K-12 Educators

Summer Teacher Workshops

See our expansive selection of NEW courses as well as a special series on technology!


Introduction to iPads  

Introduction to iPads is a course for beginning and intermediate iPad owners who want to learn how to use their device more efficiently. Students will learn how to access the App store, rearrange apps, multitask, configure iPad settings, and many other useful tasks for home and work use. Prerequisite for Course: Have an Apple iPad, Apple ID and an email address; please know your username and passwords for both. Participants are required to present a picture ID.

14UCMP478A
June 16 (1 meeting)
Monday, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Todd Raines, instructor
3 PGPs
$30 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

14UCMP478B
June 23 (1 meeting)
Monday, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Todd Raines, instructor
3 PGPs
$30 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Energy, Economics, and the Environment

This workshop is co-sponsored by The Indiana Council for Economic Education, the IPFW Center for Economic Education and AEP’s Indiana Michigan Power operating unit. Various experts on energy and the environment will prepare participants to understand the interaction between energy and economic growth. Included is a tour of coal-fired and hydroelectric plants in Indiana.

*(American Electric Power in partnership with the IPFW Center for Economic Education is offering scholarships to any educator teaching in public, private, or charter school, or who has a teaching license and plans on teaching in the future. Graduate credit tuition is $360.75 total for those that qualify. The scholarship is not available for undergraduate credit. Please contact Faith Simpson at 260-481-0741
or simpsonf@ipfw.edu to register.)

14UBUS455
June 16–20 (5 meetings)
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
John Kessler, instructor
45 PGPs
$100 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Designing a K-5 Digital Classroom with iPads

This workshop presents iPad tools for teachers and students, specialized for elementary grades. Receive hands-on instruction with a variety of proven apps that engage students in digital learning activities and allow teacher–student communication with the iPad. After this workshop, you will be ready to create a virtual classroom. Prerequisite for Course: Have an Apple iPad, Apple ID and an email
address; please know your username and passwords for both. Participants are required to present a picture ID. Lunch will be provided.

14UCMP487
June 17 (1 meeting)
Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Shelley Jenkins, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

14UCMP487A
July 31 (1 meeting)
Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Shelley Jenkins, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Designing a 6-12 Digital Classroom with iPads

This workshop presents iPad tools for teachers and students,specialized for grades 6–12. Receive hands-on instruction with a variety of proven apps that engage students in digital learning activities and allow teacher–student communication with the iPad. After this workshop, you will be ready to create a virtual classroom.  Prerequisite for Course: Have an Apple iPad, Apple ID and an email address; please know your username and passwords for both. Participants are required to present a picture ID. Lunch will be provided.

14UCMP488
June 17 (1 meeting)
Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sean Miller, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.


14UCMP488A
July 31 (1 meeting)
Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sean Miller, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.

Register here.

Using Co-Teaching to Increase Learning for All

This workshop will be strategy-rich as teachers revisit the principles of co-teaching. As they walk into a co-taught classroom, teachers will participate in a variety of co-teaching configurations and processes. Through differentiation and various groupings, learn how to individualize instruction. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS540
June 18 (1 meeting)
Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kay Wells and Ann Mendez, instructors
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Responding to Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 

In this two-day workshop geared towards teachers of young children ages 0-5 and K-6 level students, the participants will learn about the wide variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds students and their families bring into our classroom. Each participant will have the opportunity to reflect on their own classrooms and will develop an action plan for responding to diversity. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS544
June 19 -20 (2 meetings)
Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dr. Zeynep Isik-Ercan, instructor
18 PGPs
$180 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Flipping the Classroom 

Flipping your classroom is more than just making videos for the students to view at home and doing homework in class. It is a pedagogical shift that flips instruction and practice, putting instruction outside of the classroom and practice in the class
where peers and the teacher can guide students through projects and problems. This workshop provides tools, strategies and the experience of a veteran classroom flipper. This workshop will be held in a computer lab and participants are encouraged to bring their own devices. Participants are required to present a picture ID.
Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS526
June 25-26 (2 meetings)
Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Andrew Deatrick, instructor
18 PGPs
$180 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Fitting It All In: Classroom Structure and Management for Improved Reading Instruction

Fitting it all in! How to get in all of the reading instruction students need while differentiating and meeting the needs of all. Join us for this interactive session on how to structure your day so you can, monitor progress and whole group instruction. Please bring your current schedule so that we can work on modifying it to meet your needs. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS530
June 26 (1 meeting)
Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Joyce Hannibal, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Understanding By Design in the K-5 Classroom

K-5 Understanding by Design (UBD) is a method of backwards planning
that will help you to know that your students really understand a
concept, idea, etc. Bring a chapter or topic in your Math curriculum, and
we will plan a unit you can take back to use in your classroom. Lunch
will be provided.

