Medina County ESC

The following online workshops are offered through the Medina County Educational Service Center and are available:

Oct 16- Dec 6
Nov 13 - Jan 3
Dec 11 - Jan 31
Jan 15 - March 7
Feb 19 - April 11
March 19 - May 9

Graduate Tuition:
1 sem. hr. = $235 Medina County resident
1 sem. hr. = $260 All Others
2 sem. hrs. = $410 Medina County resident
2 sem. hrs. = $460 All Others

Only Satisfactory (S) and Unsatisfactory (U) grades will be awarded for this course.

To register: please contact Janelle Sailer, workshop coordinator at Medina County Educational Service Center at jsailer@medina-esc.org of 330.723.6393 for registration information. The registration deadline is one week prior to the start date of the course.

A to Z Grant Writing
A to Z Grant Writing is an invigorating and informative course that will equip you with the skills and tools you need to enter the exciting field of grant writing! You'll learn how to raise needed funds by discovering how and where to look for potential funders who are a good match for your organization. You'll also learn how to network and develop true partnerships with a variety of funders, how to organize a successful grant writing campaign, and how to put together a complete proposal package.

Advanced Grant Proposal Writing
Do you know the best way to present information in a grant proposal? In this course, an experienced grantwriter will show you how to research and write winning proposals that get funded. You'll become proficient in the proposal format used by the vast majority of public foundations. Learn what to do--and, more importantly what not to do--on your cover sheet, narrative, background page, and your stakeholder and third-party evaluation plan.

You'll also discover the quickest and most efficient ways to gather the information you'll need to develop your proposal’s attachments, including information on your organization's structure, administration, and finances.

And you'll gain a full understanding of the criteria funders use to determine whether your grant proposal gets funded or rejected. You'll become expert at ferreting out corporate, foundation, and government grantmakers, and you'll know how to tailor your responses to information found in the peer review criteria.

Before the course is over, you will have discovered a number of significant finishing touches that can give your project the edge over others. You'll know the best type of paper to use, which buzzwords to include, which fonts work best, which types of graphics to include, and a variety of formatting techniques that will make your proposal more competitive. You'll also learn about the importance of obtaining community and political support before submitting a proposal to any government agency.

An Introduction to Teaching ESL/EFL
English language teachers enjoy a wide range of opportunities and face a daunting set of challenges. You teach more than a subject—you're teaching skills that will open up the entire world to your students! This course will show you innovative ways of teaching vocabulary and grammar, listening and speaking, and reading and writing. But more than that, it will give you a deeper understanding of who your students are and who you are as a teacher. So join us on this journey of becoming a more reflective and effective English language teacher!

Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners
In this course, you'll learn how to create, manage, and promote your own blog, wiki, and audio and video podcast. Each of these amazing Web 2.0 tools gives us a chance to interact, share ideas, and collaborate with others from home, at work, or in a classroom.

You'll begin by developing a plan for the content, setup, and long-term maintenance of a blog, and then you'll use free blogging software to put that plan into action. Next, you'll discover how you can use wikis to facilitate group collaboration. You'll practice editing a wiki, and then you'll create your own. After that, you'll learn how to record a professional-sounding audio podcast with a very simple recording tool you already have. You'll edit the file with another free software program, add music to it, and then post it online for others to enjoy. Finally, you'll find out how to record a video podcast. You'll use pre-recorded video to learn the editing process, and then you'll apply what you've learned to your own video file. You'll edit it, add special effects, drop in a podcasting-safe music file, and then publish it online.

Through hands-on exercises, you'll discover the benefits of using free Web 2.0 tools like Blogger, Wikispaces, Audacity, and YouTube. Guided by an expert instructor, you'll find that creating Web 2.0 tools is much easier than you ever imagined. And by the end of this course, you'll be amazed how much you've accomplished.

Whether you want to use Web 2.0 tools for personal, business, or educational projects, this is the course for you!

Creating A Classroom Web Site
Learn how to create a classroom Web site in this fun, easy-to-understand course for teachers. In no time, you'll build a site with text, images, animations, tables, links, and more. Then you'll create a WebQuest and a blog to add to your site. You'll do all this and more as you discover how simple creating a classroom Web site can be and how having one can make you a more effective and dynamic teacher.

Creating Classroom Centers
Discover how easy and effective classroom centers can really be! In this course, you'll learn how to create and implement activities that boost independent learning in the classroom.

You'll start out by learning what centers are (and aren't), what benefits they offer, and how to make the most of them. Next, you'll explore some very common mistakes teachers make with centers and gain tips for keeping your planning time to a minimum. You'll also get step-by-step instructions for creating a centers schedule all your students can use independently- even if they can't read. The insights you'll gain will show you how to adjust your centers routine for both your fastest learners and those who need more time.

Short on classroom space? You'll get great ideas for storing your centers and explore some alternatives to having a permanent spot for every center. You'll master an easy, effective process for introducing centers and their materials to your students, and develop strategies for what to do when things don't go quite as planned.

Increased small-group instruction time is one of the biggest benefits of centers, and you'll explore the kinds of instruction you can pursue during centers time.

Think centers can only be used for reading and language arts? Think again! We'll explore ideas for using centers to support instruction in math, science, and social studies. You'll also see how you can use technology (such as virtual bulletin boards, apps, and interactive white boards) in your centers to help keep your students engaged. By the time you finish the course, you'll not only have the knowledge you need to get the most out of centers- you'll have a wealth of resources and center ideas you can take and try so you can get started right away!

Creating K-12 Learning Materials
Do you have an idea for an instructional aid? The instructor--a former K-12 teacher who is also the author and developer of over 50 products for the educational market, will help you develop instructional aids that align with standards important to your district.

