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Amber Bechard

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Dr. Amber Bechard is a full-time Associate Professor at the University of La Verne in California. She has 31 years of classroom experience across special education, kindergarten and English Language Arts. She holds a M.Ed. in Special Education from National Louis University, an Ed.D in Curriculum & Instruction from Aurora University and National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Literacy.

Dr. Bechard has a recently published a book chapter titled One Teacher’s Journey: Evolving Teacher Identity and Practice and the Changing Sociopolitical Context of Education published January 2017 in Challenges Associated with Cross-Cultural and At-Risk Student Engagement. Her research interests include Twice Exceptional Students, inclusive education and international immersion for educators.

This course is designed to help K–12 teachers navigate the ever-growing complexities of the education profession while simultaneously helping them to balance their lives and careers. Teachers will learn the tenets of Positive Psychology (Seligman) and related theories and strategies. These, in turn, will provide the foundation for increasing personal and professional resilience, maintaining flexibility, and tending to physical and mental health as a basis to improve classroom experiences for all. Teachers will also survey current initiatives, standards, and skills, such as the Common Core State Standards, RtI, the Danielson Evaluation model, the Flipped Class model, and 21st century skills. 
This course is designed to provide an overview of and foundation for writing including current research components and practice.  Participants of this course will examine current writing research, study classroom pedagogy, and explore critical writing components as they apply to the 21st century classroom.  Foundational work will include studying the spectrum of writing development as well as learning to use mentor texts in the writing process.  Participants will examine teaching strategies to enhance specific genres of writing and develop sound assessment in both formative and summative measure.   Participants will evaluate a classroom culture of writing as well as implement and reflect on their own current practice.
Course #: SPC17122

Content-Area Teaching


Online Self-Paced

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