2012-13 ONLINE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
To access the application, you will need a login ID and pin. If you have never registered for a YU program before, you can create an account where it says, "First time user account creation." After loging in, you will be asked to choose an "Application Type" - choose the certificate program to which you would like to apply.
The YU School Partnership, supported by a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, is pleased to begin accepting applications for the 3rd year of the online certificate programs for Jewish educators.
Each online program lasts 30 weeks and is broken up into 3 courses of 10 weeks each. These programs are taught entirely online and asynchronously with weekly assignments, which can be completed at any time during the week. Our custom learning management system is created to ensure the best possible learning experience for our particpants. Outstanding instructors will provide weekly feedback and practical take-aways to enhance the learning of students in the classroom. Interact with peers from around the country and the world who are committed to their ongoing growth and improving the outcomes for their students.
Upon completion of the course, each participant will receive 7 CEU's for their work, an official transcript and a certificate of completion.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US:
- Ongoing supportive interactions with expert instructors.
- Organized and clear course material.
- Lessons and skills that you can immediately apply in your classroom.
WHAT WE WILL EXPECT FROM YOU:
- Weekly content, which includes readings, videos or research, and assignments will need to be completed within a week of being assigned.
- Ongoing implementation, experimentation and reflection on new techniques in the classroom.
- Approximately 2-3 hours of work a week, including completion of readings and assignments.
- The programs require a high level of commitment and provide a transformative year of learning.
Four Certificate Program Options in 2012-2013
1. DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Our day schools cater to a diversity of students and learning needs. How can teachers meet more student needs more of the time? This course will help teachers master the knowledge, understanding, and skills related to Differentiated Instruction, including planning for, assessing and managing classrooms with diverse students.
- Introduction to Differentiated Instruction
Taught by Melanie Eisen
Participants will study the major thinkers in the field of Differentiated Instruction and explore the purposes behind the tools we explore. The goal of this section is for participants to verbalize the background of DI, the reasons others strive to create this environment in their classrooms, and to articulate their own vision based on the research in the field.
- Creating the Differentiated Classroom
Taught by Pirchie Greenspon
A variety of successful techniques and strategies will be presented and explained as participants begin a journey of reflection of their goals as teachers and the challenges that they face in the classroom. Through interactive discussions and experimentation, each participant will identify his or her own entry point into differentiated instruction and will begin to put these ideas into practice in the classroom. Throughout the course students will design their own differentiated lesson plans which will serve as the foundation for their continued learning
- The DI Tool Box
Taught by Joe Hirsch
Participants will marshall their knowledge of theory and practice to design differentiated products ready for classroom use. This final section offers participants the chance to explore practical applications of differentiated instruction mastered in the two previous sections. Participants will follow an 'action learning' model that will promote a collaborative exchange of ideas between participants who will work in teams to solve real-life classroom challenges through the creation of actual instructional products.
2. EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION (EDTECH) CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Effective strategies for using technology-enhanced learning is a key element in the professional development of any teacher. This course will help teachers develop and advance their skills in the design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences. Click here for detailed course description.
All courses will be taught by Dr. Eliezer Jones.
- Introduction to Educational Technology Integration
Explore best practices on integrating technology into your curriculum and classroom. Participants will develop a working knowledge of educational technology standards and pedagogy, proficiency with fundamental technology tools and the ability to begin applying them to their classrooms.
- Teaching with Technolgoy
Participants will learn a wide range of technology tools that can be integrated into the classroom,which include: Web 2.0 tools, interactive whiteboards, tablet computers, video editing and presentation software. Participants will work collaboratively using these tools, engage in practical discussions about their use, and complete the course with a portfolio of educational technology tools that can be used in their classrooms.
- Educational Technology Practicum
This course will combine the learning from the previous two courses and ask students to develop a significant educational technology project/application that will be integrated into their classrooms/schools.
3. ONLINE/BLENDED INSTRUCTION & DESIGN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
The Certificate in Online Instruction and Design is created to prepare Jewish educators for teaching and designing courses online, in either fully online or blended learning environments. The certificate provides students with essential knowledge and skills in pedagogy, course development, evaluation, instruction, and other aspects of the educational process in online and blended learning environments. By the end of this program, each participant will have produced one fully online Judaic course that they can teach online or in a blended classroom.
This course will be taught by Dr. Eliezer Jones.
4. STUDENT SUPPORT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Teachers and staff are faced with the daunting task of supporting students in a variety of areas. These courses will provide techniques, strategies and school-wide models for identifying students at risk and providing targeted support so all students can succeed. Participants will learn about academic, behavioral, spiritual and social/emotional support .
This course will be guided by Dr. Scott Goldberg, Dr. Rona Novick, Dr. David Pelcovitz and Dr. Elana Weinberger and facilitated by leading experts in the field.
- Academic and Behavioral Support
Guided by Dr. Scott Goldberg, taught by Elana Weinberger and facilitated by leading experts in the field
- Social and Emotional Support
Guided by Dr. Rona Novick, taught by Ilana Turetsky
- Spiritual Support
Guided by Dr. David Pelcovitz, taught by Dr. Jay Goldmintz