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513A – Academic Language Development in Action! Part A (Focus on Vocabulary)

Course ID 513A
LAUSD Course Number: #NA-05-49
Grade Level: K-6
Start Date: 10/13/17
Duration: 5 Weeks / 135 Hours

 

Course Description:

Teachers sharpen their instructional strategies in the crucial area of academic language development. Participants analyze and reflect on unedited ELD lesson videos filmed in classrooms just like theirs.

*This course is a prerequisite to Academic Language Development in Action Part B (Strategies for Expanding Students’ Language).

Additional DescriptionMore Details

All Teachstar Online Academy courses offer optional CEUs, Graduate Education Units, Professional Development Credit or Salary Point Credits (LAUSD teachers only).

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

3 Salary Points
Participants are automatically enrolled through the LZ (Learning Zone) and receive LAUSD Salary Points. A participant may opt out of receiving salary points during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units (3 Semester Units)
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)
Participants are given the opportunity to register with UCLA during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

Price: $200.00

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513B – Academic Language Development in Action! Part B* (Strategies for Expanding Students’ Language)

Course ID 513B* (Prerequisite to this course is 513A)
LAUSD Course Number: #NA-06-21
Grade Level: K-6
Start Date: 10/13/17
Duration: 5 Weeks / 135 Hours

 

Course Description:

Teachers continue to refine their instructional strategies and develop tools to implement in the crucial area of academic language development. Participants analyze and reflect on unedited ELD lesson videos filmed in classrooms just like theirs.

*Prerequisite: Academic Language Development in Action Part A (Focus on Vocabulary).

Additional DescriptionMore Details

All Teachstar Online Academy courses offer optional CEUs, Graduate Education Units, Professional Development Credit or Salary Point Credits (LAUSD teachers only).

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

3 Salary Points
Participants are automatically enrolled through the LZ (Learning Zone) and receive LAUSD Salary Points. A participant may opt out of receiving salary points during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units (3 Semester Units)
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)
Participants are given the opportunity to register with UCLA during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

Price: $200.00

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550 – Verification Process for Special Settings – English: Tier I

NOTE: Please confirm with your district HR/Personnel representative to make sure that you meet the VPSS Guidelines before registering for VPSS courses!

Course ID 550
Registration Deadline: 1/19/18 @ 5 p.m. PST
Start Date: 1/26/18
Duration: 5 Weeks

 

Course Description:

This course is designed to assist secondary teachers who are teaching multiple subjects in special settings to meet NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher requirements. The online class is facilitated with an instructor over five weeks to build their content knowledge and repertoire of effective instructional strategies to enable students to meet secondary level content standards.

To ensure the acquisition of the rigor of reading/language arts and its conventions, participants will develop an understanding of writing genres, language and linguistics, the elements of a short story, narrative writing, literature and textual analysis, persuasive and expository text; writing for communications media, figurative language, and response to literature. Participants will apply their learning by writing a comprehensive, standards-based English/Language Arts lesson plan.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)

During the 2nd week of your course, you may apply for UCLA Extension Credits through UCLA Extension. You must apply, either by mail or by phone, for the UCLA Extension Credits before the end date of your online course. If you choose to apply for credits after the end date of you will be charged a late fee. You have up to six months after the end date of your courses to apply for these credits. You will send your payment directly to UCLA Extension. Please note, that there will be no refunds from UCLA Extension if you change your mind. You must complete and pass the course to receive the credits.

Price: $400.00

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551 – Verification Process for Special Settings – English: Tier II

NOTE: Please confirm with your district HR/Personnel representative to make sure that you meet the VPSS Guidelines before registering for VPSS courses!

Course ID 551
Registration Deadline: 12/1/17 @ 5 p.m. PST
Start Date: 12/8/17
Duration: 5 Weeks

 

Course Description:

This course is designed to assist secondary teachers who are teaching multiple subjects in special settings to meet NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher requirements. The online class is facilitated with an instructor over five weeks  to build their content knowledge and repertoire of effective instructional strategies to enable students to meet secondary level content standards.

