Patrick Raleigh | Online Learning for Teachers pursuing Continuing Education and Professional Development | The Connecting Link

 

Patrick Raleigh

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"Why is it that in society if someone says 'Hey I can't do math, I am no good at it!' that many others respond by saying 'I know what you are talking about, I can't do it either!' and everyone laughs and cuts up BUT if someone says 'Hey I can't read or write, I am no good at it!' the whole room goes quiet, eyes shift to the floor and everyone walks away from that person like something was wrong with them." – Patrick Raleigh

Patrick has been an educator for 17 years. He began his working career in the financial arena. Although he liked his work, he felt like something was missing. Patrick then went to back to school to receive his master's degree in Education. He has never regretted the decision to become a teacher and has enjoyed every day.

Patrick has a broad range of teaching experiences including 6th grade Math, 8th grade Science, 8th grade U.S. History, and 8th grade Math. However, his favorite classes are Algebra and Geometry. These are two classes where there are so many real world applications.

Outside of school Patrick loves being outdoors: running in the woods, biking through farmlands, or teeing it up on the golf course. In addition to being active he enjoys hanging by the pool and reading a good book. His family is so important to him. His wife of over 20 years is his rock. His three children are active and keep them both busy. One is playing college lacrosse, one is super involved in chorus and his youngest loves school.   

Patrick says the reason he teaches is to learn. Working with teachers is best part of this career. “You can always learn something from other teachers if you are open to it. Be open!”

Participants in this course will learn about the multi-tiered Response to Intervention (RTI) model and how it can assist in increasing student achievement, foster classroom engagement, be an alternative avenue for student identification of special services, and learn practical strategies and tools to implement essential components of Response to Intervention (RTI) in a variety of classroom and school settings. The course will expose participants to needed skills and techniques to develop a partnership to use RTI strategies and explore researched-based methodologies to remediate students. A comprehensive roadmap will be followed to learn how to implement RTI, assess students in a variety of mediums, and differentiate instruction using a plethora of RTI interventions.
This course is designed to help educators build a classroom structure where all students feel empowered and included in the classroom environment. Through the use of videos, readings, personal reflection, and online forum questions, participants will experience the multicultural classroom, as well as learn methods to implement strategies in their own classroom. Participants will learn to shape and maintain learning conditions that facilitate a multicultural perspective during instruction, including how to identify and promote diversity, multicultural learning styles, create culturally aware lesson plans and activities, using social emotional learning strategies to impact classroom management, and strategies/ideas to educate parents on the multicultural classroom. Participants will leave the course with resources and strategies to reach students in a variety of cultures and educate them on the importance of understanding a multicultural classroom and the benefits of being multiculturally competent.
Course #: GMF20511
Dates: 11/16/20 - 12/13/20
Categories:

Equity & Diversity Positive Classroom Management

Format:

Online Structured

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Participants in this course will examine methodologies to facilitate the growth of curiosity and creativity in their students. Participants will learn how developing a classroom culture of curiosity and creativity can foster engaged and effective learning. Research suggests that increasing curiosity and creativity in a classroom can lead to a more student-centered classroom. Techniques to develop curiosity and creativity that leads to student engagement and achievement will be researched and explored. Foundational work in this course will include the research on developing creativity and curiosity strategies from simple to complex, lesson planning, and using project-based learning to enhance the classroom. Participants will synthesize these paradigms and leave the course with a better understanding of how to assess and develop creative and curious thought in their students, improve classroom culture through use of innovative strategies, develop an expertise in their own classroom to foster a creative environment, and foster the growth of curious learners to solve problems creatively.
Course #: GMW21502
Dates: 04/19/21 - 05/16/21
Categories:

Positive Classroom Management Instructional Strategies

Format:

Online Structured

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Participants in this course will examine how social media is an integral part of the school community. The positive and negative impact of social media on the school community will be discussed and explored. Participants will learn strategies to navigate social media concerns and issues. The course will help educators learn about norms in digital citizenship and how to plan and integrate social media tools in their classroom and school community. Social media frameworks for projects, lesson plans, and school functions will be reviewed. Participants will leave the course with social media tools to engage their students in new learning mediums and improve the classroom and school community environment.
Course #: GMW21506
Dates: 02/22/21 - 03/21/21
Categories:

21st-Century Teaching

Format:

Online Structured

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This course will educate participants on the difference of a fixed or growth mindset, and how Appreciative Inquiry (AI) can cultivate the classroom environment into a place of risk taking and success. Participants will learn about their own mindset and how it impacts students, as well as techniques for evaluating the growth mindset, strategies for reframing failures to successes, and devising lesson plans with the growth mindset in mind. Participants will also learn about Appreciative Inquiry and how it is among the growing trend of approaches to human development and organizational change. Focus on the power of positive question and imagery, sharing stories, and implementation of Dr. David Cooperrider’s 4-D cycle will be reviewed, along with implementation strategies. Participants will leave the course understanding how to create a dynamic classroom that fosters growth and compassion; that will create bonds with students to push them further and increase test scores.
Course #: IMW21508
Dates: 05/24/21 - 06/20/21
Categories:

Positive Classroom Management Instructional Strategies

Format:

Interactive

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This course provides participants with a solid framework for planning, implementing and maintaining successful co-teaching relationships that improve the learning instruction of all students. Participants will reflect on the definition of co-teaching, components of the co-teaching relationship, examine a variety of co-teaching models and how they support student learning, and evaluate their current co-teaching programs. Participants will leave the course knowing several co-teaching practices between general and special education teachers, as well as, between two general education teachers in the same classroom, and how to effectively work as a co-teaching partner to create opportunities for success for all learners.
This course is designed to enable the K–16 educator to examine the impact of the Digital Age upon student learning.  It will interpret the implication of 21st century skills to enhance the teaching and learning experience. This course prepares educators seeking ways to expand their teaching expertise with particular emphasis on methods and strategies for uses of the major components of the Microsoft Office Suite®—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access—to evaluate, plan, and design Digital Age learning experiences to engage students as well as increase teacher productivity.
Course #: SPC16106
Categories:

Technology Tools for the Classroom

Format:

Online Self-Paced

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