Recognizing Educational Success and Professional Excellence

Course Desription

This intermediate level continuing education course was developed using the U.S. Department of Education document, A Blueprint for R.E.S.P.E.C.T: Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching. Students today are confronting unprec­edented challenges in their educations and heightened competition in an increasingly knowledge-based, global job market, and teachers have the opportunity to rethink the existing systems that have not been meeting our na­tion’s educational goal and to give their students an array of tools for leading productive and satisfying lives. The purpose of this course is to demonstrate how accomplished, effective teachers guide every student’s learning and how schools can be collaborative and innovative work­places where teachers and leaders have the capacity to improve student outcomes and close achievement gaps. The Blueprint for Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching (RESPECT) framework for parents, students, educators, policymakers, business and community leaders, elected officials, and other partners is discussed as a means to guide the collective efforts to strengthenAmerica’s public education system.

Appraising the Progress of IDEA in Educating Children with Disabilities

Course Description

This brief, intermediate level continuing education course describes the progress that has been made in the education of students with disabilities since the enactment of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, Public Law (P.L.) 94-142 in 1975. This law, along with amendments reflected in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), has been responsible for ensuring the civil rights and providing equal access to education for all children with disabilities. The course outlines IDEA-supported programs and services that, together with IDEA support for research, training, and dissemination, have enabled children with disabilities to achieve at levels that would not have been imagined in previous decades.


Advancing the Well-Being of At-Risk Youth

Course Description

This intermediate level continuing education course is designed to provide strategies for improving the path to self-sufficiency for youth who are at high risk of dropping out of school, engaging in delinquent or criminal behavior, abusing drugs or alcohol, or becoming teenage parents.  The course was developed using information from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and presents a research-based framework for efforts to increase the likelihood that youth at greater risk of negative outcomes will enter a career trajectory and prepare to become well-functioning adults.  The use of evidence-informed interventions to address youths’ resilience and human capital development is discussed as well as tailored solutions grounded in a trusting relationship between youth and program staff that will help move them toward healthy functioning.

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