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Graduate Programs Council

February 1, 2006

Present: Lynn Bye, Julie Ernst, Bob Lloyd, Jackie Millslagle.

Excused: Faith Loven, Mary Ann Marchel

Guest: Beth Ruark

Beth Ruark was present to speak to additional Educator's Institute special topics proposals. Nine proposals had been distributed. Beth circulated updates of two of these, two additional propoals, and a summary of all 11. There was discussion consistent with that from the last meeting with regard to graduate credit for some of the offerings, and the issue of staff development versus graduate credit programming. Jackie offered to carry this discussion to the Department Head of Education, and potentially to get input from area superintendents on how changes in past practice would impact teachers. Based on this, the Council determined to proceed to consider the proposals consistent with past practice.

Motion/second to approve the list of courses presented with the exception of Teaching Parent Education (3 cr.) and the stipulation that criteria for summer institution courses be revisited). Motion approved. The list of approved special topics is:

EDUC 5295 COURSES

 

Instructor

Course Name

Credits

Description

Focus

Dr. David McCarthy, Ph.D., Professor, UMD

Explore a Smorgasbord of New  Educational Technologies

.5

Explore use of a variety of new web-based technologies and software:  WIKIs, new browsers and RSS technologies, furling, podcasting, blogging and video conferencing. Build rubrics and bibliographies.

Technology

Helen Mongan Rallis Ph.D. UMD and

Kathryn Mongan Rallis M.A., UMD

Creating Teaching Websites for K-12 Classrooms

.5

Hands on workshop for teachers who would like develop their own website using TeacherWeb.com

Technology

Jennifer Frahm,M.Ed

(Formerly of UMD Continuing Ed.)*

Overview of Online Design

1

Overview of online course design for any subject. Will explore learning styles and content for online conversation.

Technology

Ted Peterson, Director of Community Education, Cloquet Public Schools*

Community Education: Prelude to a License

1

History, funding, partnerships, license requirements, the legislative process and individual programs in Minnesota community education

Community Education

Glenn Tobey, M.A. Licensed Independent Social Worker, Coordinator Carlton County Children and Family Service Collaborative*

Education Reflective Leadership

1

Class will provide tools, strategies and resources for educators in developing reflective leadership practices and connections. Participants will complete a renewal plan for greater purpose.

Educational Leadership

Personal Development

Linda Glaser, M.A. 20 published children’s books, Reading Rainbow book, NSTA outstanding trade books, Sydney Taylor notable award*

Writing Poetry in the Classroom

1

Students will write poems and explore a wide variety of writing techniques. Emphasis on classroom writing strategies, poetry resources and poets.

Language Arts

ECH 5993 COURSES

Instructor

Course Name

Credits

Description

Focus

Molly Minkkinen, Assistant Professor UMD

Brain Compatible Teaching

1

Gain fundamental understanding of cognitive neuroscience. Understand brain compatible assessment and implications on educational practice

Brain Research and education

Linda Glaser, M.A. 20 published children’s books, Reading Rainbow book, NSTA outstanding trade books, Sydney Taylor notable award*

Exploring Children’s Literature and Pre Literacy Activities

1

Understanding of brain development and importance of pre literacy skills, techniques using literature to enhance pre literacy skills for children

Language Arts

EHS 5595 COURSES

Instructor

Course Name

Credits

Description

Focus

Judge Dale Wolf, Carlton County

Child Abuse: ”Nuts and Bolts” for Teachers

1

Understand all aspects of child abuse under MN Mandated Reporter’s Act. Tips will be given for written and verbal communication of reports. Explore civil liability case.

Mandated Reporting

EDSE 5495 COURSES

Instructor

Course Name

Credits

Description

Focus

David Beard, Assistant Professor, UMD

Visual Literacy: Using Graphic Novels in the Middle and High School Curriculum

Variable

.5-1

Use of graphic novels for reluctant readers and to teach media literacy content standards. Develop unit plan using graphic novels.

Language Arts

The Council agreed to rotating chair responsibilities for spring semester in this order:

  • Mary Ann Marchel
  • Faith Loven
  • Julie Ernst
  • Bob Lloyd
  • Lynn Bye

Jackie updated on continued work on the curriculum process. Julie had thoroughly reviewed the forms and will clarify a couple items. Jackie will request that each department put the curriculum process on a department agenda.

Jackie Millslagle, Recorder