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, fully online this summer.

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. Registration is open through Wednesday, June 10 for some sessions, and Tuesday, June 30 for others. See each workshop description for its deadline. 

 


Programs We Offer

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Teaching Enhancement

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Instructor/s: Dr. Jared Stallones

Course Type: Self-paced, Online

Price: $100

Dates: June 15 – July 24, 2020

Register by: June 10, 2020

Total PD Hours: 30

EILA Approved


Course Description

Nearly 2000 high schools nationwide have adopted a 21st century reform designed to increase graduates’ readiness for college and career. The new format combines Project-Based Learning, authentic assessment, cross-disciplinary planning and instruction, and Work-Based Learning as it restructures the school schedule and relationships among teachers, students, and the larger community. These schools show significant gains over traditional high schools in student attendance, engagement, graduation and college-going, and even in earnings after leaving school. Schools across the country have adopted this reform and are looking for educators who can work in it effectively. The course focuses on the historical and theoretical background of this school reform, the evidence for claims that the reform improves on the traditional high school model, how the reform restructures high school schedules, relationships, and teaching, what students say about learning in this format, and how instruction occurs in this new format. Completion of this course will result in a UK “21st Century Schools” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at K-12 educators, teacher candidates, and administrators. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Jared R. Stallones holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Following a twenty-year career as a teacher and school administrator, Dr. Stallones moved into educator preparation. He chaired the Department of Education at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and served as University Coordinator of Secondary Education there and at California State University, Long Beach, overseeing credential programs across the campus and working with dozens of school districts. He was the Founding Director of the California State University Collaborative for the Advancement of Linked Learning, a grant-funded initiative to prepare teachers, school counselors, and site administrators for service in a college and career readiness reform in California. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Kentucky, where he works in partnership with local schools to implement the Ford NGL college and career readiness reform. Dr. Stallones has authored four books and over 65 articles and presentations on education policy, history, and philosophy.

Instructor/s: Dr. C. E. Matias

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

Price: $125

Dates: June 24 – July 22, 2020
Optional Zoom discussions: June 24, July 1, July 8, & July 15, 4 – 5:30 p.m. ET

Register by: June 10, 2020

Total PD Hours: 25 hours


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.

Instructor/s: Dr. Melinda Ickes

Course Type: Self-paced, Online

Price: $129

Dates: June 8 – July 17, 2020

Register by: THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

Total PD Hours: 8

EILA Approved


Course Description

This course will support adults to better understand the current generation of youth, foundations of youth engagement, and best practices for engaging youth as change agents. Participants will hear from adults working with youth and develop a tailored action plan to engage youth specifically in health and/or social justice issues. Completion of this course will result in a UK “Youth Empowerment” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at K-12 educators and administrators, parents/guardians and community leaders interested in empowering young people. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Melinda Ickes received her Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Health Behavior from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. Dr. Ickes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at University of Kentucky, where she is Director of Graduate Studies and the Health Promotion Program Chair. Dr. Ickes expertise spans over topics like childhood obesity, college health literacy, positive youth development, physical activity promotion, mental health among young adults, sexual health among college students, and tobacco prevention and policy. She is a Faculty Associate of the BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments) research team, serving as Co-Director of the Tobacco Policy Research Program and Director of Go Tobacco-free. Dr. Ickes and her colleagues have assisted over 400 schools, universities, and organizations work toward tobacco-free policies. Most recently, she has worked with school and community partners to reduce the prevalence of emerging tobacco products among at-risk youth and young adults with her innovative peer-led prevention and empowerment program, #iCANendthetrend, which has reached over 5,000 Kentucky youth since February 2019.

Instructor/s: Dr. Leslie David Burns

Course Type: 1 week, Online

Price: $125

Dates: June 22-June 26, 2020, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

Register by: June 10, 2020

Total PD Hours: 15


Course Description

Participants in this course will learn to design classrooms and instruction using research-based methods for engaging and motivating students. By applying proven conditions for increased learner engagement, participants will generate robust, positive learning environments and plan instruction that fundamentally supports and enhances successful teaching and learning. Completion of this course will result in a UK “Engaged Learning” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at K-12 educators and administrators. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Leslie David Burns is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He is a winner of the Edward Fry Book Award for advancement of knowledge and research in literacy education. Dr. Burns also edits two interdisciplinary book series for Peter Lang International, including “Social Justice Across Contexts in Education” and “Culture, Curriculum, and Education.”

