Wichita State's College of Applied Studies offers Professional Learning Courses (PLC) for educators looking to learn new skills and earn continuing education credit. These are for-credit graduate-level courses.

Enrollment Information

Students will complete a Wichita State Non-Degree B Graduate Application and enroll on the first day of the course.

If you want to complete the application and enrollment prior to attendance, please contact WSU PLC/MBT Coordinators at cas.dean@wichita.edu.

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered at each of the designated WSU partnering districts and some are available to individuals outside of the designated district. To determine the availability of a course, please see the intended audience listed for each course. Please note, out of district attendees may pay a small fee for attendance in addition to the WSU credit hour charges.

Summer 2021 Courses

Candidates choosing to earn WSU graduate credit for their completion of professional development courses in their district will enroll in the market based tuition course designated for their district. Due to the specialized nature and timing of this program, participants will be enrolled in the 2-week pre-session following the completion of their professional development (PD) work unless otherwise noted. For instance, candidates completing Haysville PD May 15- July 31, 2021, will be enrolled in CAS 750D Effective Instructional Practices III during the August 2021 Fall Pre-session (August 2-7, 2021).

Haysville Learning Center

Haysville Learning Center

Professional Learning Opportunities

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered at Haysville Learning Center and are available to individuals outside of USD 261. Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance. In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. Please contact the Haysville Learning Center Director for more information:

Penny Schuckman
Learning Center Director
150 Stewart, Haysville, KS 67060
(316) 554-2331
pschuckman@usd261.com
usd261.com/LearningCenter

Out of District attendees are welcome to attend these sessions.  There is a $50 fee for a half-day session and a $100 fee for a full day session.  These charges are in addition to the $60 per credit hour for the Wichita State Graduate credit(s).  One graduate credit requires attendance in two full day sessions or four half-day sessions.

Enrollment for the completion of these professional development sessions will occur in CAS 750D Effective Instructional Practices III, August 2021 Fall Pre-session (August 2-7, 2021)

 COURSE LISTINGS Summer 2021

Summer Tech Camp 2021 - It's the journey...Not the destination!

Week one: June 15-17

AM Session: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

PM Session: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, Out of District: $50 per class & $5 off each additional session.

Registration:  Go to https://www.usd261.com/LearningCenter/index.php and choose Summer Tech Camp Week 1

Registration Deadline:  June 8, 2020

 

Summer Tech Camp 2021 - It's the journey...Not the destination!

Week two:  June 22 - 24

AM Session: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

PM Session: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, Out of District: $50 per class & $5 off each additional session.

Registration:  Go to https://www.usd261.com/LearningCenter/index.php and choose Summer Tech Camp Week 2

Registration Deadline:  June 8, 2020

 

*Early Childhood Love & Logic (Amy Bedient) June 2, 2021 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

With this multimedia training curriculum, teachers and/or parents of teeny, tiny kids will learn how to:

  • Show their tots that whining & arguing doesn’t pay
  • Put an end to misbehavior in public
  • Smooth-out mornings and bedtimes
  • Calm sibling bickering and battling
  • Take the battle out of meal times, tooth brushing, bathing, etc.
  • Make potty training fun
  • Teach respect, responsibility and selfdiscipline
  • And much, much more!

There's great news! When teachers and/or parents start Love and Logic early in their children's lives, they dramatically up the odds that the teenage years will be fun… instead of frantic. They also create kids who’ll begin school ready to learn.

*Love & Logic In The classroom (Amy Bedient) June 3, 2021 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

This workshop will provide low stress strategies for highly successful educators! Participants will get solutions that work right now to:

  • Help end student arguing and back talk
  • Guide kids to own and solve their problems
  • Build positive relationships with challenging students
  • Raise test scores
  • Prevent problems and save teaching time

*WebKIDSS Training (Angie Estelle) June 7 & 8, 2021

WebKIDSS is a data management system developed by Kansas Educators for Kansas Educators. The program is designed to allow agencies to create an IEP format and supporting documents, provide that to providers, customize data collection, and generate the state MIS and other reports including information for program evaluation. Users are able to access their caseload from any internet connected device. Easy export of data to State MIS System.

*This Is Grief (Jodi Grover) June 8, 2021

Grief is the natural reaction to loss. It includes feelings, thoughts, and behaviors when a loss has occurred. Grief can result after an array of losses beyond death (Ex: Life post‐pandemic) and collective grief is a loss event shared by a group or community. The emotions surrounding grief can catch us off guard and if not fully faced and swept under the rug, can grow to be a bigger issue that comes around at unexpected times and in crippling ways. When we dismiss grief, we are also dismissing life. When we think that we are separate from grief, or - rather, that our grief needs to be separate from us, we perpetuate suffering around this multilayered emotional experience. 