This exciting program will show you how how to create and self-publish work books, lab manuals, booklets, activity kits, visual aids, manipulatives, and other powerful instructional aids. You'll also learn how to profit from your ideas by offering the products you develop for sale through catalogs, stores, and trade shows.

Creating the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Success
In this professional development course for teachers, you'll get the training you need to reach the diverse mix of students you face every day—learning proven strategies that turn diversity into opportunity. With students who have learning disabilities, neurobiological disorders, and physical challenges, the modern classroom requires an efficient and effective teacher who can prioritize under tight deadlines and be creative on demand. Learn how to be the kind of super teacher who can guide every student toward academic success.

Creating Web Pages I
Create and post your very own Web site on the Internet in this extensive, hands-on, six week workshop. First, you'll learn about the capabilities of the World Wide Web and the fundamentals of web design. Then, with your instructor's patient guidance, you'll plan the content, structure and layout of your Web site, create pages full of neatly formatted text, build links between the pages and to the outside world, and add color, backgrounds, graphics, tables, hot buttons, and animation. You'll also learn critical and timely information on securing the best possible location in search engine listings, and powerful no-cost or low-cost web marketing strategies.

Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom
Differentiated instruction (DI) is becoming a mainstay in classrooms across the country as educators are starting to see the ways that the traditional classroom setting limits their ability to reach diverse learners. Join us on this journey through 10 practical DI integration strategies! Count on at least three sample integration lessons on each strategy, and just think of all the ways that you can apply them to improve learning outcomes for your students.

Differentiating K-12 Assessments
Differentiated assessment is the key to helping every student succeed—and no matter what grade you're teaching, this course will give you the tools you need to gather your assessment data quickly and easily.  

You'll begin by exploring strategies for performing pre-assessments, formative (ongoing) assessments, and summative assessments. Next, you'll discover how to identify and share learning goals, gather assessment information, adjust your instruction, and provide feedback to your students. Real-life examples will help you see how differentiated assessment provides direction for improvement, promotes confidence, and motivates your learners to do their best.  

Whether you're a new or experienced teacher, you'll gain skill and confidence as you get hands-on practice in using a wide range of assessment techniques. By the time you've completed these lessons, you'll have a clear roadmap for differentiating your assessments and a wealth of practical ideas you can start using in your classroom right away.

Empowering Students With Disabilities
Teaching students with disabilities is a rewarding challenge, and this course gives you the tools you’ll need to succeed. First, you’ll put yourself in the shoes of students with special needs as you explore a wide variety of disabilities ranging from autism to cerebral palsy. Next, you’ll master simple and effective techniques for fostering the reading, writing, and math skills of special needs students. And finally, you’ll discover ways to help these learners behave appropriately and make friends in your classroom.

Enhancing Language Development in Childhood
Follow your child's lead and have fun while enhancing language development! In this fun and user-friendly course for parents, teachers, and caregivers, you will discover how children learn to process language and how they become proficient speakers and thinkers. This course will help you enrich your child's life by stimulating his or her continued speech, brain, and language development in an enjoyable, age-appropriate, and natural way.

Get Grants!
Learn how to develop successful, fundable grants from experts whose proposals have garnered millions in funded projects. This course will give you the skills you'll need to prepare professional, competitive, and compelling grant proposals. You'll understand what funding agencies are looking for and how best to approach them. Your proposals will help you and your organization successfully Get Grants!

Guided Reading and Writing: Strategies for Maximum Student Achievement
Get the professional development training you need to improve student literacy as an accomplished teacher shares the secrets of turning guided reading strategies into opportunities for teaching writing. Find out how to harness the power of the total literacy framework. The road to literacy is also the road to ingenuity, invention, and imagination, and you'll soon learn how to take your students from groans to grins with creative lesson plans that really work!

Guided Reading: Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom
Now more than ever, today's teachers are grappling with the question of how to reach struggling readers. While there are no quick fixes, thousands of teachers are combining the principles of differentiated instruction and guided reading with unparalleled success. Mixed in the right proportion, these popular strategies will help you build a balanced literary framework that gets results with even the most challenged learners.

Guiding Kids on the Internet
Work the Web with your kids! This essential course for teachers, leaders, and parents will give you the confidence you need for helping children get the best from the Internet.

Integrating Technology in the Classroom
In this professional development course for teachers, you'll learn the secrets of technology integration in the classroom, gaining the skills educators need to use tools such as wikis, podcasts, and blogs effectively. You'll discover simple ways to integrate technology to enhance your subject material and meet your course goals. We'll explore quick-and-easy, standards-based solutions for more interactive lesson plans, exciting WebQuests, and challenging assignments. We’ll also unleash the power of Web resources, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Together, we'll look at basic integration, subject-specific activities, and smart ways to make your integration seamless.

Introduction to Algebra
Develop a rich understanding of the rudiments of algebra in a relaxed and supportive learning environment. This course will help you understand some of the most important algebraic concepts, including orders of operation, units of measurement, scientific notation, algebraic equations, inequalities with one variable, and applications of rational numbers.

An emphasis on practical applications for your newfound skills will help you learn to reason in a real-world context. As a result, you will acquire a wide variety of basic skills that will help you find solutions to almost any problem.

This unique and thought-provoking course integrates algebra with many other areas of study, including history, biology, geography, business, government, and more. By the time you finish this course, you will understand how algebra is relevant to almost every aspect of your daily life.

