Continuing Education Credits and Classes

Customized Training for School Districts

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MNU would like to offer support of  professional development initiatives within your school or district. Our faculty offer, free of charge, professional development workshops and trainings listed below. Any workshop can be tailored to fit the school improvement needs of your school or district.

Please contact Jill Gonzalez-Bravo with the following information to set up your customized training:

  • Topic/s of Interest
  • Event name and information 
  • Event date/s and time/s desired
  • Location
  • Number of participants
  • Technology available to presenters
  • An additional relevant information

It is a great honor to serve in-practice and future educators in partnership with you.     

Training options include:

  • Balanced Living

    Defining your purpose in your professional and personal life.  Concepts and strategies to assess personal and professional success.

    Faculty Presenter: Pam Burrus

  • Building Anti-Bullying Programs and/or Diversity Programs—Target Audience K-12, teachers, parents, administration, etc.

    Consultation and/or facilitation may be provided for the development and implementation of a district-wide or building level anti-bullying and/or diversity program. As part of a district’s plan to combat violence and promote respect, a model for developing a student leadership program can be presented and customized to meet a district’s needs.  This plan can span the K-12 learning environment, with components that outreach to the community.  This program involves students designing the anti-violence plans in partnership with staff and administrators for implementation in schools.  This program is built on the premise that a grassroots effort by students is more effective in curbing violence and discrimination than top-down reform. Students taking leadership in effecting positive school climate changes can be the most effective method of change in a building and district.

    Faculty Presenters: 

    • Dr. Nancy Damron
    • Dr. Neil Friesland
    • Dr. Brenda Harris
  • Child Trauma Academy

    Faculty Presenter: Dr. Tim Murray

  • Classroom Community Counts! K-12

    Strategies to shape classrooms into communities of learners. From student connection ideas to incorporating accountability strategies, a variety of easy-to-implement ideas will ensure that your classroom works for every student.

    Faculty Presenters: 

    • Dr. Jo Lamar
    • Dr. Brenda Harris
  • Content Area Literacy (Reading Across the Content)—Target Audience Grades 6-12

    Comprehension strategies for pre, during and post-reading of expository texts, vocabulary development, writing/reading connections, and textbook introductions. In this session, we will take a look at 21st Century Literacy and the concept of content-area literacy in particular. We will cover some of the primary roadblocks you face in getting your students to (1) actually read assigned texts and other selected readings and (2) use strategies that will guarantee greater comprehension of your content. You will participate in hands-on activities that support these strategies and leave with a packet of resources that you can begin using immediately in your content classroom.

    Faculty Presenter: Dr. Brenda Harris

  • Cultural Diversity and Cross-Cultural Awareness—Target Audience: All Teachers

    Strategies and activities for exploring culture, examining interactions among people of diverse cultural, language, gender, class, and religious backgrounds in educational and community settings. Ideas for cultural immersion experiences and service learning projects.

    Faculty Presenters:

    • Dr. Ramona Stowe 
    • Dr. Brenda Harris
  • Curriculum Mapping: Heidi Hayes Jacobs model—Target Audience K-12

    Following Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ model for curriculum mapping, participants move through a method for curriculum mapping and review how this process supports both horizontal and vertical alignment. Using curriculum mapping as a tool for professional learning community conversations is also addressed. Curriculum mapping templates can be individualized for each school/district.

    Faculty Presenter: Dr. Nancy Damron

  • Defeat ‘Stand and Deliver’ Teaching

    Motivate and reach your learners with interactive strategies that work! Powerful for teachers wanting to increase engagement, boost test scores, and reduce the achievement gap. You’ll build powerful learning teams in your classroom and use methods for team formation, team building, class building, thinking skills, decision making, communication skills, and social skills. You’ll leave with a toolbox full of ‘TPT’ and ‘EPR’ strategies easy to use tomorrow.

    Faculty Presenter: Dr. Jo Lamar

  • Differentiated Instruction—Target Audience K-12

    Emphasizing Tomlinson’s model for differentiation, this workshop first builds an understanding of the need for differentiation and then walks educators through a structured and user-friendly method for altering lessons and assignments in product, process, and/or content. 

