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What is PDPro?

PDPro courses are created by Davis School District with the needs of DSD teachers in mind. To support teachers in their growth and learning, courses are directly aligned to the teacher evaluation standards. All courses are three weeks long, administered online through Canvas, and are facilitated by a certified teacher.

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Every PDPro course is now available every month!
 

Beyond Bullies

Course # 40273

This course will assist educators in creating and maintaining a positive learning environment for their students. Participants will create a bully plan to help students learn empathy for others, what to do if they are a victim of bullying and what to do if they witness bullying.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Bold School Intro

Course # 47058

This course is designed to assist educators in instructional planning with the integration of evidence-based instructional strategies and effective use of technology to increase student achievement. This course provides a framework for teachers to work through to develop technology integrated personalized learning opportunities that meets the needs of all students. The framework provides the skills by which high-quality instruction and curriculum will be developed and implemented in the classroom.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Bold School PRO – Part 1

Course # 52366

This course is designed to assist educators in instructional planning with the integration of evidence-based instructional strategies and effective use of technology to increase student achievement. This course provides a rigorous and deep investigation and implementation practice of five of the Hattie super strategies. It helps teachers work to develop technology integrated personalized learning opportunities that meets the needs of all students. The instructional strategies provide the skills by which high-quality instruction and curriculum will be developed and implemented in the classroom.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Bold School PRO – Part 2

Course # 52367

This course is designed to assist educators in instructional planning with the integration of evidence-based instructional strategies and effective use of technology to increase student achievement. This course provides a rigorous and deep investigation and implementation practice of four of the Hattie super strategies. It helps teachers work to develop technology integrated personalized learning opportunities that meets the needs of all students. The instructional strategies provide the skills by which high-quality instruction and curriculum will be developed and implemented in the classroom. (Part 1 is not a prerequisite)

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Class Meetings

Course # 41225

Run class meetings like a pro! This course will assist educators in implementing effective class meeting procedures. By the end of this course participants will be able to discuss the benefits of class meetings and effectively implement these strategies into their classroom environment.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Creating a Culture of Thinkers

Course # 57505

Creating a culture of thinkers will help teachers make their classrooms places of intellectual stimulation with students who can think, plan, create, question, and engage independently as learners. Participants will learn how to promote engagement, understanding, and independence for all learners through visible thinking strategies.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

Cooperative Learning

Course # 40040

Years of research show that cooperative learning strategies lead to improved academics, behavior, attendance, self-confidence, and motivation. This course was specifically designed to explore the benefits of cooperative learning as a teaching strategy and demonstrate how these strategies can be implemented in the classroom. Learn powerful techniques for helping mixed-ability groups of students reach their highest potential!

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Course # 40872

Culture is central to learning. It influences how and what we store in long-term memory, plays a role how we communicate and shapes the thinking process of groups and individuals. Learn to identify the needs of your diverse students and use culturally responsive teaching methods in order to meet those needs.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Effective Discipline Plans

Course # 41233

Classroom management is key to establishing a safe, caring learning environment. This course teaches key aspects of a good classroom discipline plan. Participants will gain an understanding of creating and establishing rules, consequences, and rewards.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Flexible Thinking

Course # 50434

The speed at which change happens is lightning fast! Educators must develop the skill of thinking flexibly to keep up. Flexible thinking helps with thinking creatively, mindfulness, contentment, problem-solving, and critical thinking. By developing your abilities to think flexibly, you will become more able to adapt to the ever-present changing circumstances.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Formative Assessment: How, When, and Why

Course # 39496

This course will assist teachers in developing effective formative assessments. Participants will gain an understanding of meaningful assessments by gaining a knowledge of what formative assessments are and when and how to use them appropriately. By the completion of this course, participants will have created a learning progression and identified a timeline for appropriate assessments throughout the learning progression.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

In-Depth: Questions That Promote Deeper Thinking

Course # 40008

Well-designed questions lead learners down the path to deeper thinking. Learn how to construct powerful questions using the Depth of Knowledge framework and practical steps to build them into your lessons. By the end of this course, participants will have an understanding of a range of different question types and plans to use them in their upcoming units.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Let’s Get Engaged

Course # 39497

Student engagement makes everything possible! This course was designed to assist teachers in delivering instruction that engages students in the learning process. By the end of this course, participants will be able to explain the benefits of engagement in promoting learning, create lessons and activities that engage all learners in the classrooms, and develop specific strategies to support disengaged students.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Let’s Get Organized

Course # 40017

Do you ever feel like there’s not enough time in your classroom? This course focuses on discovering the “time robbers” in your day as well as making sure all the paper in your classroom is organized usefully. We’ll make sure that those problem areas in your classroom that seem to stay unorganized will get the fresh look that they need.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Mathematical Teaching Practices: Ensuring Success for ALL

