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Foundations for Teaching and Learning, EDL 900

Instructors: Susan Akre, Jean Lubke & Hope Grover

Topics: Instructional Strategies & Administrative/Leadership
Audiences: Specialist/Counselors & Pre K-12

Tight alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment is essential for student learning. In this course, the various aspects of planning, preparation, and best practices for continuous improvement in student and teacher success are explored. Participants will learn how to use a "SMART" goal-setting framework, the history and implementation of project-based learning, and the crucial role-played by educators in shaping a safe, positive, and encouraging learning environment. Modules included are: 2018 SMART Goals, 2008 Alignment of Standards-Based Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Environment, and 2015 Project Based Learning.

Topics: Smart Goals, Alignment for Standards-Based Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Learning Environment; Project Based Learning

One-credit course expectations:

The learner's participation for one credit will be verified by:

  1. Completing the two categories of written assignments.
    1. At the end of each layer the learner will submit a few well written but concise remarks to address the layer's content.
    2. A one page summary reflection that is written upon completion of all of the modules incorporated in the selected UND course. End of Course Reflective Statement Requirements are provided. The final reflection must be sent as an attachment to the instructor of record at
  2. Checking the time stamp in the module indicating the amount of time the student spent studying the contents of the module.

Two-credit course expectations:

  1. The learner must complete one or more Authentic Practice Sets completing a minimum of 15 hours of additional work, beyond the requirements for the first credit, for a total of at least 30 hours for two credits.
    1. The additional 15 additional hours is focused on preparation of a portfolio exhibit that documents the design, implementation, and appraisal of an Authentic Practice Set applied to the content of the course.

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About Your Instructors

Susan Akre Susan Akre

Susan Akre is the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Coordinator for Deer River Public Schools in Deer River, MN. This role includes district assessment, Title administration, induction programming, curriculum and instruction, staff development and PLC lead, instructional coach, and GATE coordinator.

Akre considers herself to have been extremely fortunate to enjoy over 30 years in the teaching profession encouraging innovative school programming and pursuing excellence. Her Masters of Education is from Hamline University and has helped her develop a limitless passion for inquiry of scientifically based research, data-driven instruction, exemplary pedagogy, and the power of collaborative learning communities. Akre has held various leadership roles at the district, regional, and state levels and is dedicated to student achievement and success. She believes educators save lives!

Jean Lubke Jean Lubke

Jean Lubke, PhD is the Executive Director of the East Metro Integration District in the Twin Cities (MN). Lubke has also held district Curriculum and Instruction Director's positions in Eden Prairie, St. Paul, and Rochester, MN districts. She created and led the corporate training and development department for Imation after it was spun off from 3M. Lubke holds a BS in Elementary Education from Moorhead State University, an MA in Curriculum from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Curriculum Systems and Adult Learning from the University of Minnesota.

Hope Grover Hope Grover

Hope Grover is a true believer of the value of personalized and project based learning. As a teenager she was a guinea pig in the rebirth experiment of a 100 percent personalized and project-based school. At the time, she viewed this school as an exciting alternative to the traditional route of education. Later, as a graduate, advisor/teacher, and trainer of PBL, she realized that this concept had become embedded in how she looked at life and education. Over the years she has taught and or advised in nearly every curriculum area grades five - 12, spent extensive time writing curriculum, and worked with teachers and administrators to either bring new programs into their buildings or get charter schools off the ground.

Grover has spent the last few years working with programs for at-risk students to boost academic achievement and graduation rate.

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