Online professional development courses
These courses are self-guided, autonomous, and asynchronous. There are no discussion boards, presenter to ask questions, or anyone actively monitoring your progress. The courses are designed to take up to four hours to complete. It is up to you to go through the material, complete the assignments, and take whatever you can from these courses! Everyone has a different combination of content, context, and student needs that will determine what you take away from these courses. Upon completion of all requirements, you will be able to download a certificate that certifies your completion of the professional development.
Applying Real-World Data in the Classroom with CEDR is an online professional development course with the purpose of providing middle and high school teachers with the skills and knowledge to utilize data sets from the Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource (CEDR) in their classrooms. CEDR is the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) electronic database comprised of health studies of DOE contract workers and environmental studies of areas surrounding DOE facilities. The data are free to use in your classroom! The lesson plan provided in the course integrates math, biology, American history, and English while using health data from actual workers in Oak Ridge, TN to teach the standards.
Developing Your Students’ Data Literacy Skills is an online professional development with the purpose of supporting and equipping teachers of middle and high school students. The purpose of this course is to help you identify and incorporate opportunities for your students to practice and hone their data skills. Collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data are key scientific practices that also translate easily into the real world. This course offers methods of data incorporation, outside of actual investigations, that can be utilized quickly and consistently.
Incorporating Inquiry into Your Classroom is an online professional development with the purpose of supporting and equipping teachers to be able to provide authentic exploration to their students. The purpose of this course is to help you incorporate inquiry into your classroom without rewriting your entire curriculum.