-based curriculum design and the knowledge and skills to write quality competencies that will enhance your teaching and the success of your students. You will explore your standards and pull out the big ideas that you want students to know and be able to do.  Once identified, these ideas can be translated and refined into competencies.  Finally, you will explore assessment of competency and begin the process of planning for instruction to support competency based learning.

ESOL Literacy Development 1 - Reading takes educators/administrators into the world of how second language (L2) learners acquire reading skills. Participants will gain a working knowledge of philosophies behind L2 reading acquisition, the role of culture, how the brain works during L2 reading acquisition, five essentials of reading, and assessments that are unbiased to evaluate reading skills.  Participants will not only gain knowledge of how L2 learners acquire reading skills, but will also develop an outline, including a mission statement that will provide as a guide to use in classrooms for L2 reading acquisition. This outline will provide as a tool to create a classroom environment that will assist L2 learners in the acquisition of reading skills. Although educators are the primary focus for this course, administrators will find this course a useful tool in the development of a school-wide view and practice of L2 reading skill acquisition.

Games have engaged adults in children for centuries.  In recent years, gaming in education has become an important practice in making learning engaging, relevant, and fun.  In this course, you will explore the mechanics of gaming and identify ways in which gaming engages students in learning.  You will look at possibilities and processes for using your curriculum to develop learning games across all grade levels.  Finally, you will explore the assessment side of gaming and look at strategies for incorporating games into your classroom.  As a final project, you will develop and share a game-based lesson designed for your particular content and grade level specialty.  You will also have the opportunity to engage with other educators interested in gaming and look at ways to incorporate games into your regular learning and teaching practices to enhance your curriculum and excite your students. 

This course is designed for literacy coaches, reading specialists, classroom teachers, Title 1 educators/administrators, and special educators who are knowledgeable about literacy development, curriculum, and instruction and are interested in learning more about the role and responsibilities of a literacy coach. The course is aligned with the New Hampshire PreK-16 Literacy Action Plan for the 21st Century. Introduction to Literacy Coaching presents an overview of the literacy coach's authentic role in improvingthe literacy performance of students at his/her school/district. With the demanding rigor of statewide assessments and an ever changing educational leadership, policies, and procedures, the literacy coach's role is instrumental in closing the gap between performance and achievement. The literacy coach is charged with communicating the focus, supporting and building teacher capacity in literacy instruction. This course has been differentiated for participants not currently in a school system.

This course provides an opportunity for teachers, technology coordinators, and other school leaders to learn about school legal and policy issues involved in creating safe 21st century learning environments. Participants will gain a better understanding of legal issues related to Internet access and effective Acceptable Use Policies for Internet use, including use of new digital tools used for social networking and collaborative learning.
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