To ensure the acquisition of the rigor of reading/language arts and its conventions, participants will develop an understanding of writing genres, language and linguistics, the elements of a short story, narrative writing, literature and textual analysis, persuasive and expository text; writing for communications media, figurative language, and response to literature. Participants will apply their learning by writing a comprehensive, standards-based English/Language Arts lesson plan.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)

During the 2nd week of your course, you may apply for UCLA Extension Credits through UCLA Extension. You must apply, either by mail or by phone, for the UCLA Extension Credits before the end date of your online course. If you choose to apply for credits after the end date of you will be charged a late fee. You have up to six months after the end date of your courses to apply for these credits. You will send your payment directly to UCLA Extension. Please note, that there will be no refunds from UCLA Extension if you change your mind. You must complete and pass the course to receive the credits.

Price: $400.00

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552 – Verification Process for Special Settings – Math: Tier I

NOTE: Please confirm with your district HR/Personnel representative to make sure that you meet the VPSS Guidelines before registering for VPSS courses!

Course ID 552
Registration Deadline: 1/19/18 @ 5 p.m. PST
Start Date: 1/26/18
Duration: 5 Weeks

 

Course Description:

This VPSS online course guides teachers through five weeks of professional development. The course provides teachers with:

  • Access to mentor teachers through interactive, moderated coursework
  • Anytime, anywhere instruction and learning
  • Access to a wide range of resources
  • Multimedia enhanced content
  • Opportunity to earn Graduate and CEU credits, and professional development hours

The class meets for five weeks of online instruction. Participants build their content knowledge and repertoire of effective instructional strategies to enable students to meet secondary level content standards. During the course, students will develop their understanding in the math domains: Statistics, Data Analysis, Probability, Geometry and Algebra. The class includes direct instruction and hands-on applications through a virtual format. Interactions with participants and instructor are included in Discussion Board topics and Portfolio submissions. Participants will apply their learning by writing comprehensive standards-based math lesson plans.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)

During the 2nd week of your course, you may apply for UCLA Extension Credits through UCLA Extension. You must apply, either by mail or by phone, for the UCLA Extension Credits before the end date of your online course. If you choose to apply for credits after the end date of you will be charged a late fee. You have up to six months after the end date of your courses to apply for these credits. You will send your payment directly to UCLA Extension. Please note, that there will be no refunds from UCLA Extension if you change your mind. You must complete and pass the course to receive the credits.

Price: $400.00

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553 – Verification Process for Special Settings – Math: Tier II

NOTE: Please confirm with your district HR/Personnel representative to make sure that you meet the VPSS Guidelines before registering for VPSS courses!

Course ID 553
Registration Deadline: 12/1/17 @ 5 p.m. PST
Start Date: 12/8/17
Duration: 5 Weeks

 

Course Description:

This Tier II course is designed to assist secondary teachers who are teaching multiple subjects in special setting Mathematics to meet NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher requirements. The online class is facilitated with an instructor over five weeks to build on the foundation of their content knowledge and repertoire of effective instructional strategies from Tier I. This course better enables students to meet secondary level content standards. Participants in the Tier II online professional development will demonstrate deeper conceptual knowledge of subject matter.

To ensure the acquisition of the rigor of mathematics, students will deepen their understanding in the math domains: Statistics, Data Analysis, Probability, Geometry/Trigonometry and Algebra II. The class includes direct instruction and hands-on applications through a virtual format. Interactions with participants and instructor are included in Discussion Board topics and Portfolio submissions. Participants will apply their learning by writing comprehensive standards-based math lesson plans.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)

During the 2nd week of your course, you may apply for UCLA Extension Credits through UCLA Extension. You must apply, either by mail or by phone, for the UCLA Extension Credits before the end date of your online course. If you choose to apply for credits after the end date of you will be charged a late fee. You have up to six months after the end date of your courses to apply for these credits. You will send your payment directly to UCLA Extension. Please note, that there will be no refunds from UCLA Extension if you change your mind. You must complete and pass the course to receive the credits.

Price: $400.00

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554 – Verification Process for Special Settings – Science: Tier I

NOTE: Please confirm with your district HR/Personnel representative to make sure that you meet the VPSS Guidelines before registering for VPSS courses!

