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This concise and practical guide integrates effective reading strategies from each perspective. Every chapter of Shifting the Balance focuses on one of the six simple and scientifically sound shifts reading teachers can make to strengthen their approach to early reading instruction in these areas: ·         Reading Comprehension ·         Phonemic Awareness ·         Phonics ·         High-Frequency Words ·         Cueing Systems ·         Text Selection Practical Instruction for Primary Grades: Whether your students are just learning to read or building more advanced reading comprehension skills, Shifting the Balance is designed to help teachers meet the instructional needs of K-2 students.   Six Manageable Shifts: Each chapter focuses on a key shift that helps educators understand common misconceptions and adjust their thinking around some common instructional practices that teachers have been using for decades. Evidence-Based Instruction: Burkins and Yates offer busy educators a blueprint for integrating findings from brain research, cognitive science, and child development into their daily instruction, while keeping meaningful experiences with books a priority.   BOOK:  Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1625315104 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1625315106 This course is free for members or $50 for non-members. You can earn either 15 CECH (continuing education contact hours) at no cost OR 1 graduate credit from Augustana University for $50.   Read More

In this much anticipated follow-up to their groundbreaking book, Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom, authors Jan Burkins and Kari Yates, together with co-author Katie Cunningham, extend the conversation in Shifting the Balance, Grades 3-5: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Upper Elementary Classroom. This new text is built in mind specifically for grades 3-5 teachers around best practices for the intermediate classroom. Shifting the Balance, Grades 3-5 introduces six more shifts across individual chapters that: Zoom in on a common (but not-as helpful-as-we-had-hoped) practice to reconsider Untangle a number of “misunderstandings” that have likely contributed to the use of the common practice Propose a more science-aligned shift to the current practice Provide solid scientific research to support the revised practice Offer a collection of high-leverage, easy-to-implement instructional routines to support the shift to more brain-friendly instruction The authors offer a refreshing approach that is respectful, accessible, and practical – grounded in an earnest commitment to building a bridge between research and classroom practice. As with the first Shifting the Balance, they aim to keep students at the forefront of reading instruction. BOOK:  Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 162531597X ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1625315977 This course is worth either 15 CECH (continuing education contact hours) OR 1 graduate credit from Augustana University ($50).      Read More

This course initiates the purpose and direction of student-teacher relationships to fully conceptualize teaching and learning in this context. Fundamental understanding of the building of relationships, communication practices, student teacher needs, strategies and planning for collaborative efforts, and recognition of professional teaching attributes will form the core of this course. In addition to registering for the course itself on this site, you have the option to earn 15 CECH hours or you can sign up for one graduate credit ($40) through USD here: EDFN 592: Cooperating Teacher - 24SP-27229 (usd.edu) This link  works for cooperating teachers whose student teacher placement begins in January.  Those whose student teachers have split placements(fine arts, SPED, etc) may also register for the course; there is a condensed course schedule recommended for split placements.  The course grading period runs from January 15-May 3. The last day to register is January 24, 2024 for USD credit. After that date, only CECH will be available.   **Please note that while there are 32 modules, many modules can be completed in ten minutes or less. The total estimated time commitment for this course is 15 hours.  Read More

  Are you a teacher who struggles with emotional storms in your classroom? Do you wonder how this impacts your students' learning and wellbeing? And what about the impact these storms have on you? In today's world, many children struggle to manage their emotions at school, which can negatively affect the learning of others. But what if you could reduce stress and disruption in the classroom and instead support a calm and connected learning environment? Emotional Storms will increase your knowledge of the various causes of dysregulation. In this easy-to-follow guide, you'll learn simple, time-efficient prevention strategies you can use in your classroom every day. You will also gain ideas on how to turn the tide if a storm is imminent and minimize the impact of those that do occur. Your role in supporting and educating children is vital and inherently stressful, so this must-read book also provides crucial information on self-care and wellbeing. Teachers aim to change the world by educating young minds, and children learn best when they are 'safe and social'. Armed with the powerful information in this text, you can connect the two and benefit students today as well as the generations who follow. BOOK: “The Emotional Storm: Preventing Dysregulation in the Classroom” by Anne Maree Tadey   ISBN:  978-1922982728    This course is worth either 15 CECH (continuing education contact hours) OR 1 graduate credit from Augustana University ($50).          Read More

Research is teaching us that a lot of student behaviors are related to childhood trauma and other factors that impact brain development. Teaching to the social and emotional needs of students and building relationships is the key to de-escalating behaviors and fostering learning. This course is worth 1 CECH Credit Read More

PROFESSIONALISM ONLINE "An estimated 74% of Americans over the age of 18 use social networking websites. Naturally, some of these adults are educators. But with news stories of teachers being fired or disciplined for tweets, status updates, and Instagram photos becoming more common, educators can be (understandably) anxious when using social media."   --Rachael Nichol (The American Board Blog)   This course will take educators some of the basics of being professional online and is worth 1 CEU credit.   ***This publication is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for specific legal or other professional advice.  If you have specific questions about your legal or contractual rights, contact your UniServ Director.  This guidance will be updated periodically based on new information and guidance, so please refer back to this link for the most current information. Read More

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