Instructor/s: Dr. Lin Xiang

Course Type: 1 Week, Online

Price: $125.00

Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020 (times TBD by Instructor)

Register by: June 10, 2020

Total PD Hours: 15


Course Description

This course combines scheduled Zoom meetings with self-paced online modules to develop knowledge and skills in 1) constructing and using agent-based simulations in the classroom, 2) developing and implementing NGSS-aligned learning tasks supported by agent-based simulations, 3) assessing student learning using agent-based simulations. Completion of this course will result in a UK “I-Model Science” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at middle or high school science teachers, with a minimum of two years teaching experience in one of the science subjects. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Lin Xiang is an Assistant Professor of Science Education in the Department of STEM Education. Her expertise lies in technology-enhanced science teaching and learning, model-based science education, and three-dimensional learning. Dr. Xiang is the author of a collection of computer models developed for K-16 students to use science practices and crosscutting concepts to explore core science ideas.

Instructor/s: Dr. Leslie David Burns

Course Type: 1 Week, Online

Price: $125

Dates: July 20-24, 2020, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

Register by: June 30, 2020

Total PD Hours: 15


Course Description

In this course, participants will learn how responding to students’ identities and experiences enhances classroom instruction for increased learning and equity. Participants will study Funds of Knowledge and social justice research, generate data about students’ lives, design instruction, and integrate collaborative classroom action for equitable and socially just change. Completion of this course will result in a UK “Social Justice Methods” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at K-12 educators, administrators, and community youth development leaders. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Leslie David Burns is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He is a winner of the Edward Fry Book Award for advancement of knowledge and research in literacy education. Dr. Burns also edits two interdisciplinary book series for Peter Lang International, including “Social Justice Across Contexts in Education” and “Culture, Curriculum, and Education.”

Instructor/s: Dr. Margaret Rintamaa & Dr. Penny Howell

Course Type: Synchronous, Online

Price: $100

Dates: July 20-22, 2020, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET

Register by: June 30, 2020

Total PD Hours: 15


Course Description

This 3-day course will focus on practices to support students impacted by trauma and self-care for teachers and students. Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and become aware of the prevalence of trauma in the classroom
  • Put practices in place to support students with trauma and not re-traumatize them
  • Plan for and be mindful of self-care for teachers and students

Completion of this course will result in a UK “Stress & Trauma in Teaching” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at teachers, parents/guardians, and community youth development leaders. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

TBD

Instructor/s: Dr. Jonathan N. Thomas; Chair, STEM Education University of Kentucky

Course Type: Self-paced, Online

Price: $100

Dates: July 6 & 7, 2020

Register by: June 30, 2020

Total PD Hours: 10


Course Description

Providing non-traditional instruction (NTI) for elementary mathematics? Gain resources and tools for facilitating self-directed mathematical learning in both synchronous and asynchronous online environments by enrolling in this two-day workshop featuring both self-directed activities and a live support session. You will enhance your teaching skills and master elements of good online task design. Completion will result in a UK “NTI Elementary Mathematics Support” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at elementary inservice and preservice teachers. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Thomas holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and an Ed.D. in Mathematics Education, both from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining the STEM Education Department at UK, Dr. Thomas served as an assistant professor of mathematics education at the Northern Kentucky University as well as a faculty associate for the Kentucky Center for Mathematics (www.kymath.org). Dr. Thomas has also served as a mathematics intervention teacher in public, private, and charter schools in the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area, and is presently serving on the board of directors for the U.S. Math Recovery Council.

Instructor/s: Dr. Candice Hargons

Course Type: One day, Online

Price: $75.00

Dates: July 8, 2020, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET

Register by: June 30, 2020

Total PD Hours: 4

EILA Approved


Course Description

This course is for educators, mental health professionals, and other people in health or human service who seek to build awareness and skills related to anti-racism in their work. Participants will understand racial identity development for White people and BIPOC, and be able to define and recognize three levels of racism, including how to disrupt them. Completion of this course will result in a UK “Antiracist Mindset” Badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at educators, mental health professionals, and individuals interested in health and human services. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Candice Hargons, Ph.D., is an award-winning assistant professor and licensed psychologist at the University of Kentucky. She studies sex, social justice, and leadership, all with a love ethic. She is also the founding director for the Center for Healing Racial Trauma.