Course ID 554
Registration Deadline: 1/19/18 @ 5 p.m. PST
Start Date: 1/26/18
Duration: 5 Weeks

 

Course Description:

This Verification Process for Special Settings (VPSS) in Science online course aligns with the State academic content standards, student achievement standards and State assessments. Through this professional development, participants will demonstrate an understanding of the subject matter in the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Rev.2002)

To ensure the acquisition of the rigor of science and its application, participants will develop an understanding of astronomy, geodynamics, Earth resources, ecology, waves, forces, motion, electricity and magnetism, as well as an introduction to the structure and properties of matter and how elements are formed. Participants will apply their learning by writing a comprehensive, standards-based science lesson plan and an expository essay. Upon completion of this course, participants will be skilled and knowledgeable to proceed onto VPSS Science: Tier II professional development.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)

During the 2nd week of your course, you may apply for UCLA Extension Credits through UCLA Extension. You must apply, either by mail or by phone, for the UCLA Extension Credits before the end date of your online course. If you choose to apply for credits after the end date of you will be charged a late fee. You have up to six months after the end date of your courses to apply for these credits. You will send your payment directly to UCLA Extension. Please note, that there will be no refunds from UCLA Extension if you change your mind. You must complete and pass the course to receive the credits.

Price: $400.00

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555 – Verification Process for Special Settings – Science: Tier II

NOTE: Please confirm with your district HR/Personnel representative to make sure that you meet the VPSS Guidelines before registering for VPSS courses!

Course ID 555
Registration Deadline: 12/1/17 @ 5 p.m. PST
Start Date: 12/8/17
Duration: 5 Weeks

 

Course Description:

This Verification Process for Special Settings (VPSS) in Science is a five week online course. It aligns with the State academic content standards, student achievement standards and State assessments. Through this professional development, participants will demonstrate an understanding of the subject matter in the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.

To ensure the acquisition of the rigor of science and its application, participants will develop an understanding of: genetics and evolution, molecular biology and biochemistry, cell and organismal biology, heat transfer and thermodynamics, structure and properties of matter. Participants will apply their learning by participating in conceptual Discussion Board activities and by writing comprehensive, standards-based science lesson plans. Upon successful completion, participants receive a Certificate of Completion for VPSS Tier II Science.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)

During the 2nd week of your course, you may apply for UCLA Extension Credits through UCLA Extension. You must apply, either by mail or by phone, for the UCLA Extension Credits before the end date of your online course. If you choose to apply for credits after the end date of you will be charged a late fee. You have up to six months after the end date of your courses to apply for these credits. You will send your payment directly to UCLA Extension. Please note, that there will be no refunds from UCLA Extension if you change your mind. You must complete and pass the course to receive the credits.

Price: $400.00

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556 – Verification Process for Special Settings – Social Studies: Tier I

NOTE: Please confirm with your district HR/Personnel representative to make sure that you meet the VPSS Guidelines before registering for VPSS courses!

Course ID 556
Registration Deadline: 1/19/18 @ 5 p.m. PST
Start Date: 1/26/18
Duration: 5 Weeks

 

Course Description:

This Verification Process for Special Settings (VPSS) in Social Studies is a five week online course. Professional development in history and social science will be aligned with and directly related to State academic content standards, student academic achievement standards, and State assessments. Through the professional development, participants will demonstrate an understanding of the subject matter contained in the History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools (1998) as outlined in the History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools (2001) from an advanced standpoint. To ensure that participants have the prerequisite knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to succeed in Level II professional development, Level I will focus on fundamental themes of history and geography. Level I will study the periods of U.S. History with a global perspective of how world events also shaped U.S. History.

World History: Participants will be introduced to global events in World History while studying American History in depth. This will include studying the impact of human interaction with the physical environment and the fundamental role geography played in human development and exploration. They will analyze the emergence of developed economies and the influence the economy had on people, politics, and the expansion of empires. In Tier I, Participants will demonstrate a basic understanding of religion and its influences on society and trends of movement.

Civics, U.S. History: Participants will demonstrate that they have knowledge of the principles of both civics and American democracy and they can analyze how those principles are put into practice in American politics and government. Participants will describe and analyze the social, political, and economic developments of the American people. They will be able to compare and contrast the different geographic areas of the U.S. and the effect of geography on the economy, politics, and social structures. Participants will analyze primary and secondary sources of U.S. history using an awareness of multiple historical and geographical perspectives. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the causes and consequences of significant wars, social, and religious movements.

Economics: Participants will demonstrate the ability to explore issues that feature both theoretical and applied economics, and a knowledge of the principles of economics, in relation to the United States economy.

