PERSONALIZED, PROFESSIONAL, LIFELONG LEARNING

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Enhance and elevate your skills and knowledge through the Professional Learning Series. Designed by the UK College of Education, which is ranked among the top 30 public colleges of education in the nation and number one in Kentucky, the series offers unique learning opportunities. World-class faculty can guide you through enriching experiences, ranging from mini workshops to micro-credential programs.

When you successfully complete a workshop, you earn a digital badge that you can add to your resume, email signature, professional website, and more to show the additional work you have done in these areas.

Explore class offerings below and choose your path. Now enrolling for our 2021 Summer Learning Series. Explore options below, registration dates vary.


Summer 2021 Learning Series

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Teaching Enhancement

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Instructor/s: Dr. Kayla Johnson & Dr. Joseph Levitan

Course Type: Virtual, synchronous

Price: $100 (Grad student), $125 (General public)

Dates: August 2nd through August 6th, with synchronous meetings on August 3rd & August 5th, 1-4pm EST

Register by: Friday, July 30, 2021

Total PD Hours: 15


Course Description

In this course, participants will engage in discussions and activities around designing and conducting CBPAR projects. Facilitators Dr. Kayla Johnson and Dr. Joseph Levitan will use examples from their own grant funded CBPAR work with Indigenous communities in Peru to illustrate not only key principles, but also the “how to” of CBPAR. Participants in this workshop will engage in design activities and think through applications of the CBPAR paradigm to example cases, so that they come away with a grounded understanding of the processes for and ethical responsibilities of doing “good” CBPAR. Throughout the course, participants will work toward creating a personalized “action plan” for engaging in CBPAR and will receive individualized guidance from the facilitators. This workshop reflects critical perspectives of research and speaks explicitly to preparing for possible pitfalls of engaging in CBPAR, specifically when working with marginalized communities. Completion of this course will result in a UK “Community-Based Participatory Action Research” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection.

Instructor Bios

Dr. Kayla Johnson (she/her) is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. As a former first-generation college student from Appalachia, Dr. Johnson works to facilitate educational opportunities that support the needs, goals, and values of marginalized communities. In her research, she uses visual participatory, student voice, and community-engaged methods to explore issues related to learning, development, and social justice in higher and international education. You can find her most recent research in the Teachers College Record, the American Journal of Education, and the International Journal of Student Voice.

Dr. Joseph Levitan (he/him) is an assistant professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. His research interests include leadership, teaching, and policy for social justice in education using community based participatory action research methods. He has over 10 years of experience working with Quechua speaking communities in Peru to foster high quality and culturally grounded educational systems. Dr. Levitan is also the co-host of The Action Research Podcast “Somehow, the first podcast dedicated solely to action research.” His research has been featured in the American Journal of Education, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and Teachers College Record.

Together and in collaboration with Indigenous community partners, Kayla and Joe co-founded Centro Educativo Pallata Ayllu, a community-based, culturally grounded education center in the rural Peruvian Andes.

Instructor/s: Dr. Huaijing Xiu Maske

Course Type: Virtual, synchronous

Price: $125/person, Group rate— A group of 10-25+ will receive 10% off, a group of 25+ will receive 15% off

Dates: July 10th, July 13th, and July 20th, 8:30-11:30am EST

Register by: June 30th, 2021

Total PD Hours: 10


Course Description

This virtual series is aimed at pre-service and in service teachers of Chinese language as a second language. Participants will learn about American school culture and how to be an effective teacher by engaging students in active learning. The three 3-hour sessions will include: American School Culture at a Glance, Effective Interactive Learning Strategies, and Effective Classroom Management Strategies and Tools. Completion of this course will result in a UK “Chinese Language Teaching in the US” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Huajing Xiu Maske is the Executive Director of Office of China Initiatives of University of Kentucky. She leads the university effort in all China related partnerships and programs. She also holds the rank of Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Education and has been a Visiting Professor at China’s Jilin University and at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Dr. Maske is also a committee member of the Expert Panel of International Chinese Language Teaching Materials.

