COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Level One

Year One

EDTL 600 (3 units)
Exploring Teaching and Learning Leadership
Learning community members will begin investigating and transforming their beliefs about teaching and learning. Current best practices will be shared to increase participants' competence in planning, designing and delivering instruction to all students. Participants will demonstrate subject matter knowledge, based on content standards and frameworks.

EDTL 610 (3 units)
Connecting Teaching and Learning Practices
Participants will apply concepts of learning, teaching and reflection, both independently and collaboratively. Learners will apply, document and demonstrate their learning between sessions through participation in Learning Community sessions (requires two sessions in addition to Saturday seminars).

Year Two

EDTL 700 (3 units)
Developing Teaching and Learning Practices
Learning community members will further examine teaching and learning practices. The development of individual learning plans using an inquiry-based model will guide participants toward demonstrating continued professional growth.
(Pre-requisite: EDUC 600 - intended for second year participants)

EDTL 710 (3 units)
Investigating Reflective learning
Participants continue to apply concepts of learning, teaching and reflection, both independently and collaboratively. Learners will apply, document and demonstrate their learning between sessions through participation in Learning Community sessions (requires two sessions in addition to Saturday seminars).

 

Level Two - Master's Standing

Year Three

Summer Courses

EDTL 800 (3 units)
Building a Community of Learners Through Critical Reflection
In this course candidates will explore their personal beliefs that guide their practice. Effective instructional strategies and techniques for differentiation as it relates to their content will be explored. Understanding action research will be covered and candidates will develop inquiry questions to investigate.

EDTL 810 (3 units)
Implementing Effective Teaching Techniques
Teaching and learning practices and theories will be examined. Effective teaching techniques and presentation skills will be practiced and critiqued. The focus of this course is to develop effective communication, collaboration and presentation skills with students, parents, colleagues and the community.

Fall Courses

EDTL 820 (3 units)
Articulating an Area of Inquiry: Bridging Theory and Practice
Candidates will refine what it means to be a teacher leader. The action research inquiry will be refined and a through review of the literature conducted as a means of understanding one's own teaching and learning practices. The principles of constructivism will be explored. Candidates will understand the provisions for National Board Certification and the impact on their goals as a change agent in the schools.

EDTL 830 (3 units)
Developing Areas of Inquiry: Research and Practice
Candidates will design a plan to conduct their action research design in their classrooms. They will apply the components of data collection for the action research process through data collection and analysis of student work. The backwards design model will be shared and applied to project planning. Strategies for improving classroom environment and increasing opportunities for student learning will be shared.

Spring Courses: Research Strand

EDTL 840 (3 units)
Demonstrating Professional Growth Experiences: Reflections and Projections
Candidates will demonstrate their significant learning through portfolio development and analyzing data, findings and conclusions from their action research inquiry project. Professional presentations that have been conducted will be shared in a special seminar. Advisors will meet independently with learners to assist and support action research project completion.

EDTL 850 (3 units)
Documenting Professional Growth: Completing Action Research
The intent of this course is for learners to complete their action research independently and to document and communicate their inquiry investigation. Learners will present their findings at a Teaching Leadership Colloquium. Learners will continue to apply, document and demonstrate their professional growth to complete requirements with their learning community advisor

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Moraga, CA 94575
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