Geography: Participants will demonstrate that they have knowledge of the five basic themes of geography: location; place; human and environmental interaction; movement; and regions. Participants will demonstrate that they have basic map and globe skills, such as latitude/longitude, relative location, distance/direction, scale, legend, map projections, and distortion categories to describe and analyze the world from a geographic perspective.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)

During the 2nd week of your course, you may apply for UCLA Extension Credits through UCLA Extension. You must apply, either by mail or by phone, for the UCLA Extension Credits before the end date of your online course. If you choose to apply for credits after the end date of you will be charged a late fee. You have up to six months after the end date of your courses to apply for these credits. You will send your payment directly to UCLA Extension. Please note, that there will be no refunds from UCLA Extension if you change your mind. You must complete and pass the course to receive the credits.

Price: $400.00

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557 – Verification Process for Special Settings – Social Studies: Tier II

NOTE: Please confirm with your district HR/Personnel representative to make sure that you meet the VPSS Guidelines before registering for VPSS courses!

Course ID 557
Registration Deadline: 12/1/17 @ 5 p.m. PST
Start Date: 12/8/17
Duration: 5 Weeks

 

Course Description:

This Verification Process for Special Settings (VPSS) in Social Studies is a five week online course. Professional development in history and social science will be aligned with and directly related to State academic content standards, student academic achievement standards, and State assessments. Through the professional development, participants will demonstrate an understanding of the subject matter contained in the History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools (1998) as outlined in the History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools from an advanced standpoint. Level II will study periods of World History from ancient civilizations to present time. Threads of economics will be embedded within each week’s course of study.

World History: Participants will analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of World Civilizations found in the History-Social Science Content Standards. This will include analyzing the impact of human interaction with the physical environment and the fundamental role geography played in human development. Participants will be able to compare and contrast the political philosophies of Eastern and Western Civilizations. They will analyze the emergence of developed economies and the influence the economy had on people, politics, and the expansion of empires. Participants will demonstrate a basic understanding of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, and have an ability to compare and contrast the basic tenets of the five major world religions. Participants will analyze the social structures of each civilization looking at religious, political, and social hierarchies.

Economics: Participants will explore issues that feature both theoretical and applied economics. Principles of economics, applications, and consequences of these will be studied. Participants will demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts and terms used in global economics.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)

During the 2nd week of your course, you may apply for UCLA Extension Credits through UCLA Extension. You must apply, either by mail or by phone, for the UCLA Extension Credits before the end date of your online course. If you choose to apply for credits after the end date of you will be charged a late fee. You have up to six months after the end date of your courses to apply for these credits. You will send your payment directly to UCLA Extension. Please note, that there will be no refunds from UCLA Extension if you change your mind. You must complete and pass the course to receive the credits.

Price: $400.00

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571 – California Common Core State Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice (K-12)

Course ID 571
LAUSD Course Number: NA-13-28
Grade Level: K-12
Start Date: 10/13/17
Duration: 6 Weeks / 135 Hours

 

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the Common Core State Standards which are rigorous, research-based standards designed to prepare the students of California and the rest of the country with the knowledge and skills for college and the workforce. They are internationally benchmarked to ensure that students will be globally competitive. They form a clear and consistent educational framework that defines what students should understand and be able to do in their study of mathematics.

This course looks at the Common Core through the lens of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. The mathematics discussed include, the use of number lines throughout the standards, a close look at Number and Operations in K-5, Expressions and Equations in Middle School and Building Functions in High School. The course takes participants through an example of mathematical modeling and introduces them to assessment consortium for the Common Core.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

All Teachstar Online Academy courses offer optional CEUs, Graduate Education Units, Professional Development Credit or Salary Point Credits (LAUSD teachers only).