    Faculty Presenters:

    • Dr. Jo Lamar 
    • Dr. Neil Friesland
    • Dr. Nancy Damron
  • Elementary Classroom Management Strategies—Target Audience K-6

    This workshop will highlight effective instructional practices that facilitate both responsible and respectful student behavior in the classroom. In particular, the importance of preventative classroom management practices will be highlighted with practical strategies shared throughout the workshop.

    Faculty Presenter: Dr. Ramona Stowe

  • Establishing and Maintaining Professional Learning Communities—Target Audience K-12

    Following Rick DuFour’s model for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), educators are walked through the process of creating PLCs and provided a structure for using those forums to improve student achievement.

    Faculty Presenter: Pam Burrus

  • Evidenced-based Instruction in Reading (workshop series)—Target Audience Elementary

    Series includes five workshops covering: 

    • Phonemic Awareness
    • Phonics
    • Fluency
    • Vocabulary
    • Comprehension

    Faculty Presenter: Dr. Brenda Harris

  • Faith and Freedom in the Public Schools—Target Audience K-12

    Research indicates there is a connection between students’ faith and conduct. However, while many students have religious backgrounds, too often schools neglect the topic of “faith." The connection between faith and learning helps to counter at-risk behavior and helps students understanding the importance of America’s Judeo-Christian cultural and civic values.

    This seminar is designed to help educators to lawfully, appropriately, and academically integrate faith in the classroom.

    Faculty Presenter: Dr. Jo Lamar

  • Funding for Fun! Grant Development

    Faculty Presenter: Dr. Linda Alexander

  • Google Classroom

    Using Google Sites, participants will create a ‘working’/‘professional’ electronic portfolio for their own use that will not be lost if they move to a new building or district. Learn how to create a template for students to use that will guide construction of their own electronic portfolio according to the teacher’s specifications. Emphasis will include how to populate the e-portfolio with ‘artifacts’ and ‘resources’ using links to Google documents and how to submit links to an LMS for paper-free homework submission and distribution. Each participant will need to have a Gmail account.

    Faculty Presenter: Dr. Kim Humerickhouse

  • How to Create a Safe, Supportive Classroom Climate: Positive Classroom Management

    A look at how Jim Fay’s Love & Logic, Angela Duckworth’s Grit, and Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset principles can address classroom management goals of meeting student needs, emphasizing motivation for learning, creating a safe environment, establishing supportive relationships, and implementing positive behavior redirection. Move away from punitive, disciplinary strategies to positive, self-regulated strategies.

    Faculty Presenter: Dr. Kim Humerickhouse

  • Inclusive Education Models
    • Integration’, ‘mainstreaming’, and inclusion, differences, similarities AND the law
    • Full inclusion/Partial inclusion and hybrid models
    • Benefits of full inclusion/ detriments of full inclusion/ Benefits of partial pullout
    • Alternative educational models
    • Us V. Them Model

    Faculty Presenter: Dr. Neil Friesland

  • Instructional Audits

    This service is offered to all schools, private and public.  After MNU and designated school personnel agree upon an observation tool, MNU personnel observe classroom instruction for the purpose of aggregating student experiences, teacher practices, and suggesting professional development opportunities for future growth.  Some costs may be incurred during this process (for instance mileage costs) as observations usually take multiple days to complete.  

    Faculty Presenters:

    • Dr. Nancy Damron
    • Dr. Jill Gonzalez-Bravo
    • Dr. Kim Humerickhouse
    • Dr. Ramona Stowe
    • Dr. Martin Dunlap
  • Inquiry Science & Social Studies—Target Audience Elementary

    The NSES defines inquiry as a “Multifaceted activity that involves making observations; posing questions; examining books and other sources…planning investigations; using tools to gather, analyzing and interpreting data; proposing answers, explanation and predictions; and communicating the results.” This seminar will review the 5 E lesson plan of inquiry for both science and social studies: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Jo Lamar

  • K-12 Curriculum Development—Target Audience curriculum developers.

    Emphasizing the use of backwards design and conceptual understanding, consultation or facilitation of the curriculum writing process is offered. The holistic approach to curriculum development enables a district to align its standards to the KSDE’s standards while maintaining the unique features of its own community. Unit design and materials selection follow the curriculum writing process.

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Nancy Damron 

  • Kagan Cooperative Learning-Target Audience K-12

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Ramona Stowe

  • Math Circles

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Mark Brown

  • Marzano’s Nine Instructional Strategies-All grades

    This can either be  3-1.5 hour sessions or a full day workshop. This interactive workshop provides an overview of Marzano’s nine effective instructional strategies to boost student achievement. 