*Youth Mental Health First Aid (Ella Baccus) June 21, 2021 (VIRTUAL)

With one in five youth experiencing mental health and substance use problems, but less than one third of thenm accessing treatment, early intervention and support of young people experiencing emotional and substance use challenges is critical. Youth Mental Health First Aid © USA is an 8-hour in-person training program - like traditional First Aid or CPR - designed to give participants the skills to help adolescents age 12-18 who are developing a mental health proplem or experiencing an emotional crisis. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to warning signs and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling - rather, they learn to support a youth in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

*Therapy Dogs In The Classroom (Don & Brenda Gamble) July 12, 2021

This workshop will focus on how to train a therapy dog to pass the certification test, classroom uses for a therapy dog, and other general dog care and training. The first half of the day will be spent on general dog knowledge, basic training and classroom and school uses for a therapy dog. The afternoon will focus specifically on preparation for passing a therapy dog exam for the purpose of certification. All of the steps of a therapy dog test will be discussed and demonstrated. There will be visual aids on how to read dog body language, some discussions of the “legalities” of having a therapy dog in your school as well as plenty of time for Q and A. All attendees should leave with a full understanding of the therapy dog exam and a sound foundation for the training it takes to pass the exam. They should also have multiple ideas about how to use a therapy dog effectively in a school setting.

*Create Your Own Project-Based Learning Lessons (Amber Marshall) July 13, 2021

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is not a one size fits all type of lesson. The more unique they are to your students, the better engagement you will have. In this workshop, we will go over the basics of designing fun and powerful PBL lessons. You will be provided with a guide for design thinking as well as resources for each step of the PBL process. This will be a make it/take it type of workshop, so you will want to bring your standards or specific units that you can use to create a project-based learning experience for your students. There will be plenty of work time and collaboration with the hope that you will have a few lessons ready to go as well as a better understanding and ability to create more PBL experiences for your students in the future.

*Google Certification Bootcamp Level 1 (Amber Dougan) July 14, 2021

During this workshop, participants will become more familiar with G Suite and will have the skills necessary to pass the Google Educator Level 1 Certification Exam. We will start with learning how to register for the exam and the preparation materials that Google offers. Then we will go over the format of the exam. Participants will have hands on practice with the skills that are needed to pass the exam. You will leave ready to become a Google Level 1 Certified Educator.

*Google Certification Bootcamp Level 2 (Amber Dougan) July 15, 2021

During this workshop, participants will dive deeper into G Suite and will have the skills necessary to pass the Google Educator Level 2 Certification Exam. We will start with learning how to register for the exam and the preparation materials that Google offers. Then we will go over the format of the exam. Participants will have hands on practice with the skills that are needed to pass the exam. You will leave ready to become a Google Level 2 Certified Educator!

*Elementary Chrome Camp (Multiple Presenters) July 20, 21, & 22, 2021

A variety of session on Google will be offered to help support our 1:1 Chrome Book initiative at the Elementary Level.

*Mentor Training (Penny Schuckman) July 28, 2021

The components of the USD 261 Mentor Program will be shared.  Classroom observation forms will be reviewed.  Effective instructional skills and coaching techniques will be shared and practiced.

Maize, USD 266

Maize, USD 266

Professional Learning Opportunities

OneMa1ze Professional Learning

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered at Maize Learning Center and are available to individuals outside of USD 266. Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance. In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. Please contact the Professional Learning Center Coordinator for more information:

Marcia Hersh
Learning Center Director
(316) 350-2003
mhersh@usd266.com
OneMa1ze Professional Learning Series

Maize Professional Leaning Series website: http://tinyurl.com/266-pls

Enrollment for the completion of these professional development sessions will occur in CAS 750G Effective Instructional Practices VI, August 2021 Fall Pre-session (August 2-7, 2021)

* Due to the specialized nature and timing of this program, participants will be enrolled at the end of the designated point of term and/or semester (August 2-7,2021) as applicable for the professional learning center where the graduate work is being completed. As a result, ALL enrollments are final. 

Summer 2021 Courses Coming Soon 

Location:  USD 266 Educational Outreach Center (unless indicated below)

Credit Hours:  1 credit hour for taking the equivalent of four 3-hour courses (12 contact hours)  

NOTE: The Professional Learning Series is adhering to District and State social distancing guidelines. Face-to-face courses will be converted to remote sessions if it is deemed unsafe to hold them in person. 

