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STUDENT SUCCESS CERTIFICATES
After many years of workshops and other activities, we have proposed that flex activities be transformed from individual independent workshops each year to activities that fit within 5 or 6 certificate programs in order to institutionalize our efforts in the Basic Skills Initiative.
Currently there are two certificates available. We hope to add one certificate a year. The certificates consist of 12 hours of activities. Usually there will be 3 core courses (3 hours each) and 3 electives (2.5 hours each). The instructor will chose one of the three electives. There are also blog entries required. These entrees or comments are short descriptions of the classroom application of new activities learned in the courses. Therefore, they should not be written until activities have been attempted in the classroom. The courses or workshops are not information dense. Rather they are skill-building focused. The authors of the workshops subscribe to the idea that teaching is a skill and must be demonstrated and practiced to develop expertise. The workshops start teachers on this path.
The first certificate is the Student Success BASIC Certificate.pdf. Its purpose is to give teachers an overall feel for the principles and techniques involved in Learner-Centered Instruction. The activities are:
Learner-Centered Instruction (3 Hours)
Cooperative Learning (3 Hours)
Critical Thinking (3 Hours)
Learner Goal Setting (2.5 Hours)
Enhancing Learner Persistence (2.5 Hours)
Project-Based Learning (2.5 Hours)
2 Blogs (15 Minutes Each)
The second certificate is the Assessment Certificate .pdf. It's overall purpose is to develop regular and systematic formative assessments in the classroom to respond to be informed about how students are learning.
Classroom Assessment Techniques (3 Hours)
Conducting Classroom Research (3 Hours)
Incorporating Rubrics into Instruction (2.5 Hours)
Test-Taking Skills (2.5 Hours)
Classroom Reflection Through Peer Coaching(2.5 Hours)
2 Blog Entries (15 Minutes each)
2 Blog Responses (15 minutes each)