The Spring 2019 Session is our 51th session of OPEN NH courses! 
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This course will guide participants in examining the Response to Intervention process. The focus will be on taking current RTI theories and practices and using them as the basis for the development of a working plan for implementing the existing RTI plan of schools or for updating/creating an RTI plan in schools.

This course is for teachers interested in helping their students develop a reflective digital portfolio that meets the New Hampshire ICT Literacy Program standards and engages and motivates students. Participants will learn about characteristics of reflective portfolios, be introduced to tools and process steps for creating digital portfolios, and review examples of portfolio contents and organization. As a final product, each course participant will create a sample student digital portfolio and a plan for improving student engagement in the portfolio process.

Competency based learning systems support personalization and flexibility by focusing on mastery of academic content and abilities, regardless of the time, place, or pace of learning.  In this seven week course, you will be introduced to competency based learning and strategies for implementing it in your school or district.  You will explore best practices for unpacking and using quality learning standards, developing flexible curriculum, shifting pedagogy, and assessment strategies as they pertain to competency based learning.  You will also explore the school wide system of support, policies and procedures, and legal implications that should be considered when moving to competency based learning in your schools.  As a final project, you will draft an action plan that can be used in your school or district to begin to move towards competency based learning.   

Education has changed dramatically for both teachers and students. With mandated testing, increasingly diverse student populations, and constantly increasing professional responsibilities it is now more important than ever for each of us to use all available teaching strategies to make sure that we effectively and efficiently teach every student.  This course will take you through the process of creating a lesson plan using UDL principles for your classroom. Concepts and methods focused on and related to UDL are: (a) multiple intelligences, (b) Bloom’s Taxonomy, (c) constructivist learning theory, and the (d) gradual release model. As part of the lesson plan, you will deconstruct state standards to determine goals and objectives for your students and create pre-, formative, and summative assessments that conform to UDL principles.

Learning is dramatically changing in the 21st Century.  The ever increasing access to digital tools and technologies have redefined how students communicate, interact, and engage on daily basis.  In order to ensure that our teaching remains relevant and interesting to our new learners, we have to adapt our teaching and reach students where they live, not where we think they should live.  In this course, we will explore how digital tools can be used to engage students and promote personalized learning.  You will understand the value of integrating a variety of tools into your teaching practice to engage students and enhance learning.  You will get application experience using these tools directly to produce course projects.  This course will require that you establish free user accounts and use a variety of tools yourself, to get first hand experiences with how these tools work. Rather than a single course project, you will produce a variety of projects, each using a different digital tool.   While you will be given readings that enhance your learning, your discussions will focus on your experiences using these tools and consider their applications for teaching and learning in your classroom.

Metacognition is a important piece of effective learning.  Reflective writing increases metacognition and provides a pathway for deeper understanding.  This course will provide NH Educators and Administrators with the opportunity to collaborate with other professionals while learning how reflective writing and metacognition can better prepare their students for 21st Century learning. Whether you teach writing, literature, art, social studies, science, or math, or aid students in the development of their digital portfolios, or other classroom projects, this course will give you strategies for integrating reflective writing into your curriculum.  During the course you will explore ways to use reflective writing to help your students develop the metacognitive skills they need to increase their understanding and achievement. At the end of the course you will have developed a lesson plan which will integrate reflective writing activities into your existing curriculum.

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