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

3 Salary Points
Participants are automatically enrolled through the LZ (Learning Zone) and receive LAUSD Salary Points. A participant may opt out of receiving salary points during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units (3 Semester Units)
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)
Participants are given the opportunity to register with UCLA during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

Price: $200.00

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572 – California Common Core Standards and Depth of Knowledge: Mathematics

Course ID 572
LAUSD Course Number: NA-13-30
Grade Level: K-12
Start Date: 10/13/17
Duration: 6 Weeks / 135 Hours

 

Course Description:

Participants will examine and consider how Depth of Knowledge (DOK) can be understood and applied in K-12 mathematics classrooms to insure that instruction occurs with the required rigor. Participants will understand Norman Webb’s four DOK levels, how they grow in cognitive complexity and how these levels differ from and add to Bloom’s Taxonomy. Participants will learn about the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium and how it is developing an assessment system based on the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the DOK levels of complexity. Participants will learn new strategies through video examples, in-depth readings, and activities to help them apply their learning to their own classroom and begin to integrate the DOK levels and the CCSS standards into their practice.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

All Teachstar Online Academy courses offer optional CEUs, Graduate Education Units, Professional Development Credit or Salary Point Credits (LAUSD teachers only).

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

3 Salary Points
Participants are automatically enrolled through the LZ (Learning Zone) and receive LAUSD Salary Points. A participant may opt out of receiving salary points during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units (3 Semester Units)
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)
Participants are given the opportunity to register with UCLA during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

Price: $200.00

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581 – California Common Core Standards for Reading Informational Text (K-5)

Course ID 581
LAUSD Course Number: NA-05-72
Grade Level: K-5
Start Date: 10/13/17
Duration: 5 Weeks / 135 Hours

 

Course Description:

Participants will examine and consider how to begin transitioning to California’s Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS for ELA) for K-5 Reading Standards for Informational Text. The goal of the CCSS is that all students will be college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school. This course provides an opportunity for participants to carefully examine the CCSS for Reading Informational Text. Participants will learn new strategies through video examples, in-depth readings, and interactive activities that will help them apply their learning to their own classrooms and transition to the new standards.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

All Teachstar Online Academy courses offer optional CEUs, Graduate Education Units, Professional Development Credit or Salary Point Credits (LAUSD teachers only).

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

3 Salary Points
Participants are automatically enrolled through the LZ (Learning Zone) and receive LAUSD Salary Points. A participant may opt out of receiving salary points during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units (3 Semester Units)
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)
Participants are given the opportunity to register with UCLA during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

Price: $200.00

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582 – California Common Core Standards for Reading Informational Text (6-12)

Course ID 582
LAUSD Course Number: NA-05-73
Grade Level: 6-12
Start Date: 10/13/17
Duration: 5 Weeks / 135 Hours

 

Course Description:

Participants will examine and consider how to begin transitioning to California’s Common Core State Reading Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS for ELA) & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. The goal of the CCSS is that all students will be college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school. This course provides an opportunity for participants to carefully examine the CCSS for Reading Informational Text at their grade level or content area. They will learn new strategies through video examples, in-depth readings, and activities that will help them apply their learning to their own classroom and transition to the new standards.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

All Teachstar Online Academy courses offer optional CEUs, Graduate Education Units, Professional Development Credit or Salary Point Credits (LAUSD teachers only).

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

3 Salary Points
Participants are automatically enrolled through the LZ (Learning Zone) and receive LAUSD Salary Points. A participant may opt out of receiving salary points during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units (3 Semester Units)
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)
Participants are given the opportunity to register with UCLA during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

Price: $200.00

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583 – California Common Core Depth of Knowledge: English Language Arts

Course ID 583
LAUSD Course Number: NA-05-78
Grade Level: K-12
Start Date: 10/13/17
Duration: 5 Weeks / 135 Hours

 

Course Description:

Participants will examine and consider how Depth of Knowledge offers a common language to understand “rigor,” or cognitive demand, in assessments, as well as curricular units, lessons, and tasks. Participants will learn about the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium and how it is developing an assessment system based on the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the DOK levels of complexity. They will understand that these components will provide student data throughout the academic year to inform instruction, guide interventions, help target professional development and ensure an accurate measure of each student’s progress toward career- and college-readiness. Participants will understand how Webb’s four DOK levels grow in cognitive complexity and provide educators with a lens to enable them to create more cognitively engaging and challenging tasks. Participants will learn new strategies through video examples, in-depth readings, and activities to help them apply their learning to their own classroom and begin to integrate the DOK levels and the CCSS standards into their practice.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

All Teachstar Online Academy courses offer optional CEUs, Graduate Education Units, Professional Development Credit or Salary Point Credits (LAUSD teachers only).

