When developing learning experiences for adults, it’s important to consider that adult learning needs differ from children’s. Adults have divided attention and divided time. They are best motivated when they see how professional development is relevant to their professional lives, and they are most engaged when they feel their personal contributions matter to the group. In this course, you will learn the theories and assertions to consider when working with adult learners. You'll also learn principles that can guide the development, selection, or implementation of a professional development course. Read more

Bullying incidents have reached unprecedented numbers, and the consequences of this has impacted the emotional well-being and lives of many of our students. In this course, you will learn how to advocate for bully-free school environments. Read more

It is important for educators to respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior in order to send a clear message that bullying is not acceptable. Research shows that consistent intervention procedures can stop bullying behavior over time; whereas doing nothing at all  can make the bullying infinitely worse. There are simple steps adults can take to stop bullying on the spot and keep students safe. Educators will identify how the school culture and climate plays a role in bullying. While educators are well intentioned, they need guidance, training, and support to intervene effectively. Read more

In this course, you will learn how the relationship between school connectedness and school climate play a role in creating a positive teaching and learning environment. School connectedness, the belief held by students that adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals, is an important protective factor. Research shows that young people who feel connected to their school are less likely to engage in many risky behaviors, including early sexual initiation, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, and violence and gang involvement. Students who feel connected to their school are also more likely to have higher grades and test scores—along with having better school attendance—and stay in school longer. Read more

In this module, participants will learn the definition of bullying and sexual harassment and learn to  recognize it when they see it. They will have an opportunity to practice strategies to intervene and address bullying in their school or classroom.  Read more

In this course, you will assess the quality of access and opportunity in community and family partnerships, then create an action plan to increase family and community engagement in your school or district. Read more

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