www.stfrancis.edu · College of Education · Regional Educational Academy for Leadership
Practices Leading to High Student Achievement
- Template 2019
- Section TMPL
- 3 Credits
- 12/18/2019 to 07/29/2100
- Modified 07/19/2020
As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership.
This course will allow candidates a multifaceted understanding on how to create lessons that are highly engaging, fundamentally purposeful and deeply reflective which will produce higher academic student achievement and promote increased social emotional growth for all students. All the practices and theories that will be discussed in this course are researched based and classroom tested action that will make for a positive and enriched learning experience in every classroom.
College of Education Mission
The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community, and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.
Candidates will develop high expectations for student achievement.
SERVING THE COMMUNITY
Candidates will become advocates for the development of strong school, community, and family partnerships.
FINDING OUR PROFESSIONAL SELVES
Candidates will strive for excellence in teaching, leadership, and service.
Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE
By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:
- Create learning experiences that meet the needs of diverse learners. (InTASC 1, 2, 3, 5, 8)
- Revise learning experiences using a variety of strategies, resources, and technology. (InTASC 2, 3, 7, 8)
- Identify student behaviors that support a safe, respectful environment. (InTASC 1, 3, 7, 9)
- Develop challenging and rigorous learning experiences. (InTASC 1, 3, 4, 5, 7)
- Formulate feedback to enhance learning. (InTASC 6, 9, 10)
- Create formative assessment to measure student growth.
- Modify and adapt materials and activities to meet the social emotional needs of learners. (InTASC 1, 2, 3, 5, 8)
- Identify reflective professional behaviors that support effective teaching. (InTASC 9, 10)
REQUIRED: Marshall, J. (2016) The Highly Effective Teacher: seven classroom-tested practices that foster student success. ASCD.
Discussions and Reflections
Candidates will respond to weekly discussions and reflection prompts based upon course content.
- Course Outcomes: 1 - 8
- Standards: InTASC 1 - 10
Student Needs Assessment
Candidates will create a student needs assessment that addresses any pertinent information educators need to gather about/from students in order to make instructional decisions to enhance student growth and achievement.
- Course Outcomes: 1, 3, 6
- Standards: InTASC 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9
Enhancing a Lesson with Technology
Candidates will choose a lesson and determine how to enhance instruction and student achievement through the inclusion of technology.
- Course Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 7
- Standards: InTASC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
Enhancing a Lesson with Interactive, Thoughtful Social Emotional Learning
Candidates will select a multimedia presentation that could be incorporated into a learning opportunity to promote interactive, thoughtful, social emotional learning.
- Course Outcomes: 1, 7
- Standards: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8
Instructional Change Document
Candidates will reflect upon the course content/experience and identify how the new knowledge may enhance instructional practices and student growth/achievement.
- Course Outcomes: 8
- Standards: InTASC 9, 10
Policies for the College of Education at University of St. Francis
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- Method of Instruction
- Expectations of Candidates
- Online Courses
- Attendance Policies for Site-Based and Online Courses
- Minimum Standards for Writing
- Computer and Digital Information Literacy Skills
Course Evaluations | Surveys
Information gathered through course evaluations and surveys is an important part of maintaining quality and continuous improvement in courses, and it is the University’s expectation that students will thoughtfully participate in this evaluation process.
Students should use the USF portal as the first resource for guidance and support on items such as student complaints, safety, security and transportation questions, contact information for various USF departments, student support services such as counseling and academic resources. Information on these resources can be found in the For Students section of the USF portal.
A complete listing of university policies and procedures can be found in the University of St. Francis Catalog and Student Handbooks.
Academic integrity requires that all academic work be wholly the product of an identified individual or individuals. Collaboration is only acceptable when it is explicitly acknowledged. Ethical conduct is the obligation of every member of the University community, and breaches of academic integrity constitute serious offenses. Since a lack of integrity hinders the student’s academic development, it cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Violations include but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. See the University of St. Francis Catalog for further clarification and information on grievance procedures.
Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (ADA)
The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). A student who requires special accommodations or arrangements due to a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services. This contact preferably should occur no later than the first week of classes. Early contact before the semester starts is encouraged to allow sufficient time to provide accommodations. Extra time is needed for some types of accommodations such as sign language interpreters or special text formatting. Should a need arrive after the start of a semester; the student is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. Note that accommodations are not retroactive. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.
USF is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs, regardless of the course format. If you have a documented disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a course, complete course requirements, or benefit from the University’s programs or services, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Disability Services is in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and is located on the second floor of the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Library in room L214. Consultations are welcome, please contact the Office of Disability Services for an appointment.
Academic Support Services
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room L214 in the Library (815-740-5060) offers various types of academic services. Online and distance learning students can contact ARC for appropriate resources. ARC serves students who need tutoring in many areas of study including writing and math. Library services include a number of online services and full text databases. Call the Library at 815-740-5041 for additional information. If you need academic-related resources or assistance, please contact the Academic Resource Center.
Notice of Copyright
This course may contain copyrighted materials that are intended to support the learning experiences of students currently enrolled in the course. No student may retain or further disseminate any copyrighted materials, in their entirety or any portion thereof, under penalty of law.
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NOTE: Responses to Canvas’ email-based Report a Problem request system will go to your USF stfrancis.edu email account, NOT your personal email.
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