Learning Forever Professional Development
Learning Connections

advanced training for educators everywhere

This series of conversations explores various teaching issues, strategies, content and curriculum, management tools, and a host of research-based material that is now accessible, for the first time, to a national audience.

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  Online Professional Development

 
 Gifted Education Matters

 Learning Connections

 NES/AEPA Content Reviews

 45 Hour SEI Endorsements



Common Core Connections
This brief, on-line session will expose educators to the basics of the new Arizona Common Core Standards and an overview of the instructional ‘shifts’ to classroom instruction. Participants will learn the new terms, be able to go through the new materials, and understand the concept and design by the Common Core Standards.

2/21/13
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Teena Flesher
Online
FREE
Fostering Middle School Students' Collaborative Creativity in STEM Settings
This professional development opportunity uses investigations, reflections, readings, and live discussion