14UBUS531
June 27 (1 meeting)
Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Erica Grove, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Growing Achievement Through Student Engagement

YOU are the most important component needed to ensure high
student achievement. Through relationships, participants will learn
how to grow GRIT for long term academic achievement. This
workshop equips educators with knowledge, skills, resources, and
support needed to explore and practice dynamic evidence-based
engagement strategies. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS532
June 30 – July 1 (2 meetings)
Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ritch Hochstetler and Andrew Siems, instructors
18 PGPs
$180 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Differentiated Instruction 

Participants will learn steps that every teacher can take to narrow the
student achievement gaps in your classroom. Participants attending
this day of Differentiated Instruction will:

Practice multiple modifications, practice adaptation strategies, and
experience embedded differentiation with the SBE (Standards Based
Education) paradigm. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS533
July 7 (1 meeting)
Monday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sandy Adams, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention is used for creating intentional strategies to improve student learning. The goal is to provide all students with the best opportunities to succeed in school, despite learning or behavior problems. This workshop empowers participants to create a tiered strategy of intervention and use rubrics, peer grading strategies, and other techniques for engaging students. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS546
July 8 (1 meeting)
Tuesday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sandy Adams, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Planning Around a Novel for Common Core

Looking for a way to work the common core standards, your scope and sequence, and the Indiana standards all into one? Participants will bring a novel and their own device (i.e., iPad, laptop, or tablet), their scope and sequence, and planning materials to develop deep thinking with a novel around the common core standards. Participants are required to present a picture ID. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS534
July 2 (1 meeting)
Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Erica Grove, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Results Based Literacy Strategies with Deliberate Note-Taking 

Through the varied use of numerous effective teaching strategies taught at this workshop, teachers will be able to engage readers of all levels into the content, leading to effective note-taking strategies and critical-thinking activities for their students. This workshop will demonstrate the interconnected approach to literacy, note-taking, critical thinking, and meta-cognition. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS535
July 9 (1 meeting)
Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sandy Adams, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Success in the RISE

This course is designed to educate teachers about the RISE rubric, specifically what administrators deem as “highly effective.” Participants will develop skills necessary to plan, deliver, and assess student learning by reviewing, planning, and researching highly effective research-based techniques and strategies. It will consist of lecture and hands-on learning. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS422
July 10 (1 meeting)
Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Amelia Pflieger, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Effective Behavior Management for Student in Crisis

Participants will learn how to stop and think, then how to apply proven behavioral management strategies for their most difficult students. Included in this workshop are intervention and behavioral techniques to address behavioral outbursts or emotional shutdowns while de-escalating and helping the student regain control and
maintain dignity. Lunch will be provided.

14UHLT325
July 11 (1 meeting)
Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Dr. Charles Redwine, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

PBL With Technology     

Learn how to effectively integrate the use of technology in the classroom with Project-Based Learning (PBL). You will dive deeper into PBL, examine web 2.0 tools, and develop deliverables to use in your classroom. This workshop will meet in a computer lab and you are encouraged to bring your own device. Participants are required to present a picture ID. Lunch will be provided.

