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The Standards of Effective Pedagogy: Standards 3 and 4 (Grades K-12)


Target group: K-12 teachers

Instructor: Ruth Hanna

This eWorkshop will focus on standards 3 & 4 of the CREDE (Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence) Standards of Effective Pedagogy. Participants will explore how connecting teaching and curriculum to the experiences and skills of bilingual studentsí home and communities promotes complex thinking. This course fulfills 15 hours towards the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse teacher relicensure requirements for the Colorado Department of Education.

These eWorkshops can be taken in any order.

Guiding Questions:

  • Unit 1: How can Funds of Knowledge inform my curriculum?
  • Unit 2: What can contextualization look like in my instruction?
  • Unit 3: What is complex thinking and how does it help students to meet high academic standards?
  • Unit 4: How can I enact complex thinking in my teaching practice?
  • Unit 5: What does a classroom look like when Joint Productive Activity, Language and Literacy, Contextualization, and Complex Thinking are put into place at high a level?
  • Unit 6: Answer the Essential Question.

eWorkshops are inquiry oriented, multimedia courses that are comprised of six units. Each unit is organized around an essential question and a guiding question and follows the same three-part learning cycle:

  • Explore: participants spend 45 minutes exploring new ideas, content, concepts or perspectives.
  • Make-It-Work: participants select one of a minimum of two designed and completely supported options of how to make the new learning from Explore work in an actual classroom context. Participants spend approximately 45 minutes selecting and preparing to implement the option of their choice.
  • Share: participants share their learning in an online space. This usually takes 30-45 minutes of a participantís time.

Each unit takes approximately two hours. eWorkshop participants who complete all six units can receive a certificate of completion as well as use their work towards a course that will earn them one graduate level credit at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.



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