Instructor/s: Dr. Lisa Amick

Course Type: 3 Wednesdays, Online

Price: $100

Dates: July 22, July 29, August 5 — 1-3 p.m. ET

Register by: June 30, 2020

Total PD Hours: 6


Course Description

This three day course is meant to jump start you on your journey through the NBPTS. The course will walk you through the requirements of the process, help you unpack the standards specific to your certificate area, and will guide you to create a plan of action for completing the work in the upcoming academic year. Completion of this course will result in a UK “NBPTS Startup” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at teachers. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Lisa Amick spent ten years in the middle school mathematics classroom in Champaign, Illinois, earning her NBCT in 2010, and then joined the University of Kentucky in 2014 as a clinical assistant professor of mathematics education. She holds a Master’s in Educational Administration, a Master’s in Mathematics Education, and received her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. At UK she teaches math methods courses and chairs the STEM PLUS undergraduate program. She also holds a current seat on the Board of Directors for the KY NBPTS Network and is the director of a national research team through the MTE-P organization that aims to improve teacher support and retention.

Instructor/s: Dr. Lisa Amick

Course Type: 1 day/month, Online

Price: $200

Dates: Fall 2020, time & dates TBD by instructor

Register by: July 31, 2020

Total PD Hours: Coming soon!


Course Description

Led by an experienced NBCT, this course is designed to provide ongoing support for teachers as they are pursuing National Board Certification through a collaborative cohort that will help unpack the standards, clarify the portfolio directions, provide structured writing sessions, and offer individual feedback on each component. Completion of this course will result in a UK “NBPTS Support” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at teachers. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Lisa Amick spent ten years in the middle school mathematics classroom in Champaign, Illinois, earning her NBCT in 2010, and then joined the University of Kentucky in 2014 as a clinical assistant professor of mathematics education. She holds a Master’s in Educational Administration, a Master’s in Mathematics Education, and received her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. At UK she teaches math methods courses and chairs the STEM PLUS undergraduate program. She also holds a current seat on the Board of Directors for the KY NBPTS Network and is the director of a national research team through the MTE-P organization that aims to improve teacher support and retention.

Instructor/s: Dr. Lisa Amick

Course Type: 1 day/month, Online

Price: $200

Dates: Spring 2021, time & dates TBD by instructor

Register by: TBD

Total PD Hours: Coming soon!


Course Description

Led by an experienced NBCT, this course is designed to provide ongoing support for teachers as they are pursuing National Board Certification through a collaborative cohort that will help unpack the standards, clarify the portfolio directions, provide structured writing sessions, and offer individual feedback on each component. Completion of this course will result in a UK “NBPTS Support” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at teachers. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Lisa Amick spent ten years in the middle school mathematics classroom in Champaign, Illinois, earning her NBCT in 2010, and then joined the University of Kentucky in 2014 as a clinical assistant professor of mathematics education. She holds a Master’s in Educational Administration, a Master’s in Mathematics Education, and received her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. At UK she teaches math methods courses and chairs the STEM PLUS undergraduate program. She also holds a current seat on the Board of Directors for the KY NBPTS Network and is the director of a national research team through the MTE-P organization that aims to improve teacher support and retention.


Health & Wellness

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Instructor/s: Dr. Melinda Ickes

Course Type: Self-paced, Online

Price: Free, registration required

Dates: June 8 – July 31, 2020

Register by: THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

Total PD Hours: 10

EILA Approved


Course Description

This course will focus on helping you practice self-care and support long-term wellness goals. You will be supported to discover your strengths, set realistic goals, build confidence, select effective strategies, and work through challenges. Most importantly, you will be inspired to create sustainable changes that support the health and life you want. Completion of this course will result in a UK “HealthyYOU” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at anyone interested in personal health and wellness. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom may be used for any scheduled lectures or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Melinda Ickes received her Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Health Behavior from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. Dr. Ickes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at University of Kentucky, where she is Director of Graduate Studies and the Health Promotion Program Chair. Dr. Ickes expertise spans over topics like childhood obesity, college health literacy, positive youth development, physical activity promotion, mental health among young adults, sexual health among college students, and tobacco prevention and policy. She is a Faculty Associate of the BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments) research team, serving as Co-Director of the Tobacco Policy Research Program and Director of Go Tobacco-free. Dr. Ickes and her colleagues have assisted over 400 schools, universities, and organizations work toward tobacco-free policies. Most recently, she has worked with school and community partners to reduce the prevalence of emerging tobacco products among at-risk youth and young adults with her innovative peer-led prevention and empowerment program, #iCANendthetrend, which has reached over 5,000 Kentucky youth since February 2019.