14UCMP484
July 14 (1 meeting)
Monday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Riley Johnson, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

DIY and "Maker Movement” in the Art Classroom

This workshop is aimed at upper elementary and secondary art educators who are interested in learning about curricula based on making practical, useful, yet artfully created objects needed for everyday living. Participants will brainstorm ideas and create examples for lesson planning. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS536
July 15 (1 meeting)
Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Laurel Campbell, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Instructional Tune-up: Strategies to Boost Relationships, Engagement, and Results

Looking for ways to boost student achievement, engage learners, build relationships, create more student accountability, and bridge language barriers? This one-day course will include engaging, meaningful and effective techniques and strategies for the classroom and discuss ways for teachers to encourage metacognition and foster
quality discussion among their students. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS537
July 16 (1 meeting)
Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Carrie Roberts, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Thinking Maps 

This workshop is based on David Hyerle’s Thinking Maps that enable all learners to communicate what and how they are thinking. Thinking Maps help teachers and students overcome communication barriers, develop a common learning language and facilitate student’s deeper understanding of complex content. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS538
July 17 (1 meeting)
Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Carrie Roberts, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Understanding By Design in the 6-12 Classroom 

Understanding by Design in the 6-12 classroom is a method of backwards planning that will help you to KNOW that your students really UNDERSTAND a concept, idea, etc., and can apply it! Bring a chapter or topic in your content curriculum and we will plan a unit you can take back and use in your classroom. Effectively plan so your students can understand. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS539
July 18 (1 meeting)
Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Erica Grove, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.


Service-Learning Projects for the 21st Century

Student engagement reaches the highest level when students are immersed into a service-learning project. Whether new to the concept or experienced at it, you will leave invigorated with real-world teaching ideas. Teachers will take on the role of students to role-play a service-learning project, with more than 20 approaches and examples to be studied. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS541
July 22 (1 meeting)
Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sandy Adams, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Raising Math Scores with Technology

This course focuses on the integration of technology into daily instruction and assessment for secondary math teachers. Participants should be pre-service or current math teachers in grades 6 - 12 and will learn how to maximize the effective use of 1:1 technology in their classrooms and will develop a variety of assessment and learning activities that are both technology driven and standards-based. This workshop will be held in a computer lab and participants are encouraged to bring their own devices. Participants are required to present a picture ID. Lunch will be provided.

14UCMP485
June 23-24 (2 meetings)
Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Anthony Thomas, instructor
18 PGPs
$180 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Soaring Minds

This 9-hour workshop is divided into three distinct and interrelated units. Participants will explore research based methods to grow teachers as instructional experts while providing lively engagement. Topics include: Challenging students to be more autonomous, developing learning potential, and motivating through relationships. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS542
July 25 (1 meeting)
Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dr. Jeanne Zehr, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Motivational Strategies for Disruptive Students

Attend this workshop and leave with more than a dozen research-based strategies to motivate and engage your most difficult students. The strategies result from meta-analysis of research from the minds of Pink, Covey, Heath, Marzano, and Payne, and the techniques are practical approaches that can be used in nearly any classroom setting. Lunch will be provided.


14UBUS543
July 29 (1 meeting)
Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sandy Adams, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.

Register here.

Designing Learning Environments with Technology 

This two day workshop helps teachers identify and evaluate technology that can enhance student learning and engagement. Participants will learn how to locate, evaluate, plan and manage the introduction of new technology into student instruction and assessment. This workshop will be held in a computer lab and
participants are encouraged to bring their own devices. Participants are required to present a picture ID. Lunch will be provided.

14UCMP486
July 21 and July 23 (2 meetings)
Monday and Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Alan Bobalik, instructor
18 PGPs
$180 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Toolbox of Instructional Strategies

Teachers will experience 12 “tools” of pre-assessment and 20 Formative Instructional Strategies centered on Gardner’s research and receive a minimum of 50 instructional strategies designed to check for student understanding. Participants will also experience and evaluate multiple research-based literacy strategies and practice them using embedded formative techniques in their everyday teaching. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS545
July 21 (1 meeting)
Monday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sandy Adams, instructor
9 PGPs
$90 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

Productivity and Professional Growth with Technology

The focus of Day 1 will be productivity and professional practice. Learn how to make informed decisions regarding the use of technology in support of student learning and to communicate and collaborate with peers, parents, and the larger community. On Day 2, learn to use technology resources to engage in ongoing professional development and lifelong learning. Workshop will be held in a computer lab and participants are encouraged to bring own devices. Participants are required to present a picture ID. Lunch will be provided.

14UBUS547
July 28 and July 30 (2 meetings)
Monday and Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Alan Bobalik, instructor
18 PGPs
$180 Fee includes materials.
Register here.

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