Dr. Maske received her PhD in Chinese Art History from Oxford University, England, her MA in International Cultural Exchange from Peking University, and her BA in English Literature from the University of International Relations, Beijing, China.

Dr. Maske is a leading specialist on the teaching of China-related material in K-12 schools. She lectures extensively in the U.S., Europe and Asia on strategies of Chinese Language Teaching and how to establish and maintain Chinese language programs. Dr. Maske’s research interest and clinical interest focuses on how to integrate Chinese art into the teaching of Chinese language, culture and history in K-12 classrooms. Dr. Maske has published extensively in English and Chinese.

Instructor/s: Dr. C. E. Matias

Course Type: Online, Self-paced with optional scheduled discussions

Price: FREE

Dates: July 12th through July 22nd, 2021

Optional Zoom discussions: July 15th and 22nd, 4-5:30pm EST

Register by: July 11th

Total PD Hours: 25


Course Description

In this workshop, reading “texts” goes beyond the written word. In an ever increasingly digital world texts also include film, media, music, even social media, viral videos, online articles, posts, tweets, and blogs/vlogs, to name a few. This fun, interactive workshop is designed to teach participants how to “read” race, racism, and whiteness in digital texts while also modeling online, interactive pedagogies to engage in antiracist teaching practices. Participants will be required to view various digital texts along with reading workshop readings on Critical Media Literacy, Critical Race Media Literacy, Critical Whiteness Studies, and other racial theories to best support racial literacy. In the end participants can choose to engage in a virtual project where they deconstruct a digital text on their own using the readings from the workshop. Completion of this workshop will result in a UK “Reading Race in Media” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at K-12 teachers, nonprofit educators and community leaders. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. You will also need access to online media (e.g. social media platforms, films/television programs, Internet, Youtube viewing, QuickTime player), Word document, and video conferencing (Zoom mandatory, optional are Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, or Google video).

Instructor Bio

Dr. Cheryl E. Matias is the 2019-2020 Interdisciplinary Institute for the Study of (In)Equality Visiting Professor at University of Denver and was recently awarded the 2020 American Educational Research Association Mid-Career Award for her work on racial justice in teacher education! She is also an Associate Professor in the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research focuses on race and ethnic studies in education with a theoretical focus on critical race theory, critical whiteness studies, critical pedagogy and feminism of color. Specifically, she uses a feminist of color approach to deconstruct the emotionality of whiteness in urban teacher education and how it impacts urban education. Her other research interest is on motherscholarship and supporting woman of color and motherscholars in the academy. A former K-12 teacher in both South Central, Los Angeles Unified School District and Bed-Stuyvesant, New York City Department of Education, she earned her bachelors in cultural communication from University of California San Diego, teaching credential at San Diego State University, and her masters in Social and Multicultural Foundations at California State University, Long Beach. She earned her doctorate at UCLA with an emphasis in race and ethnic studies in education. She delivers national talks and workshops on whiteness, racial justice, and diversity. She was awarded the 2014 American Educational Research Association’s Division K (Teacher Education) Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education Award and the 2015 and 2017 Colorado Rosa Parks Diversity Award. In 2015, she was awarded Excellence in Research by the School of Education & Human Development at University of Colorado Denver. In 2016 she was awarded the university’s 2016 Graduate School’s Dean Mentoring Award. In 2018 she was ranked as the top 25 women in higher education making a difference in the journal, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Some of her publications can be found in Race, Ethnicity, and Education, Teacher Education Quarterly, Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, Equity and Excellence, Journal of Teacher Education and Multicultural Perspectives. Her first solo-authored book entitled Feeling White: Whiteness, Emotionality, and Education earned the 2017 Honorable Mention for the Society of Professors of Education. Her second book, Surviving Becky(s): Pedagogies for Deconstructing Whiteness and Gender, came out January 2020 and has already been nominated for the AESA book award. Her third book Critical Theoretical Research Methods in Education comes out late 2020. She is a motherscholar of three, including boy-girl twins, a runner, an avid Lakers fan, and Bachata ballroom dancer.