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

3 Salary Points
Participants are automatically enrolled through the LZ (Learning Zone) and receive LAUSD Salary Points. A participant may opt out of receiving salary points during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit

4.5 Quarter Units (3 Semester Units)
$250 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)
Participants are given the opportunity to register with UCLA during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

Price: $200.00

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600 – Introduction to Evidence-based Suicide Prevention Programs for Teachers

Course ID 600
Grade Level: K-12
Duration: 4 Hours

Course Description:

Participants will examine and consider current trends and issues of youth suicide, bullying, cyberbullying, and non-suicidal self-injury behaviors. The goal of this course is to familiarize teachers with steps to identify warning signs and the risk factors of self-injurious and suicidal youth, procedures for referral, working with school mental health professionals, and how to implement suicide prevention strategies in the classroom.

Participants will gain insight on how to identify and protect suicidal and self-injurious youths, how to proceed when at-risk youths have been identified, and how to work with school site crisis teams in suicide prevention.

This course was prepared by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL), and funded through the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) through the Region 11 K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI).

The information provided through this course should be used strictly for educational and informational research purposes. This course is not intended to endorse any particular program, but rather to provide information and links to school-based programs and research related to student mental health.

NOTE: This no-cost, self-paced course is not eligible for salary points and/or graduate credits.

Please use the “Request Enrollment” button below to request enrollment into the no-cost course(s) of your choice.

Price: $0.00

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601 – Introduction to Evidence-based Suicide Prevention Programs for Administrators

Course ID 601
Grade Level: K-12
Duration: 4 Hours

Course Description:

Participants will examine and consider current trends and issues related to youth suicide, bullying, cyberbullying, and non-suicidal self-injury behaviors. The goal of this course is to familiarize administrators with steps to identify warning signs and the risk factors of self-injurious and suicidal youth, processes for referral and working with school mental health professionals, and how to implement suicide prevention strategies in schools.

Participants will gain insight on how to identify and protect suicidal and self-injurious youths, how to proceed when at-risk youths have been identified, and how to work with school site crisis teams in suicide prevention.

This course was prepared by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL), and funded through the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) through the Region 11 K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI).

The information provided through this course should be used strictly for educational and informational research purposes. This course is not intended to endorse any particular program, but rather to provide information and links to school-based programs and research related to student mental health.

NOTE: This no-cost, self-paced course is not eligible for salary points and/or graduate credits.

Please use the “Request Enrollment” button below to request enrollment into the no-cost course(s) of your choice.

Price: $0.00

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602 – Introduction to Evidence-based Suicide Prevention Programs for School Mental Health Professionals

Course ID 602
Grade Level: K-12
Duration: 4 Hours

Course Description:

Participants will examine and consider current trends and issues related to youth suicide, bullying, cyberbullying, and non-suicidal self-injury behaviors. The goal of this course is to familiarize school mental health professionals and nurses with steps to identify warning signs and risk factors of self-injurious and suicidal youth, their roles in a school site crisis team, how to work with teachers and administrators, and how to implement suicide prevention strategies in the schools.

Participants will gain insight on ways to identify and protect suicidal and self-injurious youths, how to proceed when at-risk youths have been identified, and how to work with school site crisis teams in suicide prevention.

This course was prepared by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL), and funded through the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) through the Region 11 K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI).

The information provided through this course should be used strictly for educational and informational research purposes. This course is not intended to endorse any particular program, but rather to provide information and links to school-based programs and research related to student mental health.

NOTE: This no-cost, self-paced course is not eligible for salary points and/or graduate credits.

Please use the “Request Enrollment” button below to request enrollment into the no-cost course(s) of your choice.

Price: $0.00

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610 – Introduction to Evidence-based Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) Prevention Programs for Educators

Course ID 610
Grade Level: K-12
Duration: 2 Hours

Course Description:

Participants will examine and gain knowledge of current trends and issues related to non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). The goal of this course is to familiarize teachers, administrators, and school mental health professionals and nurses with non-suicidal self-injury among students.

School staff and mental health professionals will become familiar with steps to identify warning signs and risk factors of self-injurious behavior, when and how to intervene with students who are at-risk, and their roles in a school site crisis team.

This course was prepared by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL), and funded through the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) through the Region 11 K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI).

The information provided through this course should be used strictly for educational and informational research purposes. This course is not intended to endorse any particular program, but rather to provide information and links to school-based programs and research related to student mental health.

