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.

 

Fall 2019 Courses

WSU Main Campus

CI 751AZ - Improving Classroom Management
                    
CRN:
 17463                         
Graduate
Credits: 1            
Dates: November 16, 2019          
Time: 9:00AM - 12:00 Noon

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $140
Location: WSU Main Campus - Corbin Education Center Room 159       
Instructor: Justin Kasel

This course will provide both aspiring and veteran teachers with a tool kit of classroom management structures and techniques that they can pull from to create a positive learning environment where learning can take place.

CI 751CW - Increasing Student Engagement

CRN: 17464                         
Graduate
Credits: 1            
Dates: November 16, 2019          
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $140
Location: WSU Main Campus - Corbin Education Center Room 159       
Instructor: Justin Kasel

Teachers who use engaging instructional techniques have proven time and time again to be more successful that their peers. The goal of this course is to provide both aspiring and veteran teachers with a tool kit of total participation and engagement Techniques that they can pull from to create a positive learning environment. 

WSU South - Harry Street

CI 750 BM - Restorative Practice

CRN: 17543                          
Graduate 
Credits: 1             
Dates: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9           
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $150
Location: WSU South - Harry Street  
Instructor: Dr Jan L. Fox-Peterson

This course provides participants with opportunities to learn the underlying theories, premises, and skills of Restorative Practices. Instruction will be provided on the effects of chronic stress and adverse experiences on the developing brain and on the connection between restorative practices, trauma sensitive care, resiliency, and hope for healing. Participants will have opportunities to engage in hands on experiences with restorative practice techniques such as affective statements, non-violent communication, and facilitating circles in order to improve their effectiveness in teaching and reaching all age learners, regardless of the setting.

Haysville Learning Center

Haysville Learning Center
Professional Learning Opportunities
usd261.com/LearningCenter

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

 

New Teacher Orientation
Instructors:
Multiple Presenters
Dates:
July 30 - August 2 and August 5 - 7, 2019

New staff is trained on Instructional Technology, Literacy First, Instructional Framework, Generating Lesson Plans, Differentiated Instruction, and Capturing Kids Hearts.

SPED New Teacher Training
Instructor:
Angie Estelle
Date:
August 29

New SPED staff covers IEP requirements and the WebKids system for documentation.

CPR & AED Certification
Instructor:
Beth Schutte
Date:
September 4 

Would you be prepared to help a student or staff member until emergency help arrived in the case of a medical emergency? This training will help you do just that and possibly save a life! At the end of the session you will have a 2 year certification for Adult, Child, and Infant CPR through the American Heart Association and be confident in using the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).

Mandt Initial Training
Instructor:
Sandra Beck
Dates:
September 5 - 6 and October 2 - 3, 2019

The Mandt System is a comprehensive, integrated approach to preventing, de-escalating, and if necessary, intervening when the behavior of an individual poses a threat of harm to themselves and/or others. The focus of The Mandt System is on building healthy relationships between all the stakeholders in human service settings in order to facilitate the development of an organizational culture that provides the emotional, psychological, and physical safety needed in order to teach new behaviors to replace the behaviors that are labeled “challenging”.

PowerSchool Admin Training
Instructor:
Keven McDonald
Dates:
September 11, 2019

PowerSchool is the number one method to help staff and students know what is going on in school. Not only can you look up class lists, you can email teachers, contact parents, and know the ins and outs of using PowerSchool. Short cuts in life make life easier. That is what this training will do. It will give you the tricks and tips to get the info out of the system that you need. This training will help you on a daily basis! Not only at work – but also at home if you need to get the information before the following day.

Grant Writing USA
Instructor:
Janet Darling
Dates:
September 17 - 18, 2019

Participants will learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.  This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines. 

iTech Academy
Instructor:
Lisa Cundiff 
Dates:
9/19, 9/26, 10/24, 11/21

This workshop will focus on preparing our staff for the 1:1 Chromebook and Google initiative our district is undertaking.

Classified Leadership Academy
Instructors:
Multiple Presenters
Dates:
9/24, 10/22, 11/19

Leadership knowledge and skills are imperative at all levels of the district and community.  This academy will equip you with the tools you need to be a Classified Leader in your district! 

