Educators' Institute

Goucher's Educators' Institute provides teachers and administrators innovative training on several new techniques that address issues for a diverse range of learners.

Innovative Training

Educators are facing new and evolving challenges in the classroom and beyond from expanded curriculum diversity to technology integration to stressors and behavioral issues. 

The Educators' Institute provides teachers and administrators innovative training that address these issues for a diverse range of learners. The Institute courses focus on experiential learning and building lesson plans during the course that will adapt to the needs of your organization and classroom.

Fulfill Credits in One Week

Institute courses fulfill graduate and professional development credits in a condensed format, with most courses taking place over one week during the summer semester. The fee for a 900-level course is $560 per 1.5 credits or $1,120 per 3.0 credits. A non-refundable registration fee of $60 per semester will also be applied.

Week 1: June 26-30, 2017

Differentiating Instruction: Responding to Every Student’s Needs (3 credits)
ED 608PC.900 Lauri Silver
M-F 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

This course will offer the opportunity for educators to deepen their knowledge about topics relating to differentiated instruction through the exploration of tools, simulations, discussions, and research. They will apply their learnings through the creation of original, differentiated products and will reflect on how differentiated instruction connects to their work in the classroom. Throughout the course, differentiated strategies will be embedded and modeled. Students are asked to bring a laptop or tablet to each class in order to access online resources.
Elementary, Middle, High

Practical Topics and Strategies in Special Education for School Leaders (1.5 credits) - View the Syllabus
ED 655CD.900 Jean Satterfield
June 26-30, 2017; M-F 9:00 A.M. - Noon

This course is an examination of the procedures, processes and practices that support successful education of students with educational disabilities. It will also focus on the effectiveness of the skills of leadership and administrators and teachers in working with parents, students, teachers and ancillary staff to make the team process and the IEP implementation collaborative, comfortable and successful for all concerned. The Student Support Team and IEP team functions will be reviewed and tips for administrators and teacher leaders will be shared. The term, Least Restrictive Environment will be discussed from cultural, social-emotional, political, geographic and instructional viewpoints.  Leadership skills for teachers and school administrators including written and oral communication, collaboration, organization and culturally responsive instruction will also be a focus. Participants will also examine challenges in their own school environment. This 1.5 credit course meets one half of the 3.0 special education credit requirement for educators completing the Admin I requirement needed for administrators including assistant principals and principals.
Elementary, Middle, High

Using Restorative Practices to Create an Inclusive Classroom (1.5 credits)
ED 655CE.900 Karyn Renneberg
June 26-30, 2017; M-F 1:00 - 4:00 P.M.

Explore the principles and values of an innovative discipline approach, restorative practices. Learn how restorative practices differ from traditional disciplinary systems. The course includes an experiential immersion in techniques that are used to build classroom community and support effective problem solving. These practices support all students, and have shown promise in effectively including students who receive special education services as well as other identified subgroups. These students are statistically excluded more often from the classroom or school environment due to disciplinary issues. Teachers who use these methods often find that the overall proportion of time dedicated to managing problem behavior is reduced. This 1.5 credit course meets one half of the 3.0 special education credit requirement for educators completing the Admin I requirement needed for administrators including assistant principals and principals.
Elementary, Middle, High

Week 2: July 10-14, 2017

Active Learning with Technology: Enriched Classroom Presentations (3 credits) - View the Syllabus
ED 644TG.900  Warren Nelson
July 10-14, 2017; M-F 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

This course is designed to help participants transform traditional digital presentation technologies (such as PowerPoint) from students passively receiving information to active classroom presentations where students individually respond and receive feedback. Learning basic scripting procedures will allow participants to construct classroom presentations that can actively involve students in independent learning experiences in school and/or as a flipped classroom experience. With this scripting, teachers can create digital presentations for critical reading activities, review activities, practice tests, and more, transforming traditional presentations into activities in which students are actively involved in processing content. Participants must have prior experience with creating basic PowerPoint presentations.
Elementary, Middle, High

NEW COURSE! Coding in the Classroom (1.5 credits) - View the Syllabus
ED 644TQ Justin Hennaut
Online Tu 7/11 & Th 7/13 and Face-to-Face M 7/10; W 7/12, & F 7/14; 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

In this course, participants will explore the fundamentals of computer science, with a focus on coding. The emphasis will be placed on the basics of coding and utilizing coding as a tool for use in core content areas. Participants must be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to make connections between real world problem solving, computational thinking, and core content standards. It is strongly recommended that this course be paired with the 1.5 credit course, Computational Thinking and Technology.
Elementary, Middle, High

Educating for Character (1.5 credits)
ED 651.900 Tracey Johnson
July 10-14, 2017; M-F 9:00 A.M. – Noon

What is the connection between character education and student achievement? This course provides an exploration of the concepts that undergird the teaching of values and character development in schools. The class will examine character education principles and programs and incorporate them into practical applications for students. It is recommended that this course be paired with another 1.5-credit course offered in the afternoon.
Elementary, Middle, High

Evening Course Option

Using Technology to Integrate Universal Design for Learning into Classroom Instruction (3 credits) - View the Syllabus
ED 644TE.900 Nancy Reed
June 5 to July 20, 2017; Online and Face-to-Face W 6/7, W 6/21, & W 7/19; 4:30 – 6:15 P.M.

Diversity is the norm, not the exception, in schools today. When curricula are designed only to meet the needs of a few, those with different abilities, learning styles, backgrounds, and preferences may fall behind. Twenty-first century teaching and learning focuses on ensuring that all individuals have fair and equal opportunities to learn. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework that addresses learner diversity at the beginning of the design or planning effort. This course will expose participants to brain networks, the history and principles of UDL, strategies for approaching all learners, what will be taught, and how it will be taught. Participants will experiment with technology tools and redesign a lesson using these tools, demonstrating multiple ways to access resources and content so learners are ensured the opportunity engage in learning.
Elementary, Middle, High