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Virginia's PBS TeacherLine Course Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same.
National PBS TeacherLine Course Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same.
These courses have been approved for graduate credit through James Madison University at an additional fee of only $90 per credit hour. James Madison University graduate credit
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These courses have graduate credit available, but not through JMU. graduate credit - not through James Madison University
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Accomplished Science Teaching: Building Student Understanding - 45hr

Accomplished Science Teaching: Guiding Student Learning - 45hr

Accomplished Science Teaching: Letting Science Lead - 45hr

Integrating Technology Into The Middle Science Curriculum - 30hr

K-12 STEM Using NASA Resources (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) - 45hr

Plants and Animals - STEM Professional Development from WGBH - 30hr

Structure of the Earth System - STEM Professional Development from WGBH - 30hr

Teaching Animal Adaptations in the Inquiry-Based Classroom - 15hr*

Teaching Energy and Motion in the Inquiry-Based Classroom - 15hr*

Teaching Reading In Science - 30hr

The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science - Special Collection from Annenberg Learner - 45hr

 

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Integrating Technology Into The Middle Science Curriculum - 30hr

AKSCIE360

The teaching of Science over the past decade has evolved with an emphasis on inquiry skills throughout the curriculum. Through active learning students are engaged in not only mastering important facts, skills and concepts, but in internalizing them so that they can be applied in various contexts. Whereas the Science lab is the center for this kind of hands-on learning, technology offers new and exciting ways to bring Science alive for students. More importantly, technology can accommodate students' different orientations to learning and understanding. Technology and Science are a dynamic combination, and through this course you will explore the strategies, resources and possibilities for middle school teachers to integrate them across the curriculum.

Points/Credit Hours: 30 recertification points (0 graduate credit)

Audience: Middle School Science Teachers

Cost:

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AKSCIE360
WHRO Education Online Professional Development Course
Facilitator: Debbie Rollins
Date/Time: Not currently scheduled locally - If you would like to form a class with a minimum of 12, please send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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K-12 STEM Using NASA Resources (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) - 45hr

AKSTEM400

This course seeks to provide a way to teach mathematics and science in an integrated format that blends technology, engineering, and problem-solving into activities that are engaging but are also aligned with Virginia math, science, and technology standards. Because NASA has already been instrumental in creating STEM lessons, we will focus on their resources. The effective use of instructional technologies that appeal to 21st Century Learners will also be a significant strand for this course. Four STEM lesson plans, each focusing on one of NASA’s Mission Directorates and utilizing different instructional technologies, will be major projects. These include Aeronautics, Science, Exploration, and Space Operations.

Points/Credit Hours: 45 recertification points (0 graduate credit)

Audience: K-12 Math, Science, Technology, and Engineering Teachers

Cost:

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AKSTEM400.114 WHRO Education Online Professional Development Course
Facilitator: Sharon Hurwitz
Date/Time: Mon, 7/10/17 - Sun, 8/20/17 / Any

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Plants and Animals - STEM Professional Development from WGBH - 30hr

SCIE504

"This course will help you refine your students' examination of how both the structures and functions of plants and animals help them meet their needs as living things. You will explore strategies for the use of concept maps, and effective uses of live plants and animals in the classroom. You will learn how to better present to your students the idea that plants are producers, and animals, consumers." 

Note: The content of this topic immersion course is drawn from our full survey course Teaching Elementary Life Science (SCIE500). When planning their professional development, learners should select either the full survey course or choose one or more of the topic immersion component courses.

Points/Credit Hours: 30 recertification points (2 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) graduate credit - not through James Madison University

Audience: Teachers, Grades K-4

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Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
SCIE504 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Not currently scheduled

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Structure of the Earth System - STEM Professional Development from WGBH - 30hr

SCIE564

This course will advance your content knowledge of landform process, data sets and mapping tools. You will improve your instructional strategies around teaching earth and space science concepts. Through videos, discussions, reading assignments, and other interactive activities, you will experience a rich multimedia, inquiry-based learning environment, which you will hopefully feel inspired to replicate for your own students!

Note: The content of this topic immersion course is drawn from our full survey course Teaching Earth and Space Science (SCIE560). When planning their professional development, learners should select either the full survey course or choose one or more of the topic immersion component courses.

Points/Credit Hours: 30 recertification points (2 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) graduate credit - not through James Madison University

Audience: Teachers, Grades 5-12

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
SCIE564 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Not currently scheduled

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Teaching Animal Adaptations in the Inquiry-Based Classroom - 15hr

SCIE611

In this facilitated course, participants will develop a firm understanding of inquiry-based and connected learning approaches to support young children’s understanding of Animal Adaptations, an essential learning standard in the Life Science curriculum of the Next Generation Science Standards for children in early childhood and early elementary grades.

Through this highly collaborative course, you will gain understanding of foundational knowledge and implications for teaching and learning as you read brief, evidence-based descriptions of recommended teaching practices; examine PBS Kids Teaching Tips (detailed lesson plans for integrating informational texts), PBS Kids digital resources, and other high quality educational resources to help teachers put the ideas into practice. Step into Alicia Poulin’s first-grade classroom to see PBS Kids Teaching Tips in action; and listen to this exceptional teacher as she discusses a focal practice and describes her approach to instruction.

Take this course to deepen your knowledge of inquiry as an approach to learning about science and in connected learning as a way to bring together the various resources that are available to classroom teachers as they deepen children’s conceptual understandings and connect their students to each other, to family and community members, and to the world-at-large.

