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PEDC 9003 All About CRISS! 
3 Graduate Level or In-service Credits/ 45 Hours Instructor: Jenni Slater February 1-28, June 1-28,  August 1-30, October 1-30
University of the Pacific

Teachers of all areas need to be ready for the huge changes which are taking place in the field of education. New strategies are emerging and more districts are expecting educators to use them in our everyday lessons. Creating Independence through Student owned Strategies, or CRISS. Strategies, are being used in all areas of study to help students build their reading and listening comprehension skills. This course will help you become more familiar with different strategies that will lead your students to be more successful in your classroom. This course is appropriate for all areas of instruction including the Arts, ELA, Social Studies, Math, Science and Foreign Language, K -12.  Common Core State Standards are addressed.


All About CRISS!

How will this course help educators to meet the Common Core Standards?

Educators will learn how to integrate new strategies, across the curriculum, to share in the responsibility of teaching literacy to all students. They will learn how to teach students to show evidence of learning with informational and complex text using academic vocabulary and multiple sources through motivating multi-media experiences based on their individual grade level and subject specialization. Educators will integrate and create relevant classroom resources to meet specific Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics to meet course specific student learning objectives and increase academic success in preparation for college and career readiness.

How will this course benefit my classroom instruction and learning objectives?

Foreign Language and LOTE Teachers

Need new ways to engage your students in learning a foreign language? Teachers will learn how to create motivating experiences where students will work with different strategies which address all the learning styles. Different levels of questioning will be used across the curriculum to help meet the rigor of the CCSS. Teachers will learn how to integrate new strategies in their Foreign Language and LOTE classrooms through a wide variety of experiences to meet the CCSS ELA Standards: Reading, Speaking, Writing, and Listening. This includes creating motivating PowerPoint presentations and lesson plans in addition to a variety of classroom resources to bring back to the classroom. Teachers will also have the opportunity to reflect on their teaching methods in order to increase student achievement.

English and Language Arts

All educators already have a wide variety of strategies which they use in their ELA classrooms. But, are there better methods they have yet to try?  Teachers will learn how to create motivating activities where students will work with different strategies which address all the learning styles. Different levels of questioning will be used across the curriculum to help meet the rigor of the CCSS. Teachers will learn how to integrate new strategies in their ELA classroom through a wide variety of experiences to meet the CCSS ELA Standards: Reading, Speaking, Writing, and Listening. This includes creating motivating PowerPoint presentations and lesson plans in addition to a variety of classroom resources to bring back to the classroom. Teachers will also have the opportunity to reflect on their teaching methods in order to increase student achievement.

Mathematics Teachers

Are the strategies you use in your math classroom benefiting all students? Teachers will practice new strategies which will help them to address all the different learning styles. Different levels of questioning will be used across the curriculum to help meet the rigor of the CCSS. Teachers will learn how to integrate new strategies the PowerPoint presentations and lesson plans in addition to a variety of classroom resources to bring back to the classroom. Teachers will also have the opportunity to reflect on their teaching methods in order to increase student achievement. Educators will learn how to make the material their students learn relate to the real world making it a worthwhile experience for every learner in their classroom.

Science Teachers

Teachers will practice the use of new strategies in science to make connections to informational text that will expose students to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how to think like a scientist. Teachers will use strategies in their science classroom to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary and technical ideas.

Social Studies Teachers

Teachers will practice the use of new strategies in Social Studies to make connections to informational text that will expose students to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn about historical events. Teachers will use strategies in their Social Studies classroom to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary.

The Arts Teachers: Music, Art, Physical Education

Teachers will use new strategies to make connections to informational text that will expose students to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically and bridge topics to all other areas of learning. Teachers will use new strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary.

Special Education Teachers

With a variety of different levels and learning styles, using new strategies can be very valuable for Special Education teachers. Teachers will use the relevant Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics in conjunction with new strategies to create support and related services to students with disabilities that will expose them to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically and bridge topics to all other areas of learning. Teachers will use new strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary the meet the unique needs of the student.

Social Workers, Guidance Counselors, and School Psychologists

Educators will use the relevant Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics in conjunction with new strategies to create support and related services to students that will expose them to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically, solve problems and bridge topics to all other areas of learning. Teachers will use the new strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary the meet the unique needs of the student that will help them for college and career readiness.

Elementary Education Teachers

Teachers will use the relevant Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics in conjunction with new strategies to create experiences for students that will expose them to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically and bridge topics to all other areas of learning. Teachers will use these new strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary the meet the unique needs of the student.

Secondary Education Teachers

Teachers will use the relevant Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics in conjunction with new strategies to expose students to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically and bridge topics to all other areas of learning. Teachers will use these new strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary the meet the unique needs of their classroom.

Media and Technology Specialists

Educators will use the relevant Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics in conjunction with new strategies to expose students to a broad range of genres and multi-media and digital formats.  Educators will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically and bridge topics to all other areas of learning by using technology. Teachers will use new strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary the meet the unique needs of their classroom.

Career and Vocational Specialists

Educators will use the relevant Anchor Standards in ELA and Mathematics in conjunction with new strategies to expose students to a broad range of genres and multi-media formats. Teachers will learn how to create a wide variety of classroom resources including lesson planning and PowerPoint presentations to help students learn how think critically and bridge topics to all other areas of learning. Teachers will use these new strategies to share in the responsibility of facilitating literacy across the curriculum by creating opportunities for students to read, write and answer questions through multiple sources with the focus on academic vocabulary the meet the unique needs of their classroom and succeed in college and career readiness.

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