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The Future of Learning

What does it mean to teach, learn, and lead in the 21st Century? This short course helps to reframe the role of students, teachers, curriculum, instruction, and assessment in an ever-changing, complex world.

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Modern Language Learning That Transfers

Empower students to use the acquisition of an additional language to understand themselves and the world, and respond to its complex problems.

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English Language Arts Learning That Transfers – Cohort 2

Empower students to use the knowledge and skills of English Language Arts to make sense of the world and unlock new situations.

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Social Studies Learning That Transfers – Cohort 3

Empower students to use the knowledge and skills of social studies to make sense of the world and unlock new situations.

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Science Learning That Transfers – Cohort 2

Empower students to use the knowledge of science to make sense of the world and unlock new situations.

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Mathematics Learning That Transfers – Cohort 2

Empower students to use the knowledge and skills of mathematics to make sense of the world and unlock new situations.

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Learning That Transfers – Endorsed Educator

Join a group of passionate educators from around the world focused on learning that transfers.

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Leading Conceptual Learning and Transfer – Cohort 3

Effectively lead teachers through the change process to place conceptual learning and transfer at the heart of curriculum and instruction.

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Authentic Assessment of Learning That Transfers

Design a system of feedback about the quality of teaching and learning, including summative and formative assessments of transfer.

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Elementary Learning That Transfers

Empower young students to use concepts and skills to make sense of the world and unlock new situations.

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Physical Education & Health Learning That Transfers

Empower students to use the knowledge and skills of physical education, health, and well-being to make sense of the world and unlock new situations.

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The Inspire Citizens Master Teacher Endorsement Course

Explore and master tools and resources to design transformative learning experiences for students to be inspired global citizens.

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Project-Based Learning Design and Delivery Certificate Course

This immersive and personalized project- based Learning certificate program couples synchronous virtual workshops and coaching, with asynchronous lessons to help participants design or enhance a meaningful, high-quality project-based experience for their learners.

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Project-Based Master Practitioner Course

This mastermind practitioner coaching program, and professional learning community is designed to help learners already familiar with project design, develop and apply the twelve major shifts for effective project based learning implementation to make learning more student centered in their classrooms, and schools.

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Self-Paced Project-Based Learning Design Course

In this self-paced three module course, participants will learn how to design a high-quality project-based experience that infuse standards, ignite learners, and engage the community. They will walk away with a fully developed project ready to launch with learners in the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Bring Your Virtual or In-person Book Clubs to Life [3–12]

Book Clubs can be a game changer for engagement and achievement in G3-G10. They bring authenticity, joy, relevance, and sophistication to any reading classroom.

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Introduction to Writers’ Workshop [K–12]

If you're new to Writers' Workshop or new to a school that uses a Writers' Workshop approach, this weekend workshop is for you. In clear, brief, interactive sessions, you'll learn the foundations behind this powerful mode of literacy instruction and be ready to launch Writers' Workshop in your own virtual or in-person classroom right away.

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Introduction to Readers’ Workshop (K-12)

This course is designed for those just starting out with Readers’ Workshop. You’ll learn the foundations behind this powerful, student-centered mode of reading instruction and leave ready to launch Readers’ Workshop right away in your virtual or in-person setting.

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What Every Learning Leader Should Know When Coaching Teams

Harness the power of collaborative teams and take on the challenges of working with diverse groups of adults.

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Online, School-Based Professional Learning

There is no ‘standard’ or ‘off the shelf’ course for professional learning from DF Education. As DF Education, I have outlined three options for your online school-based professional learning however if your needs are different or you have a better suggestion, I am happy to work with your specific requirements.

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Gamification and Game-Based Learning

Join this course to learn practical, effective, and research-based strategies that leverage the motivational power of games to engage students and enhance student learning. From game-based assessments and content-aligned educational games, to "gamifying" elements of your own curriculum, this course guides teachers through a variety of edtech tools and teaching strategies that can be readily applied in the classroom.

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Creating Screencasts and Instructional Videos

This course is designed to help educators create high quality instructional video to support students in an online or hybrid learning environment. Through a combination of research around instructional video and practical application of researched based ideas, course participants will developed an increased skill and capacity to create instructional video across multiple devices and platforms.

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Keys to Personalize Instruction in Online Courses

Although personalized instruction is increasingly viewed as a cornerstone of effective teaching, there is still much confusion regarding what this actually looks like in practice, particular in online learning environments. In this course, participants will learn the key components of personalized learning, such as differentiation, data-based instruction, competency-based progressions, flexible pathways and student agency. Participants will leave this course with clear, actionable steps to effectively personalize instruction in their online classes.

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Creating Instructional Videos to Support Remote / Hybrid / Online Learning

Instructional video is a critical component of any online, remote or hybrid learning experience. Creating high quality instructional video or screencasts can ensure that students watch, engage with and understand the concepts being presented. Creating high quality instructional video consists of a combination of technical skill through understanding the capacity of the tools and technology. Additionally, understanding key strategies, research and approaches to creation will result in video experiences that will result in desired outcomes.

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Project Based Learning in Online Courses

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students explore real-world problems and challenges over an extended period of time. Applicable across grade levels and content areas, PBL has seen a resurgence in interest as research suggests the approach increases student engagement and leads to deeper learning. In this course, participants will learn the essential design elements of PBL, identify and align student learning goals, construct driving questions to support sustained inquiry, and maximize authenticity. Participants will also explore examples of PBL, identify and create practical assessment frameworks, and reimagine ways to implement PBL in online learning settings.

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Service Learning 301 Coordinator Institute

To address the need for sustainability of service learning programs, participants will know how effective leadership is applied in learning organizations. Participants will know their skills and traits as leaders and be able to align the strategic plan with the development of a service learning framework in an action plan.

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Service Learning 201 Curriculum Integration

Designed for teachers and leaders to understand the why and how of service learning integration into a unit of conceptual inquiry for the development of global citizenship and how to create assessments for learning for agency. Know how to apply service learning in your school context, and how to implement it in teaching and learning.  

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Service Learning 101 Why, What, How?

Designed for teachers to understand the why, what, and how of service learning for agency. Know how to apply service learning in your school context. By gaining an understanding of what service learning is in schools, and how to implement it in teaching and learning. Participants will gain an understanding of Service Learning in schools and how to integrate it in curriculum for improved teaching and learning.

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Student Service Leadership Institute

This online 3 day intensive course includes interactive video, live instruction, group collaboration, and individualized time to work on integrating what you have learned into your school context. Designed specifically for students aspiring to be leaders and support the implementation of service learning both inside and outside of classrooms and schools with community.

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