Spring Offerings from Drake

Cultural Awareness: Seeing Past the Stereotypes 

Spring 2023 Course Dates: February 20 – April 16, 2023

Graduate Credit-3 semester hours

This course initiates the process of seeing past stereotypes by raising each student’s awareness of the culture in which they live. Once students are tuned into the elements of their own culture, they will be exposed to their own implicit bias and guided down a path of exploring and implementing the best strategies for connecting with and appreciating those from other cultures. Students will be provided with opportunities to hear the voices of those from other cultures and, through their work in this course, they will develop tools to assist them in successfully applying the important concepts of cultural awareness in their work environment, whether educational, counseling, administrative or other.

Differentiation and Literacy

Spring 2023 Course Dates: March 13 – May 7, 2023

Graduate Credit-3 semester hours

In this course, you will learn to differentiate your instruction to reach children of varying literacy readiness levels, both elementary and secondary. You will learn ways to improve your instruction by adopting a growth mindset and will practice strategies such as flexible grouping to enrich your literacy instruction. You will review the English Language Arts Common Core Standards and will explore methods to create differentiated literacy lesson plans to address those standards. You will discuss methods to develop a positive classroom culture. You will review effective methods of both self-assessment and other forms of assessment to guide your differentiation. 

The Domino Effect
Spring 2023 Course Dates: March 27 – April 23, 2023

Graduate Credit 1 semester hour

The Domino Effect online course provides intervention strategies and understanding to those who work with at-risk youth. Course participants will hear first-hand accounts from a mental health expert about supporting students with mental and emotional health concerns. Course participants will also listen to previously incarcerated men and women who speak about their experiences in school and what led them to prison.

Power of Play: Learning, Communicating and Engaging Learners

Spring 2023 Course Dates: March 20 - April 16, 2023

Graduate Credit-1 semester hour

The purpose of this one-credit online 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.

Implicit Bias Training

CEPD also offers two-hour implicit bias workshops that guides participants in tuning into the elements of their own culture, after which they will be exposed to their own implicit bias and guided down a path of recognizing the implications of those biases. As part of this training, participants develop an action plan to mitigate the implicit biases that we all have. Don't hesitate to contact Chuck Sengstock (chuck.sengstock@drake.edu) if you are interested in more information or would like to schedule this training for your agency.

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