Orion Education and Training

Orion Education and Training

Teacher Trek, Orion Education, Online Professional Development

Candidates choosing to earn WSU graduate credit for their completion of professional development courses online through Orion Education will enroll in the market based tuition course designated for that point of term. 

 May 17-June 20, 2021, Orion Education & Training professional development summer session for graduate enrollment in CAS 750P, Effective Teaching and Learning Strategies for PreK-12 Educators IV at Wichita State University. To choose the PD sessions you want to attend for graduate enrollment visit, https://www.orioneducationtraining.org/solo-treks

June 21 - July 25, 2021, Orion Education & Training professional development summer session for graduate enrollment in CAS 750P, Effective Teaching and Learning Strategies for PreK-12 Educators IV at Wichita State University. To choose the PD sessions you want to attend for graduate enrollment visit, https://www.orioneducationtraining.org/solo-treks

Each course is offered as 1 or 2 graduate credit hours unless otherwise noted.  Candidates will pay Orion Education  $60 for a 1 credit-hour course + $60 for the WSU Graduate Credit for a total of $120 and $75 for a 2 credit-hour course + $60 for the WSU Graduate Credit for a total of $195. Candidates will sign up for the WSU graduate credit through their Orion enrollment.  To enroll please go to this link: https://www.orioneducationtraining.org/solo-treks

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered by Orion Education and Wichita State College of Applied Studies. 

Please contact the Orion Professional Learning Coordinator for more information: 

Shannon Fisher
Orion, Online Training and Development Director
(620) 584-3300 (main)
sfisher@orioneducation.org

Teacher Trek Course Descriptions

Information on the Summer 2021 professional Development sessions available: https://www.orioneducationtraining.org/solo-treks

 

Andover USD 385

Andover Professional Development

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered through Andover Public Schools for Andover district teachers and staff. Each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. Please contact the Professional Learning Center Coordinator for more information on how to register for the session and the WSU credit.

Alice Collins
collinsa@usd385.org

Summer 2021 Courses

  • Each 1 credit hour = a total of 45 clock hours (seat hours, reflection, reading, application)
  • Summer 2021 Enrollment for PD completed will be through Wichita State University

Enrollment for the completion of these professional development sessions will occur in CAS 750E Effective Instructional Practices IV, August 2021 Fall Pre-session (August 2-7, 2021).

Course/PD Opportunity

Pathways to Reading

Presenter

Jane Seward  (Jill Lachenmayr)

Dates

5 Days , June 21-25, 2021

Time

8:30-3:30

Location

Andover CAPS

Audience

Andover PK-2 Teachers

Credit Hours

3

Course Description

Pathways to Reading is a five-day training for primary teachers.  The primary focus is to guide teachers in their understanding and application of the five scientifically validated components of the reading process. The training is centered around the knowledge and skills needed by a teacher to teach beginning readers and provide reading instruction that both prevents and remediates reading difficulties.

Course/PD Opportunity

The Power of Moments Book Study

Presenter

Michelle Adler and Stacey Ryan

Dates

July 2-July 30

Time

Flexible- approximately 3 hours per week

Location

Online

Audience

Andover PK-12 Teachers

Credit Hours

1

Course Description

As participants read the book,The Power of Moments, the will discover the power of designing learning experiences and moments that result in long-term impact. In this book study, participants will reflect on their current practice, both personal and professional,  and use ideas and takeaways from the book to create and design intentional moments in their classroom and beyond.This course will include reading the book, exploring ideas and resources, and completing reflective online assignments.

Course/PD Opportunity

eduCrate

Presenter

Rachel Meenen, Stacey Ryan, Michelle Adler, Micah Brown

Dates

June 1-June 30

Time

Flexible- approximately 3 hours per week

Location

Online

Audience

Andover PK-12 Teachers

Credit Hours

1 Grad Credit

Course Description

Participants will receive a personalized professional learning experience delivered in the form of a subscription box. In the subscription box, participants will receive information and resources that fit their learning style and preferences. They will complete the course through a self-paced model with facilitator check-ins and a follow up to the entire course.

Course/PD Opportunity

Professional Learning Workshops

Presenter

Rachel Meenen, Stacey Ryan, Michelle Adler, Micah Brown, Alysia Rich

Dates

06/01-06/04

Time

8:30-11:30 and 12:30-3:30

Location

Andover CAPS

Audience

Andover PK-12 Teachers

Credit Hours

1 Grad Credit per 4 Sessions

Course Description

Participants will pick any four (or more) of the following workshops:

●     Chrome

●     Chromebooks

●     Seesaw

●     What is SEL?

