Spring 2020 Semester Offerings from Drake

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Happy New Year from Drake University’s Continuing Education and Professional Development Department!  We are excited to spring into 2020 with some new offerings and also some reinvented offerings in different formats.  Registration is now open for most of the courses listed below and you can always check our website for more information: www.drake.edu/cepd

Power of Play: Learning, Communicating and Engaging Learners

Saturday, March 28 and Saturday, April 18

Registration Opens Tuesday, January 21st

Instructor: Susan Dannen

The purpose of this one-credit face-to-face experiential course is to explore the importance of play in learning.  To the observer, students look like they are “just playing”, but together we will unravel the big picture to find the underlying learning taking place through play.  Participants will acquire tools on how to observe play, while learning techniques to interact and respond to play themes.  Attendees will understand concurrently about the rationale behind the importance of play in child development and in education settings, how students use play as part of their social-emotional language and how to effectively observe and respond to messages in play.  This course will be offered for both relicensure credit and graduate credit.

Connecting with African American Students in the Classroom:  A Culturally Responsive Approach to Learning

Saturday, April 4 and Saturday, April 25

Registration Opens Monday, February 3rd 
Instructor: Jeanette Thomas

This one credit face-to-face course examines the educational experiences of African American students in Iowa schools.  Educational practices and organizational structures provide insight into how inequalities due to social, class, race, and other social differences shape educational outcomes.  Individual student experiences in schools are considered with a focus on K-12 public education with an emphasis on urban schools in low-income communities.  Research based strategies with data driven results are studied to provide a framework for analysis for students to incorporate into the classroom setting.  Collaborative partnerships between educators, parents, community service agencies, mental health and social services are highlighted in an effort to illustrate best practices and what works to address the needs of marginalized African American students.  This course will be offered for both relicensure credit and graduate credit.

Teacher Self-Care: Learn Strategies for Yourself and for Your Colleagues

Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23

Registration Opens Monday, February 24th 

Instructor: Judi Mireles

This one-credit course offered for relicensure credit is a self-care workshop for educators!  We will spend the first day learning techniques and strategies for your own self-care and then spend the next day turning outward to think about how you can support the self-care of your colleagues.  Prepare to fill up your motivational gas tank and think about the upcoming year.  You will not be required to purchase a text, however, there is a materials fee due to the make-and-take nature of the course.

Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom:  A Clinician’s Perspective

Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26

Registration Opens Monday, February 3rd 
Instructors: Leslie Rogers and Kirsten Smith

This one-credit hour face-to-face course will explore key components and stages of social emotional learning (SEL), related brain anatomy and function, and factors that may impact SEL development.  Participants will learn about a host of factors that may impact a child’s social emotional affect across the school day along with techniques and strategies that will assist teachers, counselors, and administrators in understanding SEL motivators. This course is taught by two ChildServe clinicians who have had the opportunity to work with children one-on-one and want to help educators understand children’s individual SEL needs.  This course is offered for both graduate and license renewal credit.

The Domino Effect Program is Now an Online Course

Registration is Now Open, See Below

Our highly successful Domino Effect program has been converted into a one-hour online course. This was done using video and other content from our fall, 2018 event at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. Students will experience the entire program from the eyes of an audience member with insights from incarcerated women, guardians serving children of incarcerated women and Dr. Jerome Greenfield who is an expert on mental health. This new class will be offered later this spring (April-May), use the following link to register:  NEW ONLINE WOMEN’S DOMINO EFFECT CLASS

The Domino Effect Program at the Men’s Penitentiary in Fort Madison

Registration is Now Open, See Below

We are excited to continue this program at the men’s prison this spring on Wednesday, April 22nd.  This course may be taken for license renewal or graduate credit.


Inspiring Investigations through Citizen Science

March 23-April 27, 2020

Registration is Now Open, See Below

This one graduate credit online course allows students to discover how citizen science and student-driven investigations meet next generation science standards and support student learning. After completing this course, students will be able to: explain the benefits of teaching with citizen science and inquiry; identify the science practices developed through citizen science and inquiry; describe the complexity of the scientific process; support students in developing their own investigations; create an implementation plan for using citizen science and science investigations with students. This course is being offered through a partnership between Drake University Continuing Education and Professional Development and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Follow this link to register for this course: Inspiring Investigations through Citizen Science 

The Drake Summer Music Institute will offer four opportunities this summer:
Registration information will be posted on our website soon: CEPD Special Events, Conferences, and Courses

Popular Music Pedagogies: Modern Band in the Classroom

June 17-19, Instructor: Dr. Bryan Powell

Bel Canto Solfeggio (this will be two, 2-day courses)

June 22-25, Instructor: John Armstrong

Music Literacy

June 10-11, Instructor: Dr. Carol Krueger

Kodaly Certification, Levels I, II, III

July 13-24, Instructors: Tom Sletto, Barbara Sletto, Sandy Miller, Kris VerSteegt

Drake’s Education Leadership Symposium will Highlight Standards Based Grading:

Registration Opens Monday, February 10th

National assessment expert and author Rick Wormeli will be the keynote speaker in the morning and the afternoon will include breakout sessions focusing on best classroom and leadership practices.

June 17 – Hy-Vee Hall (Room 101), Des Moines.  Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and the event ends at 3:00 p.m.  Cost $199 which includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Quick links to additional Continuing Education and Professional Development resources

Courses for Coaches and Physical Educators  (Online and Video Correspondence) 
Online courses for teachers 
Special Events, Conferences, and Courses
FAQ’s for students

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