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Professional Learning Courses

Education Outreach and Partnerships offers a variety of course based learning opportunities with engaging topics and relevant curriculum. All of our courses are online and are ready to begin whenever you are.

Madison School District: Rational Number & Proportions


This course examines the key concepts of our rational number system and proportional reasoning through models, context, and justification. Topics include: Strategies for developing students’ computational fluency with fractions, developing flexibility with ratio and proportions, and connecting proportional reasoning across the curriculum. Learn More

Madison School District: Algebra and Function


This course examines the key concepts of algebra and functions, focusing on how students develop the ability to reason and model algebraically through use of context and representation. Topics include: Developing students’ fluency in simplifying and solving, connecting algebra to geometry and data analysis, and pressing students to model and generalize with different types of functions. Learn More


Continual School Improvement: A Process Approach


This year-long course is meant to engage principals and members of school and district leadership teams in developing a school improvement plan based on data. Specifically, this course gives leaders an organized way to think about utilizing data from the CALL survey, school-based tools, and district goals to create and implement a detailed school improvement plan.​ Learn More

K-8 Mathematics Microcredential


This microcredential gives educators the opportunity to deepen their own mathematical knowledge in a setting that models student-centered pedagogy. The K-8 structure of these courses encourages cross-grade-level discussion around content and pedagogy. Activities and assignments will frequently be differentiated in order to accommodate the wide variety of math experience of participants. Learn More

Instructional Coaching Certificates

Registration now open for ​summer 2017

Through this four-course series, participants will be introduced to the student-centered coaching model and enhance their expertise in grounding coaching work in student evidence. Coursework is embedded in participant contexts, emphasizing the application and analysis of coaching structure and practice in order to empower participants to connect this work directly to their sites. Multiple certificate options are available. Learn More

Online Certificate of Mindfulness in Education

registration now open for summer 2017

This three-course series is designed to provide educators and professionals in the field with a foundation for understanding, reflecting upon, and applying mindfulness practices in educational settings. Courses are designed with and taught by experienced practitioners from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Completion of the course-series results in a Certificate of Mindfulness in Education as a culmination to this professional development, which can be taken on a credit or non-credit basis.  Learn More

Constructive Conflict Management

Readings, videos, discussions, role plays, and writing activities focused on understanding the nature and possible outcomes of interpersonal conflict, with the primary goal of providing students with effective communication skills to maximize productive outcomes in conflict situations. Discusses a process view of conflict, looking at both destructive and productive approaches to conflict; communication options; the effect of power differences on conflict climate; individual and group approaches to conflict management, and the role of forgiveness and reconciliation. Also includes approaches to conflict in the classroom. This is collaborative course with Independent Learning which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension. 

Environmental Conservation

An introductory course in environmental science. You will explore the interactions between the natural world (biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere) and cultural world (demographics, economics, politics, and technology). You will examine air and water pollution, global climate change, energy alternatives and energy efficiency, solid and hazardous waste, loss of biodiversity, human health, food resources, effects of urbanization, and the management of public lands. Strong emphasis is placed on evaluating potential solutions to identified environmental problems. This is collaborative course with Independent Learning which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension. 

The Exceptional Individual

Special needs in today’s schools. Learn how to work with children with special needs who require specialized techniques and curricula. After an overview of special education, you will explore topics such as legislation, cultural diversity, collaboration, transition, standards, learning disabilities, emotional or behavioral disorders, AD/HD, giftedness, mental retardation, autism, traumatic brain injury, physical disabilities, communication disorders, and visual impairments and hearing loss. This is collaborative course with Independent Learning which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Human Relations In Education
Human differences and interactions, with special attention to diverse cultural, ethnic, and other minority group identifications. You will examine myths and misperceptions that foster prejudicial attitudes, and the effect of prejudice on expectations for people perceived as different. You will study how membership in various social groups affects identity and opportunity, and about cultural pluralism and the role of education and other institutions in promoting it. This is collaborative course with Independent Learning which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension.   

Independent Reading in Wisconsin Native American History
An introduction to the general field of Native American history with a special focus on Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. You will read 3 (or 6 or 9) books, including the textbook, and prepare 3 (or 6 or 9) critical book reviews depending on the credit option chosen. This is collaborative course with Independent Learning which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension.   

Professional Certificates in Teaching Online

Are you interested in understanding more about teaching in the online environment? Learn proven
principles and practices in online course models, planning, and management, as well as the different roles of learners and instructors in the online space.  Distance Education Professional Development in 
Continuing Studies offers a variety of online courses and programs that will help you achieve your 
professional goals with maximum convenience, flexibility, and affordability.

Teaching Evolution

Where did the dinosaurs go? They’re gone - except for birds, the only remainders of this diverse group.  How is it possible for such successful and abundant organisms to disappear, and how did the diversity that has arisen since come to be?  Evolution explains the extinction of the dinosaurs and more.  As a core biological concept, studying evolution helps students develop a comprehensive understanding of biology and apply their knowledge to current biological problems.  However, teaching evolution is challenging for a variety of reasons.  This four-week fully online course is designed to provide participants with a solid background in basic evolutionary content knowledge, allowing them to confidently address this topic, while introducing resources for teaching evolution.

Understanding the edTPA: Documenting Your Reflective Practice
edTPA™ is an assessment process that requires teacher candidates to demonstrate they have the skills to help all students learn. edTPA was developed by Stanford University's faculty and staff with input from teachers and teacher educators from across the nation to support candidate learning and preparation program growth and renewal. edTPA is a measure of readiness to teach that informs program completion and licensure decisions.  By completing these self-paced modules teacher candidates will receive guidance to assemble the appropriate edTPA artifacts that will demonstrate the knowledge and skills they've obtained. 

Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test Review
Welcome to this online review for the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test! In this online review course, you will familiarize yourself with the objectives and content of the Foundations of Reading Test (or FORT) through a series of modules, each of which represents a different subarea of the test. Each module will contain readings and activities designed to help you, in conjunction with your methods courses, to become comfortable with the material that will be tested on the FORT.



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