Health & Wellness

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Instructor/s: Dr. Aaron Beighle & Dr. Heather Erwin

Course Type: In-person, STEAM Academy (1555 Georgetown Road, Lexington, KY 40511)

Price: $125

Dates: June 2nd, 8:30am EST- 3:30pm EST

Register by: May 28th, 2021 (on-site registration also possible)

Total PD Hours: 7


Course Description

In this engaging workshop, participants will learn how to advocate for a whole community, whole school, whole child approach for promoting student health, implement a multi-faceted Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program in their school, and integrate strategies for enhancing Social Emotional Learning in a whole school physical activity program. Completion of this course will result in a UK “Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs” badge.

Course Requirements

This an in-person workshop, aimed at K-12 educators, teacher candidates, and administrators. You will need to be able to travel to Lexington, KY for the day of the workshop.

Instructor Bios

Heather Erwin earned her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Pedagogical Kinesiology. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky, where she serves as Department Chair. She has worked with teachers and administrators in school districts, recreation programs, and youth sport organizations across the country to promote youth to be physically active for a lifetime. She has authored over 60 articles, both data-based and applied. She is a co-author of Dynamic Physical Education for Secondary School Children 8th and 9th editions.

Aaron Beighle holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and is currently a faculty member at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Beighle regularly collaborates with a variety of organizations interested in youth physical activity promotion. He has been a leading advocate for Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs since its inception in 2006. Aaron has written more than 85 research-based and practical articles as well as six books, most notably Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children. He recently collaborated with Dr. Bob Pangrazi and Gopher to make their widely used lesson plans available for free via dynamicpeasap.com.

Instructor/s: Dr. Aaron Beighle & Dr. Heather Erwin

Course Type: Virtual, synchronous

Price: $125

Dates: June 29th & June 30th, 11am-2:30pm EST

Register by: June 27th, 2021

Total PD Hours: 7


Course Description

In this engaging workshop, participants will learn how to advocate for a whole community, whole school, whole child approach for promoting student health, implement a multi-faceted Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program in their school, and integrate strategies for enhancing Social Emotional Learning in a whole school physical activity program. Completion of this course will result in a UK “Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an in-person workshop, aimed at K-12 educators, teacher candidates, and administrators. You will need access to a device with the internet for this workshop.

Instructor BioS

Heather Erwin earned her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Pedagogical Kinesiology. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky, where she serves as Department Chair. She has worked with teachers and administrators in school districts, recreation programs, and youth sport organizations across the country to promote youth to be physically active for a lifetime. She has authored over 60 articles, both data-based and applied. She is a co-author of Dynamic Physical Education for Secondary School Children 8th and 9th editions.

Aaron Beighle holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and is currently a faculty member at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Beighle regularly collaborates with a variety of organizations interested in youth physical activity promotion. He has been a leading advocate for Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs since its inception in 2006. Aaron has written more than 85 research-based and practical articles as well as six books, most notably Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children. He recently collaborated with Dr. Bob Pangrazi and Gopher to make their widely used lesson plans available for free via dynamicpeasap.com.


Early Childhood

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2020-2021 Speaker Series

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Hall of Fame Alumni Series

We know that experience can be a great teacher. That is why, as a continuation of our Professional Learning Series, several College of Education Hall of Fame alumni will share their experiences, expertise, and advice with pre-service teachers on Fridays each month this Fall.

When: March 12th, 2021, 11:00-12:00pm ET

Topic: The next event of this semester is a lunch and learn with College of Education distinguished Alumni, Mr. Benjamin Riley (B.A. 13’, M. Ed 19’). Mr. Riley will share a talk titled “Connecting Your Passion to the Classroom & Using Data to Drive it.” The talk will be followed by a Q & A, and we encourage you to come with questions prepared.

Who: Mr. Benjamin Riley

Register: Register for this free event here.