●     Trauma

●     Self-Care

●     Blended Learning in Any Environment

●     Google Workspace

●     SEL/Tech Integration

●     Tech Playground/Classroom Integration

●     Family Engagement

During each session participants will learn about each topic and how to make it work in their classroom. Participants will brainstorm and discuss how they can use the ideas in their classroom and create a plan for application.

Course/PD Opportunity

Grading Smarter Not Harder Book Study

Presenter

Stacey Ryan

Dates

June 6-July 2

Time

Flexible- approximately 3 hours per week

Location

Online

Audience

All PK-12 Teachers welcome; Book is geared to secondary teachers

Credit Hours

1 Grad Credit

Course Description

As participants read the book, Grading Smarter Not Harder, they will gain new and practical ideas and strategies to use in their classroom. During the book study, participants will reflect on their current practice and use ideas and takeaways from the book to make plans for implementing in their own class. This course will include reading the book, exploring ideas and resources, and completing reflective online assignments.

Course/PD Opportunity

eduCrate

Presenter

Stacey Ryan

Dates

July 2-July 30

Time

Flexible- approximately 3 hours per week

Location

Online

Audience

Andover PK-12 Teachers

Credit Hours

1 Grad Credit

Course Description

Participants will receive a personalized professional learning experience delivered in the form of a subscription box. In the subscription box, participants will receive information and resources that fit their learning style and preferences. They will complete the course through a self-paced model with facilitator check-ins and a follow up to the entire course.

 

Renwick School District, USD 267

Renwick School District

Professional Learning Opportunities

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered through Renwick School District and are available to individuals outside of USD 267. Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance. In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. Please contact the Assistant Superintendent for more information:

Kati Thul
Assistant Superintendent
Renwick, USD 267
600 W. Rush, Andale, KS 67001
(316) 444-2165, Ext 2006
kati.thul@usd267.com

No Summer 2021 Professional Development sessions are being offered.

Buhler School District USD 313

Buhler School District

Professional Learning Opportunities

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered through Buhler School District and are available to individuals outside of USD 313. Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance. In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. For more information, please contact:

Mr. Paul Erickson, Ed.D.
Principal, Union Valley
(620) 662-4891
perickson@usd313.org

COURSE LISTINGS Summer 2021 - Coming Soon

Clearwater, USD 264

Clearwater School District Professional Learning Opportunities

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered through Clearwater School District and are available to individuals outside of USD 264. Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance. In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. For more information, please contact:

Mr. Jason Crist
USD 264-Clearwater, K-12 Technology Facilitator
(620) 662-4891
jcrist@usd264.org

Enrollment for the completion of these professional development sessions will occur in CAS 750F Effective Instructional Practices V, August 2021 Fall Pre-session (August 2-7, 2021)

COURSE LISTINGS Summer 2021

Twitter for Teachers

 

Location: Online via Google Classroom

Dates: June 7 - June 27 (Self-Paced) Credits: 1 Credit Hour

Cost: Course Registration = $60 and 1 Credit Hour = $60 ($120 Total)

 

Description: Twitter can be a powerful tool for educators whether you use it to connect with your peers or enhance classroom instruction. Twitter can also be intimidating for first time users who don’t fully understand the language, purpose, and culture that have developed around this social media platform. The class will offer a step-by-step introduction into the world of hashtags and followers that will help beginners Tweet with confidence. Even experienced users can find some tips and tricks that will improve their Twitter experience. Whatever questions you have about education or about how you can be even better at your job, you'll find ideas, resources, and a vibrant network of professionals ready to help you on Twitter. Get connected and discover how Twitter can help you grow your Professional Learning Network and reinvigorate your career!

Games in Your Classroom

Location: Online via Google Classroom

Dates: June 14 - July 4 (Self-Paced) Credits: 1 Credit Hour

Cost: Course Registration = $60 and 1 Credit Hour = $60 ($120 Total)


Description: Games in Your Classroom encourages communication, collaborative learning, information sharing, creative expression, student engagement, and community building. This course guides educators in using and integrating some interactive technology-based games in their classrooms. In conjunction with Google Drive, we will address advanced topics such as the use of GooseChase, Blooket, Factile, GimKit, Kahoot! and more. Not only will we discuss how to use these tools to support collaboration and creativity, but also why.