Instructor/s: Dr. Candice Hargons

Course Type: One day, Online

Price: $75

Dates: July 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET

Register by: June 30, 2020

Total PD Hours: 4


Course Description

This course is for educators, mental health professionals, and other people in health or human service who seek to build awareness and skills related to anti-racism in their work. Participants will understand racial identity development for White people and BIPOC, and be able to define and recognize three levels of racism, including how to disrupt them. Completion of this course will result in a UK “Antiracist Mindset” Badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at educators, mental health professionals, and individuals interested in health and human services. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Candice Hargons, Ph.D., is an award-winning assistant professor and licensed psychologist at the University of Kentucky. She studies sex, social justice, and leadership, all with a love ethic. She is also the founding director for the Center for Healing Racial Trauma.


Early Childhood

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Instructor/s: Dr. Jennifer Grisham-Brown

Course Type: 1-day, online

Price: $75.00

Dates: June 15, 2020 10am-4pm

Register by: June 10, 2020

Total PD Hours: 6


Course Description

If, like so many preschool and kindergarten, teachers, you struggle with how to meet the diverse learning needs of the children in your classroom, this workshop is for you! Blended practices is about combining theory and practices from child development and special education to support all learners. This day-long workshop will combine scheduled Zoom sessions with midday individual work. Completion of this course will result in a UK “Blended Practices” badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at Early Childhood educators and administrators. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Ed.D., received her doctorate in Education with an emphasis in early childhood special education. She is a Professor in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program and faculty director of the Early Childhood Laboratory School. She teaches courses in assessment and instructional design/implementation. Dr. Grisham-Brown has been named a Teacher who Made a Difference on two separate occasions. Dr. Grisham-Brown is co-author of two books on blended practices in early childhood education (Blended Practices in Early Childhood Education (2017, 2005) and Blended Assessment Practices in Early Childhood Education [2011). As well, she co-authored a book entitled Reach for the Stars: Planning for the Future (2013), which is used to support families of young children to plan for their children’s future and articulate their priorities to educational team members. Dr. Grisham-Brown has directed or co-directed numerous state and federal grants in the areas of personnel preparation, program evaluation, training and technical assistance, model development, and research, including the Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project. Her research interests include authentic assessment, tiered instruction, and inclusion of children with disabilities. In those areas, she has authored/co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. As well, she is frequently asked to provide professional development to state departments of education, universities, and local education agencies on topics on which she conducts research throughout the country, as well as internationally. Grisham-Brown is a member of the Early Intervention Management and Research Group, where she is a part of a team of professionals that lead development and research on the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System (AEPS) (3rd edition). As well, she led the field study research for the test. Finally, Dr. Grisham-Brown is co-founder of a children’s home and preschool in Guatemala. Since 2009, she has taken students from the College of Education to Guatemala for a summer education abroad experience. She is also planning a second education abroad experience for students to go to South Africa and work in preschools in the Ulindi region.

Instructor/s: Allyson Meers & Kim Nicholas

Course Type: Half day, online

Price: $25.00

Dates: June 24th, 2020 — 10am ET & 1pm ET

Register by: June 10, 2020

Total PD Hours: 2


Course Description

This course bundle will consist of two 1-hour workshops focused on developing infant and toddler curriculum:

Workshop 1, 10 a.m. ET: Developing Infant Curriculum (10am ET) — When you hear the word “curriculum”most people do not think of it being an important part of an infant classroom. This course will help you understand the importance of developmentally appropriate activities to facilitate the growth and development of infants up to the age of 12 months. It will also give you ideas about how these activities can be embedded into daily and individual classroom routines.

Workshop 2, 1p.m. ET: Creating Toddler Curriculum (1pm ET)— Do you struggle with finding age appropriate activities for your toddlers? This course explains how to develop activities and adapt them for one and two year olds, and how to align your curriculum with your assessment tool.

Completion of these two courses will result in a UK “Infant & Toddler Curriculum” Badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at Early Childhood educators and administrators. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Allyson Meers is a Toddler Teacher at the University of Kentucky Early Childhood Lab. She has her Child Development Associate and is a current student in the IECE program at UK. She has been at the Early Childhood Lab school for 8 years working with infants and toddlers.