Mandt Recertification
Instructor:
Sandra Beck
Dates:
9/19, 9/26, 10/11, 10/25, 11/14, 12/13

The Mandt System is a comprehensive, integrated approach to preventing, de-escalating, and if necessary, intervening when the behavior of an individual poses a threat of harm to themselves and/or others. The focus of The Mandt System is on building healthy relationships between all the stakeholders in human service settings in order to facilitate the development of an organizational culture that provides the emotional, psychological, and physical safety needed in order to teach new behaviors to replace the behaviors that are labeled “challenging”.

Google G Suite
Instructor:
Lisa Cundiff
Date:
October 2, 2019

Learn the basics of logging into G Suite and using its variety of tools including Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms. Tips and tricks for Google Gmail, Calendar and Contacts will also be covered. This class will provide a good foundation or refresher before diving deeper or into Google Classroom.

Helping Young People Learn Self Regulation
Instructor:
Brad Chapin
Date:
October 4, 2019

Self-Regulation includes a set of insights and skills students need for academic success, emotional control and healthy social interaction. Helping young people improve their Self-Regulation skills can help them to better handle anger issues, anxieties, impulsiveness, academic challenges, classroom behavior issues, self-esteem struggles, social troubles and more. The presenter will provide recommendations and strategies that you will be able to use with all students, and in particular with students who have behavioral and/or emotional self-control issues. The content of this seminar is consistent with the principles underlying the RTI/MTSS and Positive Behavior Supports movements. In this seminar you will learn how to apply step-by-step strategies/activities to teach young people how to increase Self-Regulation including: Cooling the Flame, My Warning Signs, Melting Freeze, You Can’t Make Me Laugh, Free Emotional Expression, Challenge Software Program, Defiance Trap.

Simple Strength
Instructor:
Brad Johnson
Date:
October 9, 2019

The participants will learn a variety of techniques to improve their physical and mental health. The techniques were chosen by the presenter because they are self-directed, simple to learn and can all be executed anywhere. The presenter will introduce his progressive strength training program that requires minimal to no equipment and can be adapted to anyone, cutting edge stretching techniques, relaxation strategies and more. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and will be actively involved (although they will never be asked to do anything that they are not comfortable with). Interspersed throughout the training, the presenter will perform a variety of olde-time strongman feats that were selected to reinforce and give visual cues to help participants remember important concepts. This workshop is offered in cooperation with Haysville Healthy Habits.

Literacy First New Staff Training
Instructors:
District Learning Facilitators
Dates:
October 22, 29, November 7, 13, 2019

The major components of Literacy First will be covered including Academic Learning Time, Anatomy of a Lesson, Activating Prior Knowledge, Teacher Input, Student Active Participation, and Identifying Student Success. 

Creating Safe Spaces For LGBTQ Youth
Instructors:
Liz Hamor & Daniel English
Date:
October 30, 2019

Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth in School is a training designed for K-12 educators to explore how to create a safe, inclusive environment for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. During this highly interactive training participants will engage in activities that will help them come away with a better understanding of:
• Definitions and relevant terminology to assist with communication about this topic
• How to be a better ally to LGBT students
• How to ensure your classroom and/or school is safe for LGBT students
• Data about the issues LGBTQ Youth face

The Creative Classroom
Instuctor:
Heather Seachris
Date: 
November 6, 2019

Problem solving, critical thinking and creativity are three skills in high demand for the leaders of the next generation. These traits are often overlooked and not taught in public schools. In this class we will explore ways to add creative options to what we already teach. We will discuss learning styles and the differences in right and left-brain learners, so we can teach to the whole class. You will leave with a better understanding of yourself and your students as well as how to be more creative individuals.