NOTE: This no-cost, self-paced course is not eligible for salary points and/or graduate credits.

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620 – Introduction to Evidence-based Cyberbullying Prevention Programs for Educators

Course ID 620
Grade Level: K-12
Duration: 2 Hours

Course Description:

Participants will consider current trends and issues related to cyberbullying by examining scenarios, testimonials, and examples of cyberbullying prevention curriculum.

The goal of this course is to familiarize teachers, administrators, and school mental health professionals with issues of cyberbullying, signs of bullying or being targeted, steps towards intervention and referral after a target has been identified, topics to discuss with students in cyberbullying prevention, and curriculum examples for both classrooms and schools.

This course was prepared by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL), and funded through the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) through the Region 11 K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI).

The information provided through this course should be used strictly for educational and informational research purposes. This course is not intended to endorse any particular program, but rather to provide information and links to school-based programs and research related to student mental health.

NOTE: This no-cost, self-paced course is not eligible for salary points and/or graduate credits.

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630 – Introduction to Evidence-based Bullying Prevention Programs for Educators

Course ID 630
Grade Level: K-12
Duration: 2 Hours

Course Description:

Participants will consider current trends and issues related to bullying by examining scenarios, testimonials, and examples of bullying prevention curriculum.

The goal of this course is to familiarize teachers, administrators, school mental health professionals and nurses with bullying, to recognize indicators of bullying, identify best practices to prevent or respond to bullying and working with the perpetrators and targets of bullying.

This course was prepared by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL), and funded through the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) through the Region 11 K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI).

The information provided through this course should be used strictly for educational and informational research purposes. This course is not intended to endorse any particular program, but rather to provide information and links to school-based programs and research related to student mental health.

NOTE: This no-cost, self-paced course is not eligible for salary points and/or graduate credits.

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640 – Introduction to Evidence-Based Depression Suicide Prevention for Educators

Course ID 640
Grade Level: K-12
Duration: 2 Hours

Course Description:

Participants will examine and understand the three types of depression and different methods for treatment. The goal of this course is to familiarize teachers, administrators, school mental health professionals and nurses with depression among students.

School staff and mental health professionals will become familiar with steps to identify warning signs and risk factors for depression, when and how to intervene with students who are at-risk, and their roles in a school site crisis team.

NOTE: This no-cost, self-paced course is not eligible for salary points and/or graduate credits.

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650 – Model Practices – Working with LGBTQ Students

Course ID 650
Grade Level: K-12
Duration: 2 Hours

Course Description:

Participants will become familiar with working with students who identify themselves as LGBTQ. Topics will include terminology with which LGBTQ students may associate themselves, as well as learning about common experiences in the components of identity development.

Participants will also understand ways to create safe and supportive school environments, as well as review the laws that protect LGBTQ youth.

The information provide through this course should be used strictly for educational and informational research purposes. This course is not intended to endorse any particular program, but rather to provide information and links to school-based programs and research related to student mental health.

This course was prepared by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL), and funded through the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) through the Region 11 K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI).

The information provided through this course should be used strictly for educational and informational research purposes. This course is not intended to endorse any particular program, but rather to provide information and links to school-based programs and research related to student mental health.

NOTE: This no-cost, self-paced course is not eligible for salary points and/or graduate credits.

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TEAL District – Dance Integration in the K-6 Classroom

Grade Level: K-6

Course Description:

Participants will gain a basic understanding of the integration and benefits of dance and movement activities in the elementary classroom. Exploration of three elements of dance (space, time, energy), selected kinesthetic principles, and basic choreography will help educators identify the ways in which dance practices and dance vocabulary can be integrated with other areas of the curriculum. Strategies and activities that integrate dance and movement with other content areas are offered and modeled. Using basic academic language of dance, participants will develop and practice skills in the aesthetic valuing of dance. A walk-through of the California Dance standards, the Common Core Standards, and cross-curricular standards is provided, along with a detailed guide for creating an arts integrated lesson plan. The module includes the “Dancing into Science” integrated lesson planning worksheet.

NOTE: This no-cost, self-paced course is not eligible for salary points and/or graduate credits.