Kim Nicholas is an infant teacher at the UK Early Childhood lab. She attended the University of Kentucky for undergraduate and graduate school. Kim has an M.S. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education from the University of Kentucky. She has 20 years of experience teaching and caring for infants. Kim began teaching at the Early Childhood Lab as an undergraduate student in 2003 and became the lead infant teacher in 2007.

Instructor/s: Solita Haggerty & Christy Kaylor

Course Type: Half day, Online

Price: $25.00

Dates: June 17th, 2020— 10am ET & 1pm ET

Register by: June 10, 2020

Total PD Hours: 2


Course Description

This course bundle will consist of two, 1-hour workshops focused on developing positive behavior and choice in early childhood classrooms:

Workshop 1, 10 a.m. ET: Positive Discipline Strategies for Disruptive Behavior — Are you a toddler teacher struggling with behavior? This course will explore the how and why of positive discipline strategies. We will talk about how to connect with preschool children and how to get them to listen, learn, practice, and cooperate without struggles!

Workshop 2, 1p.m. ET: Helping Children Make Choices in the Classroom — Are there children in your classroom who wander? Are there children in your care who seem like they cannot make their own choices? Do you wonder sometimes if you are offering too many choices as a parent or a teacher? Join us to talk about why this may be happening and take away some strategies that will help you teach the children in your care how to communicate their choices.

Completion of these two courses will result in a UK “ECL Behaviors & Choices” Badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at Early Childhood educators, administrators, and parents/guardians. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Christy Kaylor is a preschool teacher at the Early Childhood Laboratory (ECL) at the University of Kentucky. She has been a lead teacher there since August 2006. Prior to that, she taught one year for Early Start in Fayette County and was a graduate assistant at the ECL. She attended the University of Kentucky for undergraduate and graduate school and has a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education. Her thesis focused on “Teaching Expressive Communication Skills to Children with Disabilities.”

Solita Haggerty is a Young Preschool teacher at the Early Childhood Lab at the University of Kentucky since 2017. She has taught young children ranging from 1-4 years old for 7 years. She received her BA in Sociology from UK in 1998 and is currently completing her Masters in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education at UK. She focuses on intentional teaching through play and building meaningful relationships with children and their parents.

Instructor/s: Margeau Zeigler, MS and Savannah Hunsucker

Course Type: 1 hour, online

Price: $12

Dates: June 15, 2020— 11a.m. ET

Register by: June 10, 2020

Total PD Hours: 1


Course Description

Do you have or work with preschool aged children that speak a different language? Want to encourage the development of new language skills in your child or client? This course will offer simple and practical ways to add foreign language into the classroom, focusing on the how and why of creating culturally inclusive learning environments. Complete of this course will result in a UK “Preschool Foreign Language” Badge

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at Early Childhood educators, administrators, and parents/guardians. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Savannah Hunsucker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Economics from the University of Kentucky. Ms. Hunsucker has worked in the public school system as a substitute teacher and Spanish tutor for all grades. She taught ESL in Spain to high school age and adult students. Ms. Hunsucker began working at the UK Early Childhood Lab as a student worker and upon completing her CDA in 2017, she moved into the role of assistant teacher in one of the preschool classrooms.

Margeau Zeigler has worked for the University of Kentucky’s Early Childhood Lab for 9 years now, 5 of those years as a head teacher. Currently, Margeau teaches preschool. Margeau received a Bachelor and Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education from the University of Kentucky. At the Early Childhood Lab, there are many children with diverse backgrounds. Margeau has worked hard to incorporate foreign languages into the classroom, helping children transition into the classroom better and to make them feel more comfortable.

Instructor/s: Dr. Candice Hargons

Course Type: One day, Online

Price: $75.00

Dates: July 8, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. ET

Register by: June 30, 2020

Total PD Hours: 4


Course Description

This course is for educators, mental health professionals, and other people in health or human service who seek to build awareness and skills related to anti-racism in their work. Participants will understand racial identity development for White people and BIPOC, and be able to define and recognize three levels of racism, including how to disrupt them. Completion of this course will result in a UK “Antiracist Mindset” Badge.

Course Requirements

This is an online course aimed at educators, mental health professionals, and individuals interested in health and human services. You will need access to an email account and address, a Mac or PC device, and reliable internet connection. Google Classroom will be used to deliver content, and Zoom will be used for scheduled lectures and/or meetings.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Candice Hargons, Ph.D., is an award-winning assistant professor and licensed psychologist at the University of Kentucky. She studies sex, social justice, and leadership, all with a love ethic. She is also the founding director for the Center for Healing Racial Trauma.


 

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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