Maize Educational Outreach Center

Maize School District
Professional Learning Series
OneMa1ze Professional Learning Series

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered at USD 266 Educational Outreach Center (unless otherwise indicated on the schedule) 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 Maize School District Professional Learning Series Coordinator for more information:

Marcia Hersh
Learning Center Coordinator
Educational Outreach Center   
201 S. Park, Maize, KS 67101
316-350-2003
mhersh@usd266.com 
OneMa1ze Professional Learning Series

 

Student Support Specialist – Instructional Technology
Instructor: 
Marcia Hersh & others
Date:
Saturdays, September 30 - December 13, 2019
Location: USD 266 Educational Opportunity Center 

266 Elementary Resource Carnival
Instructor: 
Laura Wheeler
Date: 
October 10, 2019 
Location: VES Room 117

This course is a show and tell of several key subscription web applications for student learning. Introductions include DreamBox, Reflex Math, BookFlix, BrainPop/Jr, AIMSweb Reports and more. Participants will get an overview of each and will have hands-on exploration time.

An Overview of Dyslexia
Instructor: 
Mandy Cundy
Date: 
November 5, 2019  
Location: USD 266 Educational Opportunity Center 

For many years school personnel were told that they could not diagnose or state that a student had Dyslexia.  Instead, school personnel and school psychologists would talk around the “D” word and use statements such as, “Tommy has a specific learning disability within the area of basic reading skills due to processing deficits with phonological awareness, rapid naming, and processing speed”.  This inability to speak the same language as outside psychologists and parents really put schools at a severe disadvantage.  Even with current legislation and current information, there are still misconceptions about Dyslexia within the school system.  With the state of Kansas moving towards legislation geared towards Dyslexia, it is important now more than ever for teachers to be knowledgeable about Dyslexia.  This presentation is a broad, introductory overview of Dyslexia.  It will cover definitions, characteristics, assessment and identification, updates on the legislative taskforce, and interventions.

Apps for an Enhanced Classroom Experience
Instructor: 
Daniel Dick
Date: 
November 5, 2019  
Location: USD 266 Educational Opportunity Center  

Participants will leave with a toolbox of apps to be used on a Chromebook or web browser. These apps will help to engage students in an increasingly technological world. Some of this course will be an introduction to Google Classroom and we will discuss how different apps could be used in a classroom.

Creating an Assessment Capable Learner: Applying the Research of John Hattie
Instructor: 
Callie Harrison
Date: 
October 28, 2019    
Location: MES Room 203

Do you want to know how to get 2-3 years’ worth of growth in your classroom in one year? In this course, you will learn to apply John Hattie's research about best practice to your classroom instruction. Creating assessment capable learner has one of the highest impacts on student achievement.

ESGI
Instructor: 
Christy Paul
Date: 
October 14, 2019    
Location: VES Room 133

This class is for teachers who want to expand their knowledge of ESGI. Participants will explore, copy and create tests, learn how to import clipart into tests, learn about the different reports and parent letters, as well as organize tests and subject tabs.

Get Your Teach On!
Instructor:
Bailey Johanson/Tara Mitchell     
Date: 
October 15, 2019 
Location: MCE Library

Need a teacher pick-me-up? Looking for some of the most current RESEARCH BASED STRATEGIES that will light your classroom on fire? Join us for a morning of fun as we share what we learned at Get Your Teach On. You will spend the morning with us where we will share our tips, tricks, best practices, and teacher secrets to building a successful, ENGAGING, & RIGOROUS classroom. You will leave feeling EMPOWERED, motivated, and prepared to create dynamic lessons that will challenge your students and leave them hungry for more!

Giving Students Voice
Instructor:
Marcia Hersh     
Date: 
December 12, 2019   
Location: USD 266 Educational Opportunity Center  

In the age of laptops, devices, and smart phones, people are communicating more than ever. As a teacher, how much time do you spend talking vs. writing? Yet, what do we expect our students to spend more time doing? This session will introduce you to several ways to give your students “voice”, utilizing apps like FlipGrid, Voki, and more that will meet ELA speaking and listening standards at all grade levels.

Google Classroom: Easy & Fun!
Instructor:
Beth Janssen         
Date: 
October 16, 2019 
Location: MHS C31

This course is for teachers new to Google Classroom. We will take a tour of the environment, work on setting up courses, adding announcements, questions and assignments and having fun!

