Superintendent Approved Courses 2017-18

* All Approved Courses at University of Nebraska - Omaha

MPS staff members who are currently at the BA+36, MA+36, Specialist, or Doctorate level can receive approval for salary advancement by completing a course specifically approved by the Superintendent. These classes are part of the “approved” classes per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Millard Public Schools and the Millard Education Association.

Please note: Any MPS staff member may enroll whether they are at BA+36, MA+36, Specialist or Doctorate level.

These courses have been pre-approved; however, you still need to complete a pre-approval form located on the MPS Human Resources website. Questions may be directed to Mr. Mitch Mollring, Director of Personnel 402-715-8200 or

For questions regarding the classes, contact MPS Director of Staff Development & Instructional Improvement, Dr. Todd Tripple

at (402-715-8418 or

Registration Questions?

For current UNO graduate students, go to mavlink to enroll.

If you have not taken a UNO graduate class within the last 4 years:

1) Apply for admission to graduate studies online at MPS staff may apply as a non-degree seeking student if they want to take a class without being admitted to a degree program (transcripts aren’t needed).

Questions? - Contact the UNO Office of Graduate Studies at

2) Pay the $45 application fee;

3) 48 hours after submitting your online application, sign in to mavlink to view student messages and to enroll.

Culturally Responsive Teaching (UNO Course) - FALL 2017/SPRING 2018

TED 8180

Instructor: Abby Burke (Fall 2017), Ferial Pearson (Spring 2018)

Location Site: UNO Campus, Roskens Hall 401

Credit Hours: 3

Fall 2017: Saturday 1:30-5:30 on the following days: Aug 26, Sep 30, Nov 4, Dec 2

Spring 2018: Saturday 1:30-5:30 on the following days: Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 7

Wondering how to build significant relationships with your students, focus student learning on academic content and encourage critical thinking skills all at the same time? Welcome to Culturally Responsive Teaching! In this graduate course, we focus on the instructional and classroom management knowledge and skills needed to teach students in today’s diverse classrooms. What does this look like in the classroom and what impact do culturally relevant approaches have on student learning? Join us for the partially online course to learn more about teaching other people’s children.

Data-Driven Decision Making for Educators (UNO Course) - SUMMER/FALL 2017

TED 8050

Instructor: Kelly Gomez-Johnson (Summer 2017), Neal Grandgenett (Fall 2017)

Location Site: UNO Campus, Roskens Hall 408 (Summer 2017), Roskens Hall 402 (Fall 2017)

Credit Hours: 3

Summer 2017: Saturday 8:00-12:00 on the following days: May 20, June 3, June 17, July 1

Fall 2017: Saturday 8:30-12:30 on the following days: Aug 26, Sep 30, Nov 4, Dec 2

Spring 2018: Friday 5:00-9:00 on the following days: Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 6

With so much information at our fingertips, how do we decide what is and isn’t meaningful and how we can use the appropriate information to inform our instruction? Come join us for the partially online course for hands-on experience in creating and interpreting reliable assessments. Come build data models that identify student, classroom, program, and school needs to systematically enhance decision making from a base of carefully collected information. Experience models that can be integrated into student lessons to not only teach more effectively with data-driven decisions, but to also be able to teach students about data-driven decision making. This course uses analysis strategies with technologies such as cloud computing, tablet computers and smartphones to help educators find the “educational story” represented by a set of carefully collected data points.

Inventions and Innovations in Engineering Education (UNO Course) SPRING 2018

TED 8860

Instructor: Derrick Nero

Location Site: UNO Campus

Credit Hours: 3

Spring 2018: Saturday 1:00-5:00 on the following days: Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 7

This graduate course is taught by a former engineer and middle school educator who is passionate about improving Engineering Education teaching and learning by providing in-service K12 STEM teachers with knowledge and skills in emerging trends in STEM education. K12 STEM teachers will receive applicable, hands-on, classroom-ready experiences through lecture, professional instruction, and projects related to product manufacturing that use the Engineering Design Process. The Engineering Design Process will be central to the graduate candidates’ experiences in this course and will be used by the graduate candidates to develop curriculum utilizing emerging trends to supplement current course content. Join us to learn how you can use these experiences to introduce your students to engineering!