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TEAL District – Introduction to Arts Integration in the K-6 Classroom

Grade Level: K-6

Course Description:

Participants will learn the Kennedy Center definition of arts integration and the universal importance of the arts in our lives, including the classroom and careers. This module explores the ways in which arts integration supports the development and use of the 4Cs and increases access to the curriculum for all students, including English Language Learners. Participants will explore connections between the arts and other content area standards, careers, creativity, principles of learning, DOK, and Bloom’s Taxonomy.

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TEAL District – Introduction to STEAM in the K-6 Classroom

Grade Level: K-6

Course Description:

In this module, participants will gain an understanding of the relationship between STEM and STEAM education, and the critical elements of both. An overview of the process approaches that characterize the building blocks of STEAM is provided, identifying the ways in which practices in the arts, engineering, science, and project-based learning converge. Recommendations for creating Makerspaces are given. A walk-through of the California Visual Arts standards, the Common Core Standards, and the Next Generation Science standards is provided, along with a detailed guide for creating an arts integrated lesson plan. The module includes the “Building Bridges” unit developed by the Downey Unified School District’s STEAM Team and numerous other STEAM sample lessons and activities.

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TEAL District – Media Arts Integration through Digital Storytelling in the K-6 Classroom

Grade Level: K-6

Course Description:

Participants will explore the use of digital storytelling to support K-6 student literacy, beginning with an introduction to the elements of movies and filmmaking, which includes animation, the elements of story and plot, and the principles of basic film production and digital storytelling. Throughout the module are activities and examples that can be used by the participant and applied in the classroom. Ways in which to help students provide critical feedback are suggested, along with sample project timelines to guide the launch of digital storytelling in the classroom. A walkthrough of standards is not included, as during the development of this module, the state of California did not include media arts standards in the Visual and Performing Arts framework.

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TEAL District – Music Integration in the K-6 Classroom

Grade Level: K-6

Course Description:

Participants will gain a basic understanding of the integration and benefits of music activities in the elementary classroom, exploring the elements of music, listening and performing practices, instruments, singing, and music notation and composition. An overview of the developmental stages for children’s vocal abilities is included. Strategies and activities that integrate music with literacy and other content areas are offered and modeled throughout the module. A walk-through of the California Music standards, the Common Core Standards, and cross-curricular standards is provided, along with a detailed guide for creating an arts integrated lesson plan. The module includes the “Scoring Stories: Making Music for Text” integrated lesson planning worksheet.

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TEAL District – Social Emotional Learning in the K-6 Classroom

Grade Level: K-6

Course Description:

The basic elements of social and emotional learning (SEL) as described by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), and the ways in which the visual and performing arts can be utilized in the context of classroom SEL are explored in this module. Program guides and other resources from CASEL are included. Social and emotional learning lessons and activities that correlate with art disciplines are provided in addition to downloadable and online resources for instruction and application. An integrated lesson planning worksheet that incorporates SEL competencies is also available as a download.

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TEAL District – Theatre Integration in the K-6 Classroom

Grade Level: K-6

Course Description:

Participants will gain a basic understanding of the integration and benefits of theatre and creative dramatics in the elementary classroom. Beginning with a focus on “play”, the module guides learners through the tools and practices of actors, including non-verbal communication through pantomime and tableaus as well as verbal communication activities that help students build their “stage voice”. An exploration of storytelling through formal and informal theatre identifies key roles that encourage self-expression, collaboration, and communication as creative drama is integrated with other content areas. A walk-through of the California Theatre Arts standards, the Common Core Standards, and cross-curricular standards is provided, along with a detailed guide for creating an arts integrated lesson plan. The module includes the “Enter Stage Right – We Know You Know” integrated lesson planning worksheet.

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TEAL District – Visual Arts Integration in the K-6 Classroom

Grade Level: K-6

Course Description:

Participants will explore the foundation of the visual arts through the elements of art and principles of design and the use of fundamental art-making techniques and materials. An emphasis on teaching literacy using the visual arts is supported with instructional strategies that include visual thinking strategies, See-Wonder-Think, and Question Formulation Technique. Guidelines are offered for aligning questioning activities with students’ developmental stages. A walk-through of the California Visual Arts standards, the Common Core Standards, and cross-curricular standards is provided, along with a detailed guide for creating an arts integrated lesson plan. The module includes the “What’s Your Angle” art and math integrated lesson planning worksheet.

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