Outdoor Education with Kansas WILD Classroom Curriculum
Instructor:
Heidi Albin       
Date: 
10/15, 10/22    
Location: CHSM

Kansas WILD is to outdoor education what FFA is to agricultural education. Gain access to resources from curriculum to fishing poles, and from camping equipment to canoes! Experience several curriculum-based activities that get your students outside. Learn how to form a WILD club at your school or just implement more engaging outdoor activities into your teaching.  This is appropriate for any age level, and can be implemented in many different courses.

Publisher Palooza
Instructor:
Kelly Bailey & Diane Schmelzer       
Date: 
October 21, 2019
Location: MSE Media Center

This course will focus on learning the basics of Microsoft Publisher so you can begin creating eye catching activities for your students. You will create a classroom newsletter template and one activity that you can take back and use with your students. Join us for an evening of fun! We are here to help you troubleshoot/learn about the possibilities Publisher can bring to your classroom. Bring your laptop and all of your brilliant ideas!!!

Rubric Grading with a Growth Mindset
Instructor:
Jennifer Wedman & Daniel Dick      
Date: 
11/12, 11/19    
Location: USD 266 Educational Opportunity Center 

This course will focus on the reasons to change to a rubric grading system in order to promote growth mindset among students. Learn about the research behind this assessment practice, receive a growth mindset grading rubric, and get practice using that rubric in this course.

What Great Teachers Do Differently
Instructor:
Nils Gabrielson      
Date: 
November 17, 2019    
Location: PWS

Great teachers make a great difference. Explore some of the strategies for being a great teacher. Participants will view and discuss presentations by Dr. Todd Whitaker, and leave with strategies that can be implemented the next day.

Awesome Books with Musical Hooks
Instructor:
Christina Swedberg          
Date: 
11/12, 12/10  
Location: USD 266 Educational Opportunity Center 

This class is for K-3 teachers who want to integrate music with literature lessons. Objectives include adding music, instruments, poetry, and songs to books as well as helping students create their own musical stories. Teachers will align language arts and music standards while developing lessons that they can take back to their classroom.

Strategies to Promote Visible Learning
Instructor:
Megan Fowler 
Date: 
10/23, 11/6 
Location: USD 266 Educational Opportunity Center 

Participants will learn and practice utilizing strategies to promote visible learning in their classrooms.  This will be a blended course where participants learn about, practice, and plan to incorporate strategies in the evening sessions and then apply strategies and reflect outside of class. 

Conscious Discipline Online Book Study 
Instructor:
Mandy Glasse       
Date: 
10/11 - 12/16
Location: Online

Participants will actively engage in a book study involving the book Conscious Discipline: Building Resilient Classrooms by Dr. Becky A. Bailey. Participants will learn key components of Conscious Discipline including the Brain State Model and School Family. Teachers will also identify, develop, and implement strategies to support students through safety, connection, and problem solving.

Help for Billy Online Book Study
Instructor:
Karen LaMunyon
Date: 
10/14 - 12/6 
Location: Online

We will be exploring research on creating a trauma sensitive classroom through an online book study, Help for Billy, by Heather Forbes ISBN: 978-0977704095. The book takes a walk through the science on how trauma impacts the brain and why traditional methods of discipline do not impact these students. We will then go on to learn research based strategies that will help these challenging students in the classroom.

Lunchmeat & Life Lessons Online Book Study
Instructor:
Shelli Brown
Date:
 9/30 - 12/4 
Location: Online

Join in this online book study that focuses on social/emotional learning: Great advice for creating relationships in the classroom and in life!

As butcher John Bichelmeyer used to say, "Remember to put the `comeback sauce' on everyone you meet."

Stop Talking, Start Influencing
Instructor:
Joel Burgeson
Date: 
Thursdays, October 17 - November 21, 2019
Location: MSHS Library

Join your colleagues for a structured discussion of brain science applied to teaching in the new book Stop Talking, Start Influencing, by Jared Cooney Horvath PhD MEd (978-1925335903). The author uses his experience in teaching and neuroscience to provide dozens of practical tips for the classroom. You're certain to gain powerful ideas for your students. In this 12-hour course, you will meet 3 of the four sessions, with 6 hours reading on your own.