We know that experience can be a great teacher. That is why, as a continuation of our Professional Learning Series, several College of Education Hall of Fame alumni will share their experiences, expertise, and advice with pre-service teachers on Fridays each month this Fall.

When: February 19th, 2021, 11:00-12:00pm ET

Topic: When the pandemic struck, every educator across the state and country took a step in the right direction to learn new technologies, attempt to engage students differently through remote learning, and reach a new level of care for students and their families which extended well beyond their academic identities. However, as we return to the buildings, will educators take a stand for implementing some of the lessons learned as a result of the pandemic? YOU – could be on the edge of this transformation. Be prepared to engage in a discussion about pandemic learning as an opportunity for progress…in order to take a stand for students!

Who: Dr. Felicia C. Smith

Register: This talk has already occurred.

We know that experience can be a great teacher. That is why, as a continuation of our Professional Learning Series, several College of Education Hall of Fame alumni will share their experiences, expertise, and advice with pre-service teachers on Fridays each month this Fall.

When: January 29th, 2021, 10:30am-11:30am ET

Topic: “Then & Now, What We Know, & What We Must Do” a talk on professional knowledge and professional practice. The talk will be followed by a robust Q & A, please come with questions prepared.

Who: Dr. Sharon Porter Robinson

Register: This talk has already occurred.

We know that experience can be a great teacher. That is why, as a continuation of our Professional Learning Series, several College of Education Hall of Fame alumni will share their experiences, expertise, and advice with pre-service teachers on Fridays each month this Fall.

When: August 28th, 2020, 11am-12pm ET

Topic: “Being the First”

Who: Dr. Joyce Hamilton Berry,

Register: This talk has already occurred. View the recording here.

We know that experience can be a great teacher. That is why, as a continuation of our Professional Learning Series, several College of Education Hall of Fame alumni will share their experiences, expertise, and advice with pre-service teachers on Fridays each month this Fall. On September 25th, Mr. P.G. Peeples will talk about his work as the CEO/President with the Lexington-Fayette Urban League.

When: September 25th, 2020, 11am-12pm ET

Topic: “Empowering Communities, Changing Lives”

Who: Mr. P.G. Peeples, CEO/President of Lexington-Fayette Urban League

Register: This talk has already occurred. View the recording here.

We know that experience can be a great teacher. That is why, as a continuation of our Professional Learning Series, several College of Education Hall of Fame alumni will share their experiences, expertise, and advice with pre-service teachers on Fridays each month this Fall. On October 23rd Dr. Marlene Helm will lead an upbeat, open, honest, fun and introspective discussion about PPE that educators, students and families need.

When: October 23rd, 11am-12pm ET

Topic: “PPE” An upbeat, open, honest, fun and introspective discussion about PPE that educators, students and families need.

Who: Dr. Marlene Helm

Register: View the recording here.

We know that experience can be a great teacher. That is why, as a continuation of our Professional Learning Series, several College of Education Hall of Fame alumni will share their experiences, expertise, and advice with pre-service teachers on Fridays each month this Fall. On November 13th Ms. Candace McDaniels will join us.

When: November 13th, 11am-12pm ET

Topic: “Being an Ally for Students”— Anytime someone goes through a traumatic event they need a family member or a friend to lead them through the storm. Candace McDaniel, Assistant Principal at Louisville Male High School, will share various strategies and resources for educators to be an ally for students during these challenging times while taking the politics and opinion out of the narrative.

Who: Ms. Candace McDaniels

Register: This talk as already occurred.


 

About the Series

The College of Education is deeply committed to the University of Kentucky’s mission to improve people’s lives through excellence in teaching, research, health care, cultural enrichment, and economic development.

Through this series, we seek to equip educators, health care professionals, students, business professionals, and community members ​with the tools and knowledge to become change makers and enhance their understanding of critical, community-relevant issues.

Questions about the Professional Learning Series? Contact Program Coordinator Mariama Lockington at COElearningseries@nulluky.edu.

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