Introduction to InDesign CS5
In this Adobe InDesign CS5 class, you'll get hands-on desktop publishing training and come away knowing how to use this popular page layout software to design and create professional-quality letterhead, business cards, brochures, PDF files that play movies, and more. You'll discover that you don't need to be a designer or an artist to produce beautiful documents!

In each lesson, we'll cover an important aspect of InDesign CS5 as you prepare a range of print and online products for Natalie, the fictional owner of Natalie's Nautical Emporium. You'll get dozens of files to use in the lessons—partially completed InDesign files, as well as the graphics, images, fonts and other content required for the project. And to check your work or troubleshoot any problems you encounter, you'll always get a copy of the finished InDesign project file.

Lesson by lesson, you'll discover how the program features relate to producing actual usable documents as we explore the best ways to create different types of material, how to organize and name your files, and how to reuse items such as colors and artwork. By the time you finish your InDesign training, you'll be comfortable with the tools and features that this program offers, and you'll know the most efficient ways to use it to produce the materials you need for your own work or hobbies.

Introduction to Microsoft Access 2007
Learn how Microsoft's powerful and award-winning database can help you manage, store, search, analyze, and display important business, personal, or scientific data. You'll gain practical, hands-on experience with tables, relationships, custom data entry forms, queries, mailing labels, macros, and more. Increase productivity, reduce data entry errors, conduct comprehensive searches, and produce handsome and professionally formatted reports.

Introduction to Microsoft Access 2010
Take control over your data! Whether you're a novice or an experienced database user, this course will show you how to harness the full power of Microsoft Access 2010. 

In these practical and project-oriented lessons, you'll learn how to use this award-winning MS Office software to create and customize tables. You'll build relationships between your tables to eliminate redundancies and slash data entry time. And you'll discover how to achieve huge reductions in data entry errors by setting default values, creating validation rules, and building input masks.  

In addition, you'll find out how to make your database more user-friendly with custom data entry forms, smart lists, and other sophisticated controls. You'll learn how to retrieve exactly what you need from your database with powerful queries and reports, and you'll even start automating routine tasks with labor-saving macros. 

By the time you've finished this course, you'll know how to create an effective database for any information you need to store, document, and manage—at home or on the job.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007
Discover dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully formatted worksheets quickly and efficiently. Learn the secrets behind writing powerful formulas, using functions, sorting and analyzing data, creating custom charts, creating 3-dimensional workbooks, building links, and creating macros and custom toolbar buttons.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010
Do you work with numbers? Then you need to master Microsoft Excel 2010—and this is the place to do it. Even “non-techie” beginners will find it easy to learn Excel in this fun, step-by-step online course.  

These lessons will teach you dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully formatted worksheets quickly and efficiently. You'll also learn the secrets behind writing powerful mathematical formulas and discover how to use the function wizard to quickly and automatically calculate statistics, loan payments, future value, and more.  

In addition, you'll get tips on sorting and analyzing data, designing custom charts and graphs, creating three-dimensional workbooks, building links between files, endowing your worksheets with decision-making capabilities, and automating frequently-repeated tasks with macros and buttons.  

This is not a tutorial, but an in-depth class where you’ll get training, help, and personal support from an experienced instructor as you’re learning Excel basics step-by-step. By the time you’re done, you’ll be using this vital Office 2010 tool like a pro.

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
Take your PowerPoint presentations from “so-so” to sensational! In these lessons, you’ll learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 to create professional-quality slide presentations that grab and hold your audience’s attention from start to finish. 

First, you’ll explore the latest features of PowerPoint, from the all-new File menu to the Backstage View. After that, you’ll find out how to create dazzling presentations formatted with themes and a variety of slide layouts. You’ll embellish your slides with text, objects, SmartArt, multimedia, animation, sound, charts, clip art, and hyperlinks, and you’ll discover that global changes are a snap with the Slide Master. 

In addition, you’ll find out how to download an online image and insert it onto a slide. You’ll also discover how to edit clip art, images, WordArt, and shapes easily with the commands on the Ribbon. You’ll explore the printing interface in Backstage View, and find out how to view your presentations in the new Reading View.  

And that’s just the start! You’ll also learn how to create a PowerPoint photo album with your digital pictures, and you’ll work with PowerPoint Web App—an online version of PowerPoint. Finally, you’ll add versatility to your PowerPoint skills as you learn to save presentations as PDF files and videos. 

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user, these lessons will teach you how to turn simple slides into a polished and exciting presentation that will make your message memorable. If you want to take your PowerPoint skills to a higher level, this is the course for you!

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2007
In this hands-on, project-oriented class for beginners, you'll learn how to design, create, and publish a wide variety of stunning documents using Microsoft Publisher 2007. If you're looking for a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to produce professional brochures, newsletters, flyers, or even a Web site, Microsoft Publisher 2007 is your solution! This affordable and functionality-packed program can take you to levels of design expertise you never dreamed possible.

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2010
In this course, you'll learn to use Microsoft Publisher 2010 to create impressive publications. It's perfect for beginners who want to learn how to produce professional-quality newsletters, fliers, letterheads, and brochures. 

You'll start by learning how to navigate the Publisher workspace using the ribbon, and how to access both local and online Publisher templates. Next, you'll find out how to create and manage text, pictures, graphics, and other elements, such as tables and shapes, and see how you can use these different components to create a variety of documents. 

As the course progresses, you'll learn about different kinds of publications Publisher can help you produce. You'll see how to create documents from scratch, but you'll also learn how to modify existing templates so you can create customized documents more easily. Finally, you'll learn all about printing your publications and how to share Publisher documents electronically. 

Once you learn how to manage Publisher tools and features and how to design effective publications, you'll be able to create anything you might need.  Introduction to Publisher 2010 is a course that will help you do just that!

