Grading can be an invaluable tool for identifying strengths and weaknesses in students’ understanding, providing a shared language for discussing learning, and improving student performance over time. Unfortunately, many current practices in classroom grading are not amenable to this type of specific feedback. The antiquated grading system in use today has little or no research to support its continuation and is highly ineffective. During this course, participants will reflect upon their current grading practices as well as strategies for “fixing broken grades.” Participants will create an Effective Grading Plan that will communicate student achievement with accurate, consistent and meaningful grades.

Student engagement happens as a result of a teacher’s careful planning and execution of specific strategies. This course is designed to give teachers a broad overview of student engagement, including theory and research-based strategies for creating classroom environments where engagement is the norm, not the exception.  During this course, participants will reflect upon their current practice as well as four critical questions that students ask themselves relating to their own engagement.  Participants will implement strategies and then reflect on their effectiveness with respect to increasing student engagement.

This blended course will help teachers explore the options for building an interactive, digital curriculum for their classroom through the use of Moodle, Google Apps, free Web 2.0 tools for education, District 214 subscription websites, and Apple’s iBooks and iTunes U programs.

The purpose of this course is to introduce participants to multiple models of instructional design in order to move their teaching practice toward a more learning-centered approach (Distinguished for Danielson's Domain 1). Participants will explore the concept of "deep design" and utilze one model to develop a Plan for Learning.

This course is designed to help you analyze the difference between databases and the Internet, familiarize yourself with District 214 Library Databases, and then implement these tools into your curriculum.

This course is designed for Education Association members who are completing Teacher Evaluation Training for the purpose of supporting professional development within District 214.  Participants will complete Modules 1-4 while also participating in online and face-to-face discussions.  Participants will conclude this course by achieving certification as Teacher Evaluators.