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Your First Year
Book Study

Learn all the essentials for making your first year of teaching a success! The book is filled with specific examples and vignettes from elementary, middle, and high school classes, so you’ll gain helpful strategies no matter what grade level and subject area you teach. You’ll also find out how to make tweaks or hit the "reset" button when something isn’t going as planned. Things may not always go perfectly your first year, but the practical advice in this book will help you stay motivated on the path to success!

This course is suggested for teachers new to the profession (0-3 years) OR mentors of new teachers. 

Each participant is responsible for attaining a copy of the text prior to starting the book study. 

Link To purchase the text (Amazon)
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Dates Dates: Course is online. Participants have from August 12- December 18, 2018 to complete the requirements in Canvas (online learning system).
Credits Credits: 7.5 CEU/CE
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Closed Enrollment
BOLD School
Book Study
Note: Books studies are available to RCAS employees only. 
Technology is awesome. Teachers are better. Blending new technologies into instruction is a non-negotiable if we are to help our students gain the skills they’ll need to thrive in careers. And so too is educators’ old school wisdom in planning intentional blended learning that works. Bold School is a book that restores teachers to their rightful place in effective instruction. Bold School thinkers embrace Blended pedagogies and Old school wis-dom. Blended learning is demystified and distilled into the powerful, yet simple Bold School Framework for Strategic Blended Learning™—a meth-odology to help you meld purposeful technology use with your old school wisdom to enhance instruction and learning. After all, the goal of blended learning isn’t technology—it’s student achievement. With a Bold School mindset, every teacher is capable of finally delivering on the promise of blended learning. Link to Amazon to purchase the book: https://www.amazon.com/Bold-School-Technologies-Blended-Learning/dp/1328016269/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=bold+school&qid=1566838614&s=gateway&sr=8-1
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Dates Dates: Course is online. Participants have from Sept. 3-Dec. 13 to complete the requirements in Canvas (online learning system).
Credits Credits: 7.5 CEU/CE
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THIS IS is Balanced Literacy
Book Study
Note: Books studies are available to RCAS employees only.
Are you wondering how to strike the right balance with all the components of Wonders Balanced Literacy? If you’re new to the approach or if you’re trying to connect the approach to our new curriculum, this book study will help participants explore and learn how to best implement the balanced literacy approach from leaders in the field, including Douglas Fisher, one of the authors of Wonders Balanced Literacy. This text will show you how to find the right mix of skills and knowledge, reading and writing, small- and whole-group instruction and direct and dialogic instruction so that all students can learn to their maximum potential. This course will be completed in Canvas for Spring 2020, with a face-to-face option during Summer 2020. Come and engage with colleagues across the district and build your understanding of Balanced Literacy! 

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Dates Dates: Course is online. Participants have from January 4 -May 17, 2020 to complete the requirements in Canvas (online learning system).
Credits Credits: 7.5 CEU/CE
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ED 303E
The goal of this course is to provide teachers with historical and current perspectives in “Indian Education”, as well as educational best practices for American Indian children in order to develop cultural enlightenment that is crucial for building mutually respectful relationships with students and their families. This course will blend in Rapid City Area School Title VI initiatives with Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings(OSEU) and Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings. More
Starts Starts: 1/7/2020 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 16
Credits Credits: 3 Undergraduate and 45 CEU/CE
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EDUC 659
Learn practical strategies for reducing job-related stress and guarding against teacher burnout. Participants will discuss sources of stress, learn about creating healthy boundaries, experiment with multiple self-care. The class will be centered around the book 'First Aid for Teacher Burnout: How You Can Find Peace and Success' by Dr. Jenny Rankin (TO BE PURCHASED ON YOUR OWN) The course will incorporate human-centered design, which means we will listen empathetically to each other's experiences. We value the "whole person" of each educator.
Please purchase the text locally or online for around $32.00
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Dates Dates: ONLINE COURSE start and end dates; January 7, 2020-May 7, 2020 Assignment Due Dates will be given by the instructor after registration is complete.
Credits Credits: 1 Graduate Credit, 1 Undergraduate, and 15 CEU/CE
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EDUC 659
Learn practical strategies for reducing job-related stress and guarding against teacher burnout. Participants will discuss sources of stress, learn about creating healthy boundaries, experiment with multiple self-care. The class will be centered around the book 'First Aid for Teacher Burnout: How You Can Find Peace and Success' by Dr. Jenny Rankin (TO BE PURCHASED ON YOUR OWN) The course will incorporate human-centered design, which means we will listen empathetically to each other's experiences. We value the "whole person" of each educator.
Please purchase the text locally or online for around $32.00
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Starts Starts: 1/7/2020 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Credits Credits: 1 Graduate Credit, 1 Undergraduate, and 15 CEU/CE
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EDU546A.5
Participants will be introduced to the 8 Components of Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol which include Lesson Preparation, Building Background, Comprehensible Input, Strategies, Interaction, Practice & Application, Lesson Delivery, Review & Assessment. Within these 8 Components are 30 Features which provide a framework for lesson delivery and outline specific scaffolds to support student learning. This workshop is a hybrid model that includes a face-to-face workshop on June 7th, with self-paced online activities to be completed by June 30th.
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Dates Dates: On-Site at Own School TBD
Credits Credits: 1 Graduate Credit, 1 Undergraduate, and 15 CEU/CE
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ED 592 B83 ST
Participants will read and explore the text Conscious Discipline ® Building Resilient Classrooms to learn and develop seven powers to foster emotional intelligence of adults first, then students. Participants will learn and use the brain state model to understand and change the internal states first, then the behavior, learning skills to counteract stress and trauma that is present in our society and build resiliency in students. More
Starts Starts: 1/23/2020 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 10
Credits Credits: 2 Graduate Credit, 2 Undergraduate, and 30 CEU/CE
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EDUC 359/559
This course is a nature-based early childhood education science class based on Project Learning Tree and Growing Up Wild. Both Project Wild and Project Learning Tree are national programs that comply with district, state, and national standards. Reference their website and manuals if needed. More
Starts Starts: 1/30/2020 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 3
Credits Credits: 1 Graduate Credit, 1 Undergraduate, and 15 CEU/CE
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EDUC 359/559
The Love and Logic Approach has enjoyed decades of success with challenging kids of all types. This class focuses on kids who have experienced trauma, loss or other types of pain. Participants will learn how to extend hope to traumatized kids. More
Starts Starts: 2/18/2020 4:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 10
Credits Credits: 2 Graduate Credit, 2 Undergraduate, and 30 CEU/CE
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