Using the arts is a way to engage learners, enliven the curriculum, expand thinking, approach creative problem solving, and support all content areas in an effort to meet the diverse needs of students. In this 7 week course you will learn about effective practices in arts integration and how to apply such practices to your own teaching. Current research supports arts integration and New Hampshire has examples of several models that effectively implement arts integration in the curriculum of schools around the state.
- Teacher: Ashley Fournier
This course is designed for classroom and special education teachers who want to increase their knowledge and skills in building and using assessment rubrics to aid in student understanding. Many rubrics used are checklists, and while they may be useful, they often do not allow for growth of students. This course will address the need for teachers to be able to use the wealth of information available about assessment and rubrics, and their knowledge of content to design rubrics that allow students use the rubrics for self assessment and reflection purposes. Formative rubrics help students create understanding not only of the content being taught, but also of the performance standards they are meeting and quality of their work. Summative rubrics will help both students and teachers assess the amount of learning achieved. Throughout the course, you will engage in readings, discussions, and exploratory activities that will help you create rubrics that assess the learning of your students while focusing your students on the goals and objectives of their assignments.
- Teacher: Katrina Hall
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.
- Teacher: Ethel Gaides
In order to be successful in understanding content specific concepts, such as those in the arts, social studies, science, or mathematics, students must be able to read a variety of informational texts and produce written documents. In this course, you will explore the concepts and tools you need to successfully integrate literacy strategies into your content area lessons, in order to help raise student literacy as well as achievement in your content area. You will explore the role of vocabulary, text structures, and instructional strategies in using content to improve student literacy. By the end of the course, you will be able to locate and use internet tools and resources, instructional strategies, and develop lessons that foster literacy skills in all content areas. You will also develop a preliminary lesson plan that incorporates these tools and strategies in order to improve the literacy skills of your students as you deepen their understanding of content specific concepts.
- Teacher: Patricia Moriarty