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Jill Gonzalez-Bravo

  • Positive Behavior Support
    • 1) What is School-wide PBIS? 2) What does PBIS emphasize? and 3) What outcomes are associated with implementation of PBIS?
    • The PBIS Model and data collection
    • The continuum of School-wide PBIS
    • Current research

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Neil Friesland

  • Powerful Social Studies

    The purpose of this workshop is to provide tools to make our classrooms powerful social studies agents through the use of best practices in historical inquiry. Participants should bring a social studies lesson with them as there will be time to apply strategies presented. Teacher take-aways: forms and procedures for incorporating historical inquiry into your classroom K-12 and process for using interactive notebooks in social studies.

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Nancy Damron

  • Problem-Based Learning

    Educators learn how to incorporate PBL instruction in the classroom by placing them in the role of student. Educators observe the process at first hand, working with others to solve problems and to create effective materials that facilitate PBL.

    Presenting Faculty:

    • Dr. Nancy Damron 
    • Dr. Jill Gonzalez-Bravo
  • Reading Assessments in the Middle Grades—Target Audience 6-9

    Presenting a variety of learning opportunities to increase motivation and write content on the brains of middle school students. We will practice matching card games, observe the use of quick check task sheets, and uncover many assessment preparation strategies. Though content is geared toward middle-level grades, strategies could apply across assessed grade levels.

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Linda Alexander

  • Reading Assessment Series—Target Audience Elementary
    • Assessment Kits for Ongoing Assessment of Reading (includes the Basic Reading Inventory-BRI- and Early Literacy Skills Battery)
    • Improving Reading Strategies for Correcting Reading Difficulties (Based on BRI)
    • Readers Theater for One (or Two) (Reading Fluency and Writing Standards)

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Brenda Harris

  • Real Life in Your Classroom!

    Students often don’t connect content and skills to the "real world.” Rigor, Relevancy, and Relationships are the keys to high classroom engagement. Authentic Role Performances (ARP) pull from all three R’s and allow students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world situations. Session attendees will turn an upcoming unit into an ARP.  

    Teacher Take-Aways: guides to creating an ARP based unit, brain-based instructional strategies and tips for managing the classroom during an ARP.  

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Nancy Damron

  • Reciprocal Reading/Teaching—Target Audience K-12

    This session, designed for K-12 teachers, introduces reciprocal teaching as a method for raising student reading comprehension abilities. Participants will receive hands-on training in using the method and be given time to develop one reciprocal teaching lesson. Materials for implementing reciprocal teaching will also be developed.  Lesson plan materials are needed for this session (textbook, reading supplements, etc.)

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Nancy Damron

  • Rethinking Homework—Target Audience K-12

    Issues related to homework include the effectiveness of homework in raising student achievement, the value of grading homework, and school-life balance. This session will practically address each of these issues and more. Designed for a K-12 educator audience, current research regarding best practices surrounding homework are discussed and applied to the school setting during this workshop. Time is provided for teachers and administrators to explore the implications these best practices might have on classroom and building-wide homework philosophies. Participants need to bring any materials related to homework philosophy or guidelines as well as directions from one homework assignment.

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Nancy Damron

  • SAMR Levels of Effective Technology Integration

    Presenting Faculty: 

    • Dr. Jill Gonzalez-Bravo
    • Lauren Hayes
  • Scientific Inquiry—Target Audience Elementary

    Sessions help teachers identify ways to integrate scientific inquiry as an organizing principle in any science classroom.

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Jo Lamar 

  • Screencasting Workshop

    This session will explore the topic of screencasting, which is useful for creating tutorials, visual instructions, feedback, reviews, and other topics. Screencasting can be an important component in a blended or flipped classroom model. This presentation explores the basics - why screencast?, how to get started, essentials of a good screencast, etc. There are a number of free webtools and apps that can used for creating supportive instructional material. 

    Presenting Faculty: Mike Ramirez

  • SMART Technologies

    Presenting Faculty: Lauren Hays

  • Strategies in Children’s Literature—Target Audience: Elementary Teachers

    Strategies and activities to engage children with multiple genre (picture books, traditional literature, modern fantasy, poetry, realistic fiction, and historical fiction).  Hands-on ideas for engaging children in reader-response to texts.