Course # 50467

The focus of this course is to introduce K-12 teachers to the 8 Mathematical Teaching Practices and how to effectively implement the practices. The course includes strategies to implement these practices in order to support students’ development of standards of mathematical practices outlined in the Core Standards.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Parents As Partners

Course # 40027

Parents are your strongest ally in helping students to succeed. Learn strategies that will support parents in reinforcing at home the skills and knowledge you teach at school! This course will assist educators in improving parent involvement in the educational process. Participants will gain an understanding of the benefits of parent involvement, along with strategies to help parents feel welcome in the school building.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Polishing Classroom Procedures

Course # 40275

In this course we will examine the importance that procedures play in the classroom and the effect they have on student learning. Whether you are just beginning your teaching career or just needing creative new ways to spice up your procedures, this class is for you!

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

Positive Discipline in the Secondary Classroom

Course # 41238

Adolescent students need a safe, caring environment for learning to take place. Help your students become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Participants will create a classroom management plan that supports students in learning social and life skills that lead to long-term success.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Project-Based Learning

Course # 40037

Get a head start on Blended Learning with this course on PBL (Project Based Learning). This class will guide you through each of the seven steps of the PBL process; by the end of the class you’ll have a unit ready to implement in your classroom! Make PBL as easy as PB&J!

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Power Up! More Students Answering More Questions

Course # 39498

Do the same three students raise their hands every time you ask a question? You’ll learn to make every question count with the strategies we model in this class. Every student deserves the chance to process and respond to the good questions you ask. Make it happen with this class!

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Prepping for the Praxis PLT

Course # 39499

Do you need to take the Praxis PLT? This course is designed to help you prepare for the Praxis PLT. This course will provide information of the concepts needed to be successful on the PLT test. Instruction will cover the education theorists and the major theories, instructional strategies, assessment, education vocabulary, and professional development practices.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Purposeful Planning

Course # 57504

Great teaching takes planning! The purpose of this course is to help teachers become purposeful planners and therefore purposeful teachers. Purposeful planning begins with an understanding of the learning goals for our students. By focusing on learning targets, not tasks, teachers give students a powerful tool for reflection and monitoring of their own learning.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

Small Group Instruction

Course # 41242

Teaching students to self-assess provides a very powerful tool for students to become successful lifelong learners. When students self-assess they identify strategies that will improve their understanding and skills. This course will outline and identify these strategies and skills and support teachers in implementing student self-assessment in their classrooms.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

 

Smooth Transitions

Course # 40259

This course was designed to help teachers identify and implement methods for improving transitions in their classroom. Teachers will explore great ideas such as waiting games, cleanup procedures, and signaling techniques that will eliminate the chaos that can often result from ineffective transitioning from one activity to another. Get your classroom running like a well-oiled machine with Smooth Transitions!

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Supercharge your Questions with QAR

Course # 40062

Question-Answer-Relationship (QAR) is a powerful strategy that teaches students how to both ask and answer text-dependent questions. If your students read anything in your classes, you need to take this course!

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Teacher, I’m Done… Now What?

Course # 40062

Differentiation is one of the most essential skills of an effective teacher—and one of the most challenging! This course will show you how to create and implement meaningful anchor activities to help enrich all students’ learning.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Teacher Leadership

Course # 50277

This course was developed to assist teachers in learning the dispositions, knowledge, and skills needed to be a teacher leader. Teacher Leaders are defined as teachers who lead in various formal and informal ways in their classrooms, schools, districts, and communities. By the end of this course, participants will be able to describe the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of Teacher Leaders and have had some practice identifying and using the skills.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Thinking About Thinking

Course # 40301

This course was designed to assist teachers in utilizing effective teaching strategies in correlation with how the human brain processes and stores information. You’ll be able to explain how information is stored in long-term memory, the optimal times to teach to long-term memory storage, and multiple strategies to transfer learning into long-term memory.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Unlocking the Power of Classroom Discussion

Course # 40013

Effective classroom discussions deepen understanding of content knowledge and help students develop problem-solving and communication skills. Learn how to take your discussions to the next level!

 

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

Word Up! 2.0 Building Academic Vocabulary

Course # 40043

How can we capitalize on the Matthew Effect to accelerate student learning across the curriculum? Intentional daily vocabulary instruction is the key. But where do we start? Which words do we choose? Which tools can we use to get those most impact from our daily vocabulary block? And what can we do to ensure students retain what we’ve taught? Word Up! will answer these questions and more as we learn to make vocabulary instruction one of the most productive and enjoyable components of the day.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5

 

Writing as a Thinking Tool

Course # 40257

Do you include writing in your classroom? Did you know that writing is one of the best ways to assess if a student is understanding a concept? Take this course on writing as a thinking tool for all content areas. See examples of writing in various subjects and learn how to incorporate priceless tools into your classroom.

Audience: K-12

Credit: 0.5