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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 Secrets to Classroom Management is designed to guide current and prospective teachers as they create a positive classroom community, with the involvement and cooperation of the students. This course explores the fundamental principles of classroom management and discipline along with discussing ways to involve students in the creation of their learning environment. In this course, we will define classroom management and describe how to understand and prevent student misbehavior. You will learn meaningful communication skills and how to identify diversity within your students. This course will outline how to maintain appropriate student behavior as well as diving into how to handle inappropriate behavior including challenging and violent students.

    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.

    Creating effective online learning courses and simulations can be a challenge. There are tools and techniques, as well as best practices, that can help those designing and creating online learning content for organizations and institutions of higher education. This course offers instruction on the major models, tools, and techniques in creating and delivering online learning. It reviews the fundamentals of general learning theory and how it can be applied, in practice, to online design and instruction. Further, the course provides a brief survey of the technology employed in online learning, best practices for teaching online, strategies for integrating narrative learning into an educational curriculum, and the basics of developing accessible online learning.

    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.

    Are you looking for guidance for incorporating flipped techniques in your classroom? The basic principle of flipped learning involves providing direct instruction for the individual outside of class so that there is more strategic use of in-class time for group work. Our Flipped Learning for Elementary Education course explores practical ways that educators can incorporate this model into their classrooms. Within this course, we’ll cover how to teach different flipped subjects, incorporating technology, and how to provide differentiated instruction.

    All teachers want children to fulfill their creative potential, but teachers and other adults often unintentionally stifle creativity. Fueling Creativity in the Classroom is designed to help teachers know and understand the skills that children need to thrive in the future: knowing how to learn, passion and curiosity, people skills, and creativity. Teachers need to ensure that every single early childhood setting is a place where ideas can grow and our course will help new and seasoned teachers with their approach in fostering creativity for the students in their classrooms.

    Peer support is an important system for any professional in a high stress job. Peer support is a system that provides a resource of support from others with similar experiences. In this course, we will discover the history of how peer support started and explore some frightening statistics that show what professionals go through without this valuable system.