Getting Started with Google - Gmail, Drive, Chrome and More

 

Location: Online via Google Classroom

Dates: June 21 - July 11 (Self-Paced) Credits: 1 Credit Hour

Cost: Course Registration = $60 and 1 Credit Hour = $60 ($120 Total)


Description: Getting Started with Google encourages communication, collaborative learning, information sharing, creative expression, student engagement, and community building. This course guides educators in using and integrating some basic Google Tools in their classrooms. In conjunction with Google Drive, we will address advanced topics such as the use of Gmail, Google Drive, the Chrome Web Browser and more. Not only will we discuss how to use these tools to support collaboration and creativity, but also why.

Google Creation Tools - Google Earth, YouTube & Google Sites

 

Location: Online via Google Classroom

Dates: June 28 - July 18 (Self-Paced) Credits: 1 Credit Hour

Cost: Course Registration = $60 and 1 Credit Hour = $60 ($120 Total)


Description: Google Creation Tools encourages communication, collaborative learning, information sharing, creative expression, student engagement, and community building. This course guides educators in using and integrating some basic Google Tools in their classrooms. In conjunction with Google Drive, we will address advanced topics such as the use of Google Earth, YouTube, Google Sites and more. Not only will we discuss how to use these tools to support collaboration and creativity, but also why.

Leveraging Phones in the Classroom

 

Location: Online via Google Classroom

Dates: July 5 - July 25 (Self-Paced) Credits: 1 Credit Hour

Cost: Course Registration = $60 and 1 Credit Hour = $60 ($120 Total)


Description: Leveraging Phones in the Classroom encourages communication, collaborative learning, information sharing, creative expression, student engagement, and community building. This course guides educators in using and integrating phone use from both teachers and students in their classrooms. In conjunction with Google Drive, we will address advanced topics such as the use of native iOS and Android apps, mobile Google Apps and other education centered apps. Not only will

we discuss how to use these tools to support collaboration and creativity, but also why.

Wichita State, Corbin Connect

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered through Wichita State College of Applied Studies. Each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. For more information, please contact:

Dr. Deb Hamm
deborah.hamm@wichita.edu

CAS750C Adaptive Schools Seminar

Instructor: Dr. Deb Hamm

Location: Corbin Education Center, Room 156A, Wichita State Main Campus, 1845 Fairmuont

Dates: June 14-18 (8:30 AM-3:30 PM)

Cost: $220.00 ($180.00 for 3 credit hours and $40 Learning Guide (collected on 1st day of class)

Credits: 3

 

Description: In this session, participants will examine high functioning teams and learning communities through the lens of adaptivity. Conditions over the last year have required educators to adapt to different methods for teaching and facilitating learning. It has changed the way that educators work together. This overview will introduce adaptivity and concepts that support all members of the learning community in developing capacities as collaborators, inquirers, and leaders.

Day 1: Professional Community, Becoming Adaptive, Collaborative Conversations

Day 2: Group Member Capabilities, 7 Norms of Collaboration, Skill Development

Day 3: Framing Meetings as Learning Opportunities, Structuring Successful Meetings

Day 4: Sustaining Community, From Workshop to Workplace

 

Fall 2021 Courses

Candidates choosing to earn WSU graduate credit for their completion of professional development courses in their district will enroll in the market based tuition course designated for their district. Due to the specialized nature and timing of this program, participants will be enrolled in the 2-week pre-session following the completion of their professional development (PD) work unless otherwise noted. For instance, candidates completing Haysville PD August1-December 15, 2021, will be enrolled in CAS 750D Effective Instructional Practices III during the January 2022 Pre-session (January 3-8, 2022).

Orion Education

July 26- August 29, 2021 Orion Education & Training professional development Fall pre-session for graduate enrollment in CAS 750S, Effective Teaching and Learning Strategies for PreK-12 Educators VI at Wichita State University

Each course is offered as 1 or 2 graduate credit hours unless otherwise noted.  Candidates will pay Orion Education  $60 for a 1 credit-hour course + $60 for the WSU Graduate Credit for a total of $120 and $75 for a 2 credit-hour course + $60 for the WSU Graduate Credit for a total of $195. Candidates will sign up for the WSU graduate credit through their Orion enrollment.  To enroll please go to this link: https://www.orioneducationtraining.org/

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered by Orion Education and Wichita State College of Applied Studies. 

Please contact the Orion Professional Learning Coordinator for more information:

Shannon Fisher

Orion, Online Training and Development Director

sfisher@orioneducation.org

main   (620) 584-3300

 

Teacher Trek Course Descriptions: https://www.orioneducationtraining.org/solo-treks