    Presenting Faculty:

    • Dr. Jo Lamar 
    • Dr. Brenda Harris
  • Strengths-Based Leadership (Teacher Leaders)

    Using the results of the Clifton StrengthsFinder Inventory and applications from the book "Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow," participants will learn how to identify, understand, appreciate and apply not only their own natural talents but how to understand and more effectively utilize the natural talents of colleagues and teammates. Participants will need to complete the inventory prior to this session.

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Kim Humerickhouse

  • Teacher Expectations and Student Achievement

    Educators speak of improving classroom climate, collaboration, teacher empowerment, cooperative education, high expectations, and self-esteem. Usually, our concept of improvement involves fixing someone else. TESA suggests that the surest way to create change is to change ourselves. The workshop includes:

    • Response Opportunities
    • Feedback and
    • Personal Regard.  

    The workshop may also be tailored to address one of the above categories.

    Presenting Faculty: Pam Burrus

  • Teaching Boys—Target Audience K-12

    This session is designed to address the learning behaviors and tendencies of male students.  Participants will review research related to teaching boys and apply this to instructional approaches in the classroom.  Designed for K-12 teachers, workshop attendees should bring lesson making resources, as time will be given to apply the learned material to lesson plan development.

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Nancy Damron

  • Teaching Boys II: Re-engaging the Unengaged

    Based on Kathleen Palmer Cleveland’s book "Teaching Boys Who Struggle in School," this session walks participants through 6 steps to re-engage the unengaged male student. The workshop focuses on applying these steps to both building initiatives and climate as well as classroom instruction and climate for the purpose of raising male academic achievement and creating positive attitudes toward schooling.

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Nancy Damron

  • Teach with Your Strengths

    Using the results of the Clifton StrengthsFinder Inventory and applications from the book "Teach with Your Strengths: How Great Teachers Inspire Their Students," participants will learn how to identify, understand, appreciate and apply their “natural talents” to not only their instruction but to their collaboration with colleagues and to their relationships with students. Participants will need to complete the inventory prior to this session.

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Kim Humerickhouse

  • Technology Integration

    Workshop explores innovation integration to support student acquisition of concepts and 21st-Century Skills.  This workshop will introduce the SAMR model and strategies to promote creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking in the classroom.

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Jill Gonzalez-Bravo

  • Thematic Planning

    The design for this workshop comes from Wiltshire County in England. The instructor studied in England and will share a planning model that provides a way to incorporate the “big picture," day-to-day planning, assessments and alignment with national, state and district curriculum.

    Presenting Faculty: Pam Burrus

  • The SIOP Model (ELL/ESOL)—Target Audience K-12

    The SIOP Model - Have English language learners in your classroom?  Come and learn strategies to help them achieve with the SIOP Model.  This model helps students learn content material while learning English.  Participants will not only learn about the model, but will leave with practical strategies that they can use in the classroom.

    Presenting Faculty: Dr. Ramona Stowe

  • Time Management Skills for Educational Leaders

    Practical strategies for use by educators to balance the day-to-day demands of a professional and personal life. 

    Presenting Faculty: Pam Burrus

  • Understanding by Design (Lynn Erikson’s Concept Based Curriculum Design and Instruction)—Target Audience K-12

    Designing units & lessons based on big ideas, structures curriculum in such a way as to make content more meaningful for students while emphasizing broader understandings and maintaining cultural literacy.  Using portions of Lynn Erickson’s model, this workshop provides structured steps for developing units and lessons that emphasize big ideas and the transfer of knowledge to current day events and issues.

    Presenting Faculty: 

    • Dr. Nancy Damron
    • Dr. Jill Gonzalez-Bravo
    • Dr. Brenda Harris
  • Web Tools for the 21st-Century Classroom

    This presentation explores practical and useful web-based tools and apps that will enhance and deepen students’ learning. Resources for discovering these tools will also be discussed. A portion of this presentation will be on the topic of validating tools. How can we, as teachers, ensure the effectiveness and validity of these tools? 

    Presenting Faculty: Mike Ramirez

  • Writing as a Process: 6 Trait Writing—Target Audience 3-12

    Training provided to teachers in integrating 6 Trait Writing into the classroom (for all subjects).

    Presenting Faculty: Pam Burrus