Points/Credit Hours: 15 recertification points (1 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) graduate credit - not through James Madison University

Audience: Teachers, Grades K-2

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
SCIE611.9 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Wed, 6/13/18 - Tue, 7/24/18

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Teaching Energy and Motion in the Inquiry-Based Classroom - 15hr

SCIE621

In this facilitated course, participants will develop a firm understanding of inquiry-based and connected learning approaches to support young children’s understanding of Energy and Motion, an essential learning standard in the Life Science curriculum of the Next Generation Science Standards for children in early childhood and early elementary grades.

Through this highly collaborative course, you will gain understanding of foundational knowledge and implications for teaching and learning as you read brief, evidence-based descriptions of recommended teaching practices; examine PBS Kids Teaching Tips (detailed lesson plans for integrating informational texts), PBS Kids digital resources, and other high quality educational resources to help teachers put the ideas into practice. Step into Alicia Poulin’s first-grade classroom to see PBS Kids Teaching Tips in action; and listen to this exceptional teacher as she discusses a focal practice and describes her approach to instruction.

Take this course to deepen your knowledge of inquiry as an approach to learning about science and in connected learning as a way to bring together the various resources that are available to classroom teachers as they deepen children’s conceptual understandings and connect their students to each other, to family and community members, and to the world-at-large.

Points/Credit Hours: 15 recertification points (1 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) graduate credit - not through James Madison University

Audience: Teachers, Grades K-2

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
SCIE621.9 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time:Wed, 6/13/18 - Tue, 7/24/18

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
SCIE621.10 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time:Wed, 7/18/18 - Tue, 8/28/18

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Teaching Reading In Science - 30hr

RDLA130

Help students unravel the mysteries and complexities of scientific concepts by training them to approach science texts in new ways. Learn effective strategies to help your students arrange ideas, understand text organization, set goals for reading, make meaningful connections, and persevere through challenging materials.

Points/Credit Hours: 30 recertification points (2 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) graduate credit - not through James Madison University

Audience: Reading/Language Arts & Science Teachers, Grades 3-12

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA130 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Not currently scheduled

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The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science -Special Collection from Annenberg Learner - 45hr

SCIE572

Watch students hone their skills as scientific thinkers! Use inquiry-based learning techniques to determine which multimedia resources—Annenberg Learner videos, interactive labs, and more—will best engage your students. In this course, you will build content knowledge as you examine the unique characteristics that make our planet habitable and investigate the effects of human actions on land use, air and water pollution, biodiversity decline, and the extraction of resources. You will also gain essential background for understanding and discussing the nature of Earth systems, including geophysical systems, the atmosphere, the oceans, and natural ecosystems.

Note: This is a facilitated course. Learners submit coursework and participate in asynchronous discussions throughout the course term, and receive graded feedback.

Points/Credit Hours: 45 recertification points (3 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) graduate credit - not through James Madison University

Audience: Teachers, Grades 9-12

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Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
SCIE572 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Not currently scheduled

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Accomplished Science Teaching: Building Student Understanding- 45hr

SCIE602

This course is the first in the Accomplished Science Teaching course series. The courses may be taken individually or as a series. This research-based course draws upon data from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ performance assessment of science teachers. Through this course, learners focus on the evolution of student learning of science concepts. With an understanding of how science concepts build on each other, whether within a unit or grade or across grades, teachers can make well-informed instructional decisions and help students build their own understanding more efficiently. Several ideas in this course will be revisited in more depth in the other courses from the Accomplished Science Teaching series.

Note: This is a facilitated course. Learners submit coursework and participate in asynchronous discussions throughout the course term, and receive graded feedback.

Points/Credit Hours: 45 recertification points (3 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) graduate credit - not through James Madison University

Audience: Teachers, Grades K-12

Cost:


Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
SCIE602 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Not currently scheduled

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Accomplished Science Teaching: Letting Science Lead- 45hr

SCIE607

This course is the second in the Accomplished Science Teaching course series. The courses may be taken individually or as a series. This research-based course draws upon data from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ performance assessment of science teachers. Through this course, learners focus on the evolution of student learning of science concepts. With an understanding of how science concepts build on each other, whether within a unit or grade or across grades, teachers can make well-informed instructional decisions and help students build their own understanding more efficiently. Several ideas in this course will be revisited in more depth in the other courses from the Accomplished Science Teaching series.

Note: This is a facilitated course. Learners submit coursework and participate in asynchronous discussions throughout the course term, and receive graded feedback.

Points/Credit Hours: 45 recertification points (3 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) graduate credit - not through James Madison University

Audience: Teachers, Grades K-12

Cost:


Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
SCIE607 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Not currently scheduled

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Accomplished Science Teaching: Guiding Student Learning- 45hr

SCIE609

This course is the third in the Accomplished Science Teaching course series. The courses may be taken individually or as a series. This research-based course draws upon data from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ performance assessment of science teachers. Through this course, learners focus on the evolution of student learning of science concepts. With an understanding of how science concepts build on each other, whether within a unit or grade or across grades, teachers can make well-informed instructional decisions and help students build their own understanding more efficiently. Several ideas in this course will be revisited in more depth in the other courses from the Accomplished Science Teaching series.

Note: This is a facilitated course. Learners submit coursework and participate in asynchronous discussions throughout the course term, and receive graded feedback.

Points/Credit Hours: 45 recertification points (3 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) graduate credit - not through James Madison University

Audience: Teachers, Grades K-12

Cost:


Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
SCIE609 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Not currently scheduled

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