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EDUC 659
Learn how to build self-compassion to lead a more rewarding personal and professional life. Through course readings and asynchronous online discussion forums, participants will explore and discuss being kinder to ourselves, judging ourselves less, and embracing our imperfect selves as part of an imperfect world. Participants will also explore the benefits of self-compassion in the classroom. In a world where we’re bombarded with the drive to always be above average and have high self-esteem, self-compassion helps us change destructive emotional patterns and thrive Required Text: Self Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. (Obtain on your own) More
Dates Dates: June-August 2022
Credits Credits: 3 Undergraduate, 3 Graduate Credit, and 45 CEU/CE
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EDUC 659
Learn how focusing your talents and energies can help you not only survive but thrive as a teacher until retirement. Learn why setting boundaries and preserving your mental and physical health can improve your performance in the classroom and beyond. In this class you will delve into the data, define what you want in your career and how to focus your energy to achieve those goals, determine which boundaries will make you a stronger and more effective teacher, and discuss why focusing on teacher wellbeing is the first step in creating stronger, more productive schools. The course will incorporate human-centered design, which means we will listen/respond empathetically to each other’s experiences. We value the “whole person” of each educator. Required Text: ‘The Teacher’s Guide to Saying NO’ By Paul Murphy (Obtain on your own) More
Dates Dates: June-August 2022
Credits Credits: 1 Graduate Credit, 1 Undergraduate, and 15 CEU/CE
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Culturize
Book Study
Eradicate Average! CULTURIZE Your Classrom. Average classrooms don't inspire greatness--and greatness is what our world needs if we are going to produce world-changing learners. In Culturize, learn what it takes to cultivate a community of learners who embody the innately human traits our world desperately needs, such as kindness, honesty, and compassion. The stories in this text reveal how these "soft skills" can be honed while meeting and exceeding academic standards of twenty-first-century learning. You'll learn... • How to reach those who seem unreachable. • What to do when students disengage. • How to ensure your learners feel cared for and empowered. How to create an environment where all learners are challenged and inspired to be their best. Due to the online nature of this course, participants are able to complete it in a time frame that works for them and their schedule as long as all components of course are completed by December….. Upon completing all of the requirements, each participant will receive a certificate for 10 contact hours. Each participant is responsible for attaining a copy of the text prior to starting the book study. More
Dates Dates: Course is online. Participants have from September 11-December 11 to complete the requirements in Canvas (online learning system).
Credits Credits: 10 CEU/CE
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Shifting the Balance
EDUC 659
Are you interested in learning what the “Science of Reading” actually is and isn’t? Wondering how it looks in a real life classroom? In their new book, Jan Burkins and Kari Yates provide a critical opportunity to look closely at reading research and how teachers can reevaluate their current practices and embrace new possibilities to lay a stronger foundation for our readers.
This self-paced book study through Canvas will engage participants in understanding common misconceptions around literacy practices and creating lessons that integrate evidence-based resources and practices into their daily instruction. Target audience is K-2, but open to all elementary levels.
Participants are responsible for the purchase of the book.

*Instructor Fee Waived for RCAS staff.
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Dates Dates: September 11, 2022-December 22, 2022
Credits Credits: 1 Graduate Credit and 15 CEU/CE
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Strategies in Behavioral Leadership
EDUC 659
How do you respond to difficult behavior? What are ways to prevent students from acting out in the first place? The path to success requires behavioral leadership, in which teachers strategically model and affirm the behaviors they want to see in students. This course will concentrate on the preventative ways K-12 teachers can focus on procedures and strategies to foster positive, prosocial student behavior to support learning. Also, learn how to respond to negative behaviors in non punitive ways so that you can ensure school days are as calm, engaging, and educational as they possibly can be.
 This is a flexible timeline course through Canvas. Modules will be staggered throughout the semester. Participation will have flexibility to determine when they complete the learning during the time frame for each module.
*Instructor Fee Waived for RCAS staff.
Participants are responsible for the purchase of the book.
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Dates Dates: September 11, 2022- December 22, 2022
Credits Credits: 1 Graduate Credit and 15 CEU/CE
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EDUC 659
Children learn best through play! Sing, dance, play, and create with local music educators in Black Hills Area Orff Schulwerk Association. Through the processes and teachings of Carl Orff, you will learn how to create music lessons that are engaging, impactful, creative, and FUN! Join us and our national presenter this year as we tap into the playful side of education for amazing results in your classroom. *Membership in the Black Hills American Orff Schulwerk Association is required for participation in this workshop. The dues are $50.00 annually. More
Starts Starts: 9/17/2022 8:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 4
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EDUC 659
Learn how to conquer stress, fatigue, and recurring illness through the mPowered Method created by veteran teacher Lesley Moffat. Discover how mindfulness, meals, movement, and music can help you overcome job-related stress and chronic illness. Tune in to how your decisions regarding diet, exercise, sleep, and relaxation affect how you feel, and create action plans for making small changes which can impact your life in big ways. Moffat’s SNaP Strategies will help you Start Now and Progress through the 6 Stages of Personal Change. Create a personalized plan to help you overcome the obstacles which are preventing you from showing up to your classroom as your best possible self. Required Text: ‘I Love My Job but It’s Killing Me: The Teacher’s Guide to Conquering Chronic Stress and Sickness’ By Lesley Moffat (Obtain on your own) More
Dates Dates: ONLINE from 9/24/2022-12/1/2022
Credits Credits: 1 Graduate Credit, 1 Undergraduate, and 15 CEU/CE
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EDUC 659
Project-based learning (PBL) is an instructional approach designed for students to be empowered to develop knowledge and skills through engaging projects connected to the real world. When students have authentic learning experiences, we help prepare them fo the real-world. This is more than just having students do projects. PBL units make learning more meaningful to the students which increases engagement and motivation. Participants in this course will create a PBL Unit for their classroom/subject. The learning in this course is structured to be applicable to any content area or grade level. This course is structured the same as the 2-day RCAS PBL course. If you have already participated in the RCAS 2-day PBL course, you are welcome to attend again to further your knowledge. *Instructor Fee Waived (for RCAS Staff only) More
Dates Dates: Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, and Nov. 9, 2022
Credits Credits: 1 Graduate Credit, 1 Undergraduate, and 15 CEU/CE
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