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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. This course will be available June 6 through July 29.
Participants are responsible for the purchase of the book.

*Instructor Fee Waived for RCAS staff. If you are not RCAS staff and would like to take this Course please contact Kristina VanZee @ kristina.vanzee@k12.sd.us and she will help with registration.
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Dates Dates: June 1- July 29 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 self-paced book study through Canvas. This course will be available June 6 through July 29. 
*Instructor Fee Waived for RCAS staff. If you are not RCAS staff and would like to take this Course please contact Kristina VanZee @ kristina.vanzee@k12.sd.us and she will help with registration.
Participants are responsible for the purchase of the book.
ONLINE ONLY
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Dates Dates: June 1- July 29 2022
Credits Credits: 1 Graduate Credit and 15 CEU/CE
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Student Learning Communities: A Springboard for academic and Social-Emotional Development
Book Study
Student learning communities (SLCs) are more than just a different way of doing group work. Like the professional learning communities they resemble, SLCs provide students with a structured way to solve problems, share insight, and help one another continually develop new skills and expertise. With the right planning and support, dynamic collaborative learning can thrive everywhere. In this book, educators Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Almarode explain how to create and sustain student learning communities.
Examples from face-to-face and virtual K–12 classrooms help to illustrate what SLCs are, and teacher voices testify to what they can achieve. No more hoping the group work you're assigning will be good enough—or that collaboration will be its own reward. No more crossing your fingers for productive outcomes or struggling to keep order, assess individual student contributions, and ensure fairness. Student Learning Communities shows you how to equip your students with what they need to learn in a way that is truly collective, makes them smarter together than they would be alone, creates a more positive classroom culture, and enables continuous academic and social-emotional growth.

*Note: Book Study is free to RCAS employees, if you are not a RCAS employee and would like to take this book study for CEU's please contact Kristina VanZee @ kristina.vanzee@k12.sd.us and she can help you get registered. There will be a $50 instructor fee. 
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Dates Dates: Book Study via Canvas
Credits Credits: 10 CEU/CE
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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
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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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EDUC 359/559
Sick of bland blocks of text on your Canvas pages? This entry-level course will explore how to use the Canvas Rich Content Editor to create engaging pages, instructions, and discussion entries. To start, we will review visual design principles and how to embed documents, videos, and links. After this, we will explore the fundamentals of HTML and iframes. Finally, we will touch on quick and powerful embeddable tools such as Wakelet and ThingLink.

*Instructor Fee Waived for RCAS staff. If you are not RCAS staff and would like to take this Course please contact Kristina VanZee @ kristina.vanzee@k12.sd.us and she will help with registration.
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Dates Dates: June-July 2022
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