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Rita Guzman

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My name is Rita Guzman Ed.D.  I am originally from Joliet and continue to reside there.  I graduated from the University of St. Francis in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. I continued my education at National-Louis University and received an endorsement in Bilingual and English as a Second Language.  I then returned to USF to pursue a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a second Master’s degree specializing in Differentiated Instruction with a minor in Special Education. I returned to pursue a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. I have been with Valley View School District 365U for the past fifteen years.  I taught first grade bilingual and K-5 ESL.  I can honestly say that I love my current position as assistant principal.  However, I must admit that at times I do miss having my own classroom.  I enjoyed being an ESL teacher because it allows me to work with students who speak 37 different languages and it enabled me to learn more about individual cultures and customs.

When I am not working, what I enjoy the most is simply spending time with my family.  My wonderful family consists of my husband of nineteen years, Alex, and our two beautiful daughters.  Our fourteen year old, Brittney, is currently attending ninth grade and our active nine year old, Lindsey, is in fourth grade.  I enjoy listening to my daughters tell me about their day and going to the movies.

This course is designed to provide teachers with research-based, proactive practices, and habits of mind for transformative classroom leadership. Strategies for creating a high-functioning learning community can promote skills that are critical for success both in and outside the classroom. The following attributes of a transformative classroom will be explored: clarity of purpose, self-responsibility, relationships among students, and an increasing level of function over time (based on Schindler’s model of Transformative Classroom Management). Grounded with an inner purpose, key attitudes, and strategies, teachers will learn how to discern the underlying effective teacher-student interactions, so they can recognize how to proactively prevent misbehaviors and intervene effectively when misbehaviors occur. Self-assessment and reflection are built into the activities, projects, and discussions so that teachers can examine their dispositions and efficacy as educators.
Course #: SPC16109
Categories:

General Education

Format:

Online Self-Paced

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This course provides a survey into the major theories of language acquisition and their applications to the instruction and assessment of English language learners. K–12 educators will learn strategies to support English language learners in regular education classrooms. Special emphasis will be given to differentiation of lesson plans and activities to promote vocabulary development and reading skills for the English language learner.
Course #: SPC16105
Categories:

English Language Arts

Format:

Online Self-Paced

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