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007
Learn how to create and modify documents in Word 2007, the most popular word-processing program available. 

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010
Master the basics of the word processor PC Magazine ranked as one of the “strongest and most intelligent programs ever written.” In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to add, move through, and edit text; move words from one part of your document to another; work on two or more documents simultaneously; change the size or appearance of text; change margins and tab settings; automatically center, right align, justify, and indent text; run the integrated grammar and spelling checker; use the thesaurus; and save, retrieve, copy, organize, and print your documents. By the time you’re done with the step-by-step lessons and hands-on activities in this course, you’ll be able to use Word confidently at home or on the job.

Leadership
Leadership skills can help you gain the respect and admiration of others, while also allowing you to enjoy success in your career and more control over your destiny. Contrary to popular belief, leadership skills can be learned and developed. Even if you don't hold a leadership position, this course will teach you how to use the principles of great leaders to achieve success in almost every aspect of your daily life.

Microsoft Excel 2007 in the Classroom
Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel 2007 in this professional development course for teachers, and get the training every teacher needs for using and teaching this powerful program effectively in the classroom. You'll master Excel terminology; how to use tabs; how to sort data; how to insert formulas for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; how to create colorful charts and graphs; and much more! Throughout the course, we'll explore standards-based lesson plans and activities that will allow you to pass your Excel knowledge on to your students, no matter what their grade level. By the end of this course, you'll have a solid understanding of the basic functions of Excel, and a wealth of ideas for integrating this powerful technology into your lesson plans across your curriculum.

Microsoft Excel 2010 in the Classroom
Bring the power of Microsoft Excel 2010 into your classroom! This course, designed especially for teachers, gives you the skills you need to use Excel with ease and confidence. In addition, it offers teaching tips and standards-based lesson plans and activities so you can pass your Excel knowledge on to students at any grade level.

First, you'll cover the Excel fundamentals that making student grading and data collection a snap: Using tabs, formatting cells and worksheets, and inserting formulas for mathematical calculations. In addition, you’ll learn how to create colorful charts and graphs to enhance reports and projects.  

Then you’ll move on to more advanced Excel features that allow you to easily sort and analyze student test data for differentiated instruction or even manage school fund-raisers. You’ll write powerful mathematical formulas and use Excel to automatically calculate student averages and other statistics. You'll finish the course by creating a customizable grade book that you can use in your own classroom to group students for differentiated instruction, reading groups, team sports, or special education programs. 

By the end of the course, you'll have a solid understanding of this powerful Microsoft Office program. You’ll also have a whole new set of time-saving classroom management tools, and a wealth of ideas for integrating technology into your lesson plans across your curriculum. 

Whether you’ve used Excel for years or you’re a beginner, don’t miss out. This course will show you how Excel can make teaching easier and much more fun!

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 in the Classroom
What teacher couldn't use help motivating students and keeping their interest? In this course, you'll learn how to create captivating lessons and attention-grabbing classroom presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.

First, you'll cover the basics of this MS Office program including creating slides, using templates, inserting text, changing background colors, creating WordArt titles, using SmartArt graphics, and adding slide transitions. Then you'll develop advanced skills such as inserting graphics, sound, video, custom animations, timed transitions, and hyperlinks.

You'll get step-by-step instructions for creating several different types of classroom presentations, including lectures and interactive narrations for your students' independent use at computer stations. You'll also see how PowerPoint helps you address different learning styles, making it much easier to reach every student. And you'll discover how to upload your presentation to a Web server, email a slide show, broadcast a presentation in real time, and take your PowerPoint shows on the road.  

By the time you're done, you'll be an expert at using PowerPoint to add appeal to any lesson—and you'll even find out how you can help your students develop their own PowerPoint skills!

Microsoft Word 2007 in the Classroom
Mastering Microsoft Word can make you a more productive and creative teacher. You'll learn how to create, open, edit, and save documents, as well as how to create tabs, margins, and spacing. Then you'll make your classroom documents come to life. You'll add borders, clip art, and WordArt. You'll even insert shapes, pictures, tables, and complete a host of other exciting tasks that you can teach your students. As you get more familiar with this program, you'll find that it enhances your teaching in ways you didn't think possible, and you'll have a host of ideas for curriculum-related classroom projects.

Microsoft Word 2010 in the Classroom
Master Microsoft Word, and be a more productive and creative teacher! This powerful software can make your documents come to life and help you integrate technology in your classroom.  

You'll start by learning how to create, open, edit, and save your documents. Next, you'll become skilled at using formatting tools including tabs, margins, and spacing. In addition, you'll find out how to add borders, clip art, WordArt, shapes, pictures, and tables. You'll even learn how to make your own student-of-the-week certificates!  

As you take a virtual tour of Microsoft Word, you'll encounter handy program features that enable you to control document presentation, stay organized, and keep your students inspired and excited. You'll get to try out all your new skills as you create a classroom poster, produce templates for tests, and use table tools to design a class grade roster.  

And of course, you'll want to share your new knowledge with your students! That's why you'll find lesson plans for introducing Word to your learners. These include activities for every age, from picture books to letter-writing projects and book reports.

Whether you're new to Word or a veteran, join us and find out how to turn this dynamic program into a launching pad for creative lessons and engaging classroom activities. As you master its features in fun, hands-on activities, you'll discover that Word enhances your teaching in ways you didn't think possible. Get ready to wow your students . . . and their parents too!

Practical Ideas for the Adult ESL/EFL Classroom
Learn ESL teaching strategies that will set your adult ESL/EFL students up for success! Over the next six weeks, you'll discover ways to teach ESL that create a meaningful and positive learning environment for your students. You'll get to know what motivates them and how you can tailor your ESL teaching methods to their needs.

We'll look at the key role that planning plays, because when your students know what to expect, they'll respond positively—and you'll teach with more confidence. You'll gather a wealth of principles for how to choose truly effective activities for such skills as listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and pronunciation. Along the way, you'll pick up practical ways to incorporate both traditional and alternative forms of assessment into your classroom teaching. And finally, we'll spend some time talking about how you can become a more reflective teacher and continue to grow both professionally and personally.

By the end of this course, you'll be teaching ESL in a way that helps your students move skillfully from the classroom to the real world!

Learning to Read
Learn what the newest research says about how children really learn to read and write and become a powerful guide to literacy development when you work with young children. Gain confidence in your ability to guide a child’s literacy development, and take pleasure in seeing how even the littlest events can be really big steps in reading and writing success.

Research Methods for Writers
Attention all writers! Learn how to efficiently and effecively conduct research for any writing project: fiction, nonfiction, business...even term papers and dissertations. Modern research techniques are boundless. The trick is to know where to look and what to look for.

This six-week online course teaches the best methods for mounting a search on any subject.

You'll take a virtual guided tour of the libraty and how to maximize its precious resources, and you'll discover how to access public records, conduct successful Internet searches, and explore other similar treasure troves of information.

Personal interviews, public reports, surveys and polls, and historical research are introduced and dissected. A special lesson on Guerilla Research reveals secrets for the undercover researcher. As a plus, detailed instructions are offered for getting organized before embarking on research and getting the most out of informaiton once it's gathered.

This course will give you the tools you'll need to successfully gather and incorporate all the information and polished and professional writing project requires.

Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies That Work
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could be proactive in helping our struggling readers? Well, we can! In this six-week course, you'll learn response to intervention (RTI) strategies that ensure the struggling readers in your classroom get the help and education they need. RTI gives us a strategic plan to bring tiered interventions to our students, at their reading level and with their unique challenges in mind. Helping them with phonics, fluency, vocabulary mastery, comprehension, and writing, these intervention strategies tackle the toughest literacy problems with flexibility and creativity.

Singapore Math Strategies: Advanced Model Drawing for Grades 6-9
When you say, "It's time for math," do your students roll their eyes? What teacher hasn't dealt with that? It doesn't have to be that way. In this course, you'll master model drawing, a revolutionary technique for teaching problem-solving to middle school math students.

Model drawing is a core part of Singapore Math, a base-10 math program that forms the foundation of math instruction in Singapore. When you introduce model drawing into your classroom, your students will succeed with word problems, build math skills, and develop self-confidence, and they'll even look forward to math!

You'll learn how to use model drawing with many different types of word problems, including part-whole problems, word problems involving comparisons, and before-and-after word problems. You'll also master advanced techniques to help you model more complex problems, and gain insights into how to guide students as they grapple with consecutive integers, remainders, percents, and problems involving rate and distance. 

Finally, you'll put it all together as you create your own word problems based on models provided in the course. You'll even learn how to train parents in the basics of model drawing so they can help their kids continue to build their problem-solving skills.

Model drawing works- and it's fun as well. Get ready to turn your math students into math lovers!

Singapore Math Strategies: Model Drawing for Grades 1-6
In this professional development course for teachers, you'll get the training you need to start teaching model drawing, the powerful Singapore Math strategy that gives word problems a visual context. As a teacher, you know that many students groan when it's time to solve word problems. Why is that? Are the problems too difficult? Do students get lost trying to decipher the wording or figure out the computation? Do they simply not know which strategy to use? Actually, it's a combination of all these issues. Luckily, model drawing, a Singapore Math strategy for working word problems, will help your students start to enjoy math in a way they may never have before.

Singapore Math: Number Sense and Computational Strategies
Do your students cringe when it's time to pull out their math books? For many students, basic math is a struggle. But for students and teachers in Singapore, math is much more intuitive. And Singaporean students have been top mathematics performers for over a decade!

Using a layered curriculum founded on solid number sense and concrete, pictorial, and abstract computational strategies, Singaporean teachers make math purposeful, interesting, and relevant. Soon you'll learn their secrets and be able to have the same kind of meaningful math lessons in your classroom.

In this teacher training course, you'll learn over two dozen strategies to make math click for your students. We'll begin by exploring what Singapore Math is and how it has become such a powerful and highly regarded math curriculum. Then we'll talk about how number sense and place value instruction are the basis for all Singapore Math. From there, we'll learn a variety of computational strategies to make addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division a cinch.

You won't need a passport to discover the curriculum of the world's math leader!

Solving Classroom Discipline Problems I
Why do some teachers enjoy peaceful, orderly classrooms while other teachers face daily discipline battles? The answer is that many teachers have not been taught the secrets to solving discipline problems. This course reveals those secrets and presents a step-by-step approach to effective, positive classroom discipline. Teachers continually rate this course one of the most valuable they have ever taken.

Solving Classroom Discipline Problems II
In this professional development course, you'll get the teacher training you need to deal effectively with serious discipline problems and help even the most challenging students you're teaching make more responsible choices. You'll learn how to use a new research-based six-step approach to solve severe and chronic discipline problems such as bullying, fighting, using abusive language, stealing, and refusing to work. We'll look at numerous real-life examples set in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms so you can see how to put the ideas into action in your own teaching situation.

Solving Classroom Discipline Problems II
In this professional development course, you'll get the teacher training you need to deal effectively with serious discipline problems and help even the most challenging students you're teaching make more responsible choices. You'll learn how to use a new research-based six-step approach to solve severe and chronic discipline problems such as bullying, fighting, using abusive language, stealing, and refusing to work. We'll look at numerous real-life examples set in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms so you can see how to put the ideas into action in your own teaching situation.

Spanish in the Classroom
If you're struggling to communicate with your Spanish-speaking students and their families, and you don't know your cabeza from your codo (that's your head from your elbow), don't worry - help is here!

Whether you took a Spanish class 20 years ago and just wnat to brush up a bit, or you have never taken a Spanish class, you'll learn the essential Spanish for teachers and bridge the communication gap with your Spanish-speaking students and parents. Rest assured that this won't be anything like your typical high school Spanish course. We'll skip the frills and focus on "survival Spanish" you can put to work immediately. We've tossed out long vocabulary lists and complex grammar rules and replaced them with games and stories to make learning easy, painless, and even fun. You'll learn new words in easy-to-digest bites, and each lesson will include Supplementary Material to help you keep expanding your vocabulary.

We'll start with the basics of Spanish pronunciation, and then we'll move right into simple words for everyday things, such as colors, numbers, and question words. Then you'll learn more of the basics of conversational phrases, family names, and directions. Next, we'll get into what it's like on teh first day of school as we go over words related to enrolling new students, conversing in the classroom, talking about rules and behavior, and basic vocabulary for various academic subjects. We'll also cover Spanish words and phrases to use in the cafeteria, on the playground, and even in the nurses office! Finally, we'll delve into some survival phrases for the parent-teacher conference as you learn to describe how a child is doing, talk about academic or behavior problems, and discuss grades and homework.

By the end of the course, you'll be wee on the path to being a Spanish speaker and communicating more effectively with the Spanish-speakers all around you. Vamos! (Let's go!)

Survival Kit for New Teachers
Are you a new teacher who feels anxious about entering your first classroom? Whether you’re already teaching, a newly credentialed graduate, or a substitute looking to transition to full-time, this course will provide you with all the time-tested tools, tips, and tricks you need to make your early years in the classroom a breeze.

Teaching Adult Learners
If you’re excited about the challenge of reaching and teaching adult learners, you’re in the right place! In this course, you’ll discover ways to motivate adult students by tapping into their learning styles, interests, and needs. In addition, you’ll learn dozens of powerful teaching techniques that will keep your adult learners excited and help them absorb your material effortlessly. We’ll also talk about planning your course, creating a welcoming classroom setting, and using educational aids and technology. And finally, we’ll discuss classroom discipline, talk about creating tests, and look at tools you can use to measure your students’ performance. If you’re training to teach adults, the information and hands-on activities in this course will give you the confidence you need to succeed—and you’ll know all the tricks and techniques for winning over this fun, exciting, and very demanding group of students.

Teaching ESL/EFL Grammar
In this course, you'll come to see English grammar as a three-dimensional process that's useful in bringing coherence, cohesion, and texture to writing and speech. We'll begin by considering seven definitions of grammar that we'll draw on throughout the course. We'll also discuss the differences between patterns and rules, and why second-language learners benefit from our instruction on both.

You'll learn why students need to understand the three dimensions of grammar—form, meaning, and use—and how seeing grammar as a dynamic and changing system helps students overcome many of their grammar challenges. You'll also see why teaching grammar in a way that makes it personally meaningful to your students brings the best results.

And since teaching isn't just about presenting lessons, we'll also go over the importance of "reading" your students—observing them to try to figure out what learning process they're using. We'll contrast rote or mechanical practice with meaningful practice, and we'll go over guidelines for creating activities and adapting your textbook exercises to get students working on the unique learning challenge presented by each different grammatical structure.

Toward the end of the course, we'll talk about what specific errors students make can indicate, and how they can help us pinpoint the unique challenges our students face so we can develop meaningful practice activities to help them meet those challenges. And we'll finish up the course by discussing ways that you can give valuable feedback to your students. Get ready to discover how to teach grammar in a way that's both effective and enjoyable for your students!

Teaching ESL/EFL Reading
Did you realize that reading is one of the most important skills you can teach? The skill of reading not only gives your students what they need to be successful learners, but it also makes them more self-confident and eager to learn their whole life long. It's truly at the core of the other language skills—listening, speaking, writing, and grammar. In this course, you'll learn how to show your students the value of reading to motivate them to become strong readers.

Together, we'll explore the core skills of intensive reading. Then we'll examine extensive reading and how to integrate it into your curriculum. Next, we'll cover ways to bring vocabulary teaching into your reading classroom. You'll find out the difference between teaching comprehension and merely testing on it. They're not the same!

We'll also look at ways to help your students develop a fluent reading rate and use strategies for reading successfully. And we'll round out our time together by discussing how to plan effective lessons, design a strong reading curriculum, select appropriate reading materials, and assess students to encourage their growth.

If you would like to pass a passion for reading on to your students, then this is the course for you!

Teaching ESL/EFL Vocabulary
Do you sometimes wonder if the vocabulary your textbook is teaching is really what your ESL students need to learn? Well, you're not alone. Many teachers long to have a more precise and effective way of helping their students learn English vocabulary, and in this course, I'll show you how.

Over the next six weeks, you'll discover what the different types of vocabulary are, as well as how to accurately assess what your students already know and what they need to learn. You'll also explore the most powerful way of teaching vocabulary as you teach ESL: across the four strands. These four strands include meaning-focused input (listening and reading), meaning-focused output (speaking and writing), language-focused (deliberate) learning, and fluency development.

You may be surprised to learn that you don't need to devote class time to all the types of vocabulary. Instead, you're better off teaching your students learning strategies with certain categories, and you'll get to fully delve into what these are too.

In addition, you'll find ways to evaluate how successful your vocabulary activities are, see how to teach vocabulary with content-based instruction, and explore how to monitor your students' learning. By the end of this course, you'll understand what makes a well-balanced vocabulary course and how to design one of your own!

Teaching Math: Grades 4-6
Reinvent math instruction for grades 4-6 by bringing hands-on learning, inexpensive manipulatives, and real-world connections into your classroom. Whether you’re a new teacher or a seasoned pro, this course will help you get your students excited about math!

Teaching Preschool: A Year of Inspiring Lessons
If you've been teaching preschoolers or are in the process of becoming a preschool teacher, you know what short attention spans preschoolers have.  You've probably wondered how to structure your days to make the most of the way they learn. Up to now, crafting original and inspiring lesson plans may have been a daunting task, but not for much longer! In this course, you'll get equipped with a solid lesson plan template and lots of interchangeable activities to choose from—plenty of inspiration to take you and your students from September to May.

Teaching Science: Grades 4-6
Ready to maximize your abilities in teaching science? You'll learn about foundational content in physical, life, and earth science, and ways to teach that content to your students. Discover specific teaching methods and science process skills, and learn how to improve the emotional climate in your classroom. Lots of examples and worksheets you can use in your own classroom are included. There's a big emphasis on the scientific method, and there's even an entire lesson devoted to science fairs!

Teaching Smarter With SMART Boards
SMART Boards are revolutionizing today’s classroom. Using these exciting interactive whiteboards, you can create multimedia lessons that engage learners and address their diverse needs.  

But having SMART Boards in the classroom and knowing how to use them to provide quality instruction are two different things! If you have a Smart Board in your classroom but have little training in using it, you may be wondering—“What on earth do I do with it?” 

In this class, you’ll discover how to create outstanding presentations with SMART Board and SMART Notebook technology. You’ll explore the basics of using these tools and discover how to create your own SMART board lessons blending text, videos, and graphics. You’ll also go beyond the bells and whistles and look at specific ways to use SMART technology to broaden your content and make your lessons accessible to all students. Finally, you’ll get some simple trouble-shooting tips that will come in handy if your SMART board isn’t acting as smart as it should. 

By the time you’re done with this course, you’ll be an expert at using your new high-tech tools to plan SMART board lessons that provide engaging, thought-provoking, and easy-to-update material for today’s media-savvy learners.

Teaching Students With ADHD
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are always hearing things like "Try harder," "Pay attention," and "Sit still." And they'd love to do these things—but they don't know how!  

In this course, you'll discover practical ways to help children with ADHD control their behavior and succeed in school.And you'll be learning from the real experts: the children themselves. You'll find out how Kristi controls her behavior and how Wanda handles boredom. You'll see how Adam jump-starts his thought processes, how Harry satisfies his need to move without bothering his teacher, and how Darren aces his homework. 

In addition, you'll hear from parents and teachers about the amazing benefits of relatively simple adaptations in space, structure, rules, and expectations. You'll also explore myths and facts about ADHD and see how this condition affects motivation, activity level, attention, and memory.  

These lessons will arm you with powerful strategies you can put to use immediately in your own classroom. By the time you're done, you'll have the skills and knowledge you need to help students with ADHD compensate for their problems and achieve their full potential.

Teaching Students With Autism: Strategies for Success
Just 20 years ago, we didn't see students with autism in our classrooms. But today, we teach children with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome right alongside their neurotypical peers. Reaching and teaching these students requires a delicate balancing act: understanding how their brains are wired, helping them turn challenges into opportunities, and learning to enjoy the rich perspective they bring to the classroom.

Teaching Students With Autism: Strategies for Success
Just 20 years ago, we didn't see students with autism in our classrooms. But today, we teach children with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome right alongside their neurotypical peers. Reaching and teaching these students requires a delicate balancing act: understanding how their brains are wired, helping them turn challenges into opportunities, and learning to enjoy the rich perspective they bring to the classroom.

Teaching Students With Learning Disabilities
Learn how to successfully meet the diverse needs of the learning disabled students in your classroom from an experienced special educator. We'll dissect the whole special education process, from working with individualized education programs (IEPs) to helping students struggling with reading comprehension, math skills, and writing. Empower yourself by discovering easy, practical, and creative strategies that you can use to help your struggling students to find their light bulb moments!

Teaching Writing K-3
From the time tht a young child picks up a crayon and marks on a paper to when an older child puts the finishing sentence on an autobiography of a poem, a young author is developing the skills tht will be used for a lifetime. In this course, you'll examine the developmental stages of writing, from scribbling to the standard spelling stage, so that you can foster your students' skills and gently nudge them to grow as authors. This course is full of practical ideas that you can use to motivate students in your classroom.

You'll look at tools such as athe writer's workshop, the six traits of writing, and genre studies for ways to teach students about writing. You'll see how each of these tools can be used by teachers to encourage early elementary writers. As your students become better writers, they will become better readers, and you'll see how well reading and writing instruction work together to support each other.

The course also covers ways to support the writers who struggle, whether due to a lack of motivation, fine motor skills, or ideas. And of course, you'll explore techniques for getting parents involved so that they can help with writing at home. By the end of the course, you'll have a new enthusiasm for teaching that will ignite your students' love of writing!

Teaching Writing: Grades 4-6
In this teacher-training course, you'll learn from an experienced educator how to motivate and assist developing writers. You'll master strategies for teaching the writing process and find out how to develop engaging lessons for different writing applications. We'll explore the benefits of writing across the curriculum, examine ways to organize your writing instruction, and uncover the secrets of effective assessment.

The Classroom Computer
Discover how the classroom computer can ignite a desire for learning in your students! You'll discover a wide variety of simple, field-tested techniques guaranteed to unleash the power of the computer throughout your curriculum.

The Creative Classroom
Creativity will abound in your classroom as you tap into your students' hidden talents. Learn creative new approaches to learning labs, activities, exercises, assignments, field trips, and evaluation methods. Think beyond the textbook and challenge your students by making your classroom a creative classroom!

The Differentiated Instruction and Response to Intervention Connection
Today’s teachers are using two powerful approaches—Differentiated Instruction (DI) and Response to Intervention (RTI)—to help every child succeed academically. In this course, you’ll learn how to put this “dynamic duo” to work in your own classroom teaching and lesson plans.

You’ll start by exploring different learning styles and delving into a concept called multiple intelligences. In addition, you’ll look at the factors that motivate students to learn in a child-centered classroom.

After that, you’ll master the basics of both DI and RTI and learn how these two approaches work hand-in-hand to enhance children’s learning. You’ll find out how to perform different types of assessments, monitor your students’ progress, select research-based teaching materials, address learners’ diverse needs, and move students up or down the RTI tiers so they’re getting just the right help they need.

In addition, you’ll find out why collaboration is crucial when you’re implementing RTI and DI. You’ll discover how you and your colleagues will work together as a team to identify at-risk students, plan solutions, and address problems quickly and efficiently. And finally, you’ll learn how to get parents involved as active partners in the education process.

Case studies and examples will help you see how DI and RTI strategies work in the real world, and you’ll get lots of ideas for hands-on activities you can start using right away in your own classroom. Throughout this course, you’ll have opportunities to practice new techniques and exchange ideas with fellow educators and your instructor. You’ll come away armed with powerful and easy-to-implement strategies that will benefit every student you teach.

Understanding Adolescents
To know your kids is to love them. In this course, an experienced social worker will help you gain a deep understanding and appreciation of your adolescent's development and behavior. You'll uncover the secrets of the adolescent mind and gain valuable information on how they think, how they feel, how their identities develop, and what steps you can take to ensure that you are well prepared to meet the needs of the teens in your life.

Using the Internet in the Classroom
Harness the power of the Internet to make your textbooks and lessons come alive! Teach your students how to locate and evaluate Internet resources. Improve the caliber and amount of discussion through the use of e-mail and discussion boards. The Internet can make teaching easier--this course will show you how.

What's New in Microsoft Office 2007
In this course, you'll learn how to use the new features of Micrtosoft Office 2007. Through easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, you'll get comfortable creating Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and an Access database. On the surface, MS Office 2007 looks a lot different than previous versions (no more menus or toolbars!) but by learning to understand the dramatically changed, Ribbon-based interface, you'll quickly get back on the road to productivity.

What's New in Microsoft Office 2010
Get up to speed on the latest version of Microsoft Office 2010! In these lessons, you'll explore all the new features of Office as you work with Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and Access databases.

As you master each program, you'll explore both the new 2010 features and those added in 2007. If you're still using Office 2003 or 2007, you'll learn how to transition smoothly to this newer version- and if you're already using Office 2010, you'll discover ways to work more quickly. efficiently, and confidently.

In Word, you'll learn all about the new 2010 File tab. After that, you'll see how to manage your documents in Backstage View and work with the new Picture SmartArt layouts. Then you'll find out how to make your documents more accessible to all users with the Accessibility Checker, and learn how to find anything in your documents quickly with the Navigation pane. Finally, you'll discover tht working in a multicultural world is easier than ever with the new Mini Translator.

In Excel, you'll see what the File tab does and find out how to save your worksheet as a PDF file. Next, you'll learn how sparklines let you illustrate your data in a compact format, discover how slicers allow you to summarize data quickly, and delve into brand-new formatting options.

In PowerPoint, we'll look at the new File tab and them move on to SmartArt picture layouts and the new Picture background removal feature. In addition, you'll see how video styles can make your videos look spectacular and how the Transitions tab can make slide show transitions easy. You'll also master new animation effects, examine how to organize long presentations using sections, and learn how to create a video from any PowerPoint presentation.

In Access, you'll learn how to use the new data type parts to quickly add pre-made fields to a database, and explore application parts (which are like templates you can add to your databases). You'll see how Access 2010 lets you  use themes in forms and reports, and how you can share your Access tables, forms, and reports by publishing to other formats and exporting objects to the Web.

Before you know it, you'll be using each MS Office 2010 program with ease, accomplishing your work faster, and creating documents that look better than ever!

Writing Effective Grant Proposals
Preparing successful grant proposals to receive funding from corporations or foundations requires careful research, meticulous preparation, and graceful writing. Grant administrators tell us that many grant requestors have no real understanding of the proposal writing process and as a result, their worthy causes lose out.

If you learn how to avoid the errors that lead to the rejection of your proposal, you will be better prepared to help the causes you most admire. This course will walk you through all of the essential steps--including an important discussion of what you must do when the grant arrives!

In this course, you’ll learn how to become fully familiar with the institution or project for which you are requesting support. You’ll get valuable guidance in preparing a background statement and a brief financial statement to support your request. You’ll also research some charitable foundation and corporate giving sources.

Then, you'll learn how to put everything together so you can assemble, write, and submit complete grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and wealthy individuals for any number of your pet projects.

To register: please contact Janelle Sailer, workshop coordinator at Medina County Educational Service Center at jsailer@medina-esc.org of 330.723.6393 for registration information. The registration deadline is one week prior to the start date of the course.