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Summer for Educators at UR

Summer 2020 is unique. We’re curating opportunities for local educators offered this summer, recognizing that all experiences will likely need to be offered remotely. Please pardon any outdated links or TBA listings as we ramp up our remote efforts!

Summer Opportunities for Educators

Summer provides teachers and school leaders a little bit more time to advance their careers and work on relicensure requirements. As a result, we provide learning opportunities that meet scheduling and relicensure needs of Richmond-area educators.

Our summer programs for teachers include:

Partners in the Arts Programs

Online Classes in Teaching and Instruction

We offer a variety of online opportunities in instructional and teaching topics year-round, including the summer.

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate-level Professional Development Courses

  • Classes & electives (listed below) for professional development
  • Non-degree seeking classes are offered at a signficant discount to teachers 
  • Visit our Professional Development for Educators page to register

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Classes for Graduate Credit

EDUC 503U Foundations of Arts Integration
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 12-Week (XII)
July 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020
Instructor: Robert Spires
CRN: 30057 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Asynchronous, with schedule of synchronous activities to be determined. Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts.
Description
Explores theory and pedagogy of integrating all arts form (visual, music, drama, dance, literary) across the curriculum and throughout the teaching and learning environment. Includes best practices, skill building, and exploration of resources to provide educators the tools and ability to effectively address and variety of students' learning styles while promoting curiosity, mastery of content and collaborative problem-solving skills.

EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
June 22, 2020 through July 25, 2020
Instructor: Bob Spires
CRN: 30168 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Introduction to the American educational system. Explores the philosophical, sociological, historical, and political roots of schools today. Attention also given to the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations, school as an organization/culture, and contemporary issues in education. Explores professionalism, ethics, performance standards, and integrity for teachers.

EDUC 518U Diverse Learners and Human Growth and Development
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 18, 2020 through July 10, 2020
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Laura Kuti
CRN: 30069 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Synchronous class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Introduces students to the wide range of diversity that exists in schools today. Explores diverse learning styles and students' needs, and connections to cultures, communities, and family values as well as student support through trauma informed care. Provides theoretical underpinnings and contemporary perspective on critical issues, professional practices, and state and federal laws influencing the teaching of students with diverse learning needs, including specific learning disabilities (SLD) such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and auditory processing disorders.

EDUC 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 18, 2020 through June 20, 2020
Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Tammy Milby
CRN: 30075 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Synchronous class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
In-depth examination of the teaching methods, literacy concepts and development, and materials that are used to support and scaffold children's literacy acquisition from birth to the primary grades. A foundational understanding of the components of reading including phonemic awareness, concepts of print, phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing will be addressed. Participants will examine early literacy assessment tools and will determine how to implement interventions for diverse learners. Language development, children's literature, and classroom strategies for early literacy instruction will also be investigated.

EDUC 538U Technology-Enhanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 18, 2020 through July 10, 2020
Mondays and Wednesdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Andrew Baker
CRN: 30079 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Synchronous class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Instructional design is the systematic and reflective process of translating principles of learning and instruction into plans for instructional materials, activities, information, resources and evaluation (Smith, 1999). This course combines knowledge of learning theory with technology skills to maximize the effectiveness of instructional design. Using hands on learning experiences students will acquire knowledge of instructional methods, digital tools and the principles of design.
Prerequisites
EDUC 542U or EDUC 507U

EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 18, 2020 through July 10, 2020
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Allison Brenning
CRN: 30082 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Synchronous class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Examination of reading, writing and critical thinking in secondary content areas. Specific techniques for teaching and assessing comprehensions, vocabulary knowledge, and study skills will be addressed. The effects of text organization and relationship between reading and writing are investigated. The course integrates theory with practice and is designed to help content area instructors learn how to integrate literacy principles into subject matter instruction. A strong emphasis will be placed on the elements of effective comprehension instruction. Literacy techniques designed to support the needs of diverse learners will be studied. Participants will learn strategies to foster motivation and appreciation of a variety of types of literature utilized for independent and collaborative reading.

EDUC 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 18, 2020 through June 20, 2020
Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Susan Albaugh
CRN: 30091 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Synchronous class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
This course focuses on curriculum adjustments, methods and techniques, as well as classroom organization necessary for teaching gifted and talented students. Emphasis is on curriculum in gifted programs within the context of school reform and restructuring. Topics include development of learner outcomes, selection of resources, and classroom management.

EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 18, 2020 through June 20, 2020
Mondays and Tuesdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: William Hall
CRN: 30077 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Synchronous class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Effective classroom and behavior management skills to build individual responsibility and self-discipline, promote self-regulation, and maintain a positive learning environment. Research-based classroom and behavior management techniques, classroom community building, positive behavior supports, and individual interventions.

EDUC 563U Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Student
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 18, 2020 through June 20, 2020
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 30089 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
This course examines the social, emotional, and psychological aspects of gifted children, adolescents, and adults. The course reviews current literature on affective growth and potential adjustment issues such as self-concept, self-acceptance and understanding, peer relations, and perfectionism. Family relations and potential sources of problems such as underachievement and career and college planning are also included. Classroom adjustments to facilitate development will also be reviewed.

EDUC 570U Foundations of Gifted Education
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
Monday, June 22, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, June 23, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Wednesday, June 24, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Thursday, June 25, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Monday, June 29, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Wednesday, July 1, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Thursday, July 2, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Monday, July 6, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Wednesday, July 8, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Thursday, July 9, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Monday, July 20, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Wednesday, July 22, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Thursday, July 23, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Joseph Douglas
CRN: 30090 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Synchronous class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
This course provides information on the history of exceptional students in relation to education, current law, and accepted methods for referral, assessment, and identification. It covers major program models and methods of differentiating instruction to meet the rate and level of learning of those students identified. The course gives the learner an understanding of ways to meet the affective needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular classroom and lists resources for teachers and parents who would like more information about the talented and gifted.

EDUC 574U Understanding and Implementing the IEP
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 18, 2020 through July 10, 2020
Instructor: Allison Brenning
CRN: 30088 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
This course provides students with critical information and hands-on practice regarding the developmentvand implementation of the Individual Education Program (IEP), the federally required document that describes all the components of special education services and safeguards for students with disabilities. Participants will learn regulatory background, essential components, procedural requirements, implementation practices, and monitoring strategies that support effective IEP implementation and lead to positive student outcomes. Participants will analyze and evaluate IEPs, gaining expertise in IEP development and implementation.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Strategies for Teaching Writing
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
June 22, 2020 through July 25, 2020
Instructor: Tammy Milby
CRN: 30083 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Course participants will reflect on the best practices and research related to teaching writing effectively. The course includes an in-depth look at writing workshop and considers teaching strategies focusing on the steps of the writing process and different forms of writing (narrative, descriptive, expository, persuasive, and informational). Class sessions focus on discovering inspiring teaching strategies for classroom practice. Participants will also explore the connection between reading and writing instruction and learn how to include writing across the content areas.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Maximizing Student Learning through Online Instruction
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
May 18, 2020 through June 20, 2020
Instructors: Drew Baker Ryan Conway
CRN: 30193 (section: 03B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Students will explore best practices in online and distance learning instruction and apply this knowledge by creating actual online modules and courses. This course is designed to support the growth of all educators, whether they are preparing to enter the teaching workforce or experienced classroom teachers. Course content and activities will prepare students to design a variety of online learning environments, from 100% distance learning classrooms to supporting in-person instruction with blended tools, resources and strategies. and real world application of knowledge and skills.

EDUC 652U Differentiated Instruction
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 18, 2020 through July 10, 2020
Instructor: Mark Allan
CRN: 30085 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Introduction to differentiated instruction and examination of why it is appropriate for all learners, how to plan for it, and how to become comfortable enough with student differences to make school comfortable for every learner in the classroom.

EDUC 661U Instructional Leadership
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
June 22, 2020 through July 25, 2020
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Dana Jackson
CRN: 30169 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Synchronous class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
This course emphasizes techniques of improving instruction through application of research on effective schools and models of instruction. Topics covered include foundations of leadership, leadership for curriculum instruction and assessment, leadership for supervision and professional development, leadership for communication and community partnerships, and leadership for organizational management.

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Students in a Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP) class, EDUC 542U Teaching in Middle & Secondary Schools. Taught by Dr. Scott Bray, Assistant ...
Students in a Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP) class, EDUC 542U Teaching in Middle & Secondary Schools. Taught by Dr. Scott Bray, Assistant ...