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    Over the last three decades, school shootings have become increasing more frequent. Why is this happening? Our Bullying in Schools course discusses the connections between school shootings, bullying, and gender and social demands placed on children in our schools. Bullying has reached disturbing levels across the country and no one is immune. We’ll discuss aspects of masculinity, social status, violence against girls, cyber-bullying, gay bashing, and adult bullying. This course introduces you to the effects bullying has on our communities and techniques for creating a caring learning environment for our children.

    The ability to manage a classroom is one of the most crucial skills any educator can cultivate. The Classroom Management Secrets course is designed to develop these skills through practical advice and step-by-step instructions. Educators will learn to create a classroom management plan that motivates students to practice proper behavior in the classroom, as well as handle difficult students, fuel intrinsic motivation, teach routines, and be a calmer, more effective teacher.

    Creating a new peer support team for your organization or as a resource for your community is a rewarding adventure. Peer support teams providing the support system needed to help individuals who experience trauma and stress in their daily lives. Becoming a part of a peer support group can allow you to make a difference in the lives of others. In this course, we will walk through the policies and structure of a new peer support team. We will describe the essentials needed to start a team and the community resources available. Lastly, we will interview the leader of a recently formed peer support group that will explain how the team was created and how having the team has impacted the department so far.

    Connections are an important part of peer support. Connections to others give us a support system for dealing with difficult and traumatic situations. In this course, we will discuss the importance of connections and show you how small similarities can build connections between groups of people, describe empathy and differentiate it from sympathy, and allow you to practice empathy by determining the correct empathetic response to a peer's situation. Completing this course will give you knowledge and understanding of how creating connections impacts peer support.

    As an educator, you work to make sure your students are in a physically safe classroom environment, but what about socially and emotionally? It is extremely important for students to feel valued, that their social identity and cultures are accepted, and that they are welcomed members of the classroom. Our Creating Safe Classroom Environments course helps educators gain the knowledge for building positive, trustworthy, and challenging curriculum and environments that allow students to flourish. These practices help to empower students to take charge of their own learning and goals.

    Debriefing is one of three interventions of critical incident stress management. This tool can be used one of two ways. It can be done by a team within the department or office with professionals directly involved in the traumatic or stressful event or it can be done by an outside team trained in debriefing. Debriefing is generally the next step after defusing when the peer supporters identifying a need for further support beyond the initial group discussion. This tool gives support to individuals in a team where they can identify with others experiencing the same feelings and thoughts after the traumatic event. In this course, we will start by describing debriefing and discuss the structure and reasons for holding a debriefing.

    Defusing is one of three interventions of critical incident stress management. This tool is used in peer support to touch individuals who have just experienced a traumatic or stressful situation that could lead to a critical incident. Defusing allows peer supporters to come together with those involved in or exposed to the situation and give them a place to speak freely about their initial thoughts and feelings as well as providing information on what to expect in the first 24-48 hours after the situation. In this course, we will define defusing and outline the structure. Through video, we will demonstrate a successful defusing with a group of emergency personnel that all experienced a automobile accident that resulted in a death.

    Developmentally appropriate and effective practices are a valuable tool for educators in the classroom. Following effective practices and curriculum standards allows educators to provide the best structure for students learning experience. In this course, we will explore the three ares of knowledge that form the core of developmentally appropriate practice, analyze stages of play, discuss curriculum development, and more.

    The elementary classroom today, is more diverse, inclusive, and plugged in to technology than ever before and although schools today are changing so rapidly, the power of differentiation remains the same and the need is ever growing! Teachers today are under tremendous pressure to help ensure students meet a set of rigorous, standardized learning topics. Differentiation in the Elementary Classroom will guide teachers with the division of time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct their students.

    Bullying has become a growing issue in schools and children's lives. Educators must play a part in the prevention and identification of bullying and harassment in their classroom and school. In this course, we will discuss how to prevent, identify, and discipline harassment and bullying in the classroom and learning environment.

    Educators play a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect by identifying signs and providing a safe environment for students. In this course, we will discuss what the role educators play in child safety and explore physically safe environments for their students.

    Children are exposed to three main structures and interactions, Family, School, and Community. These structures can effect a child's education by providing support or being a challenge. In this course, we will explore the different partnerships between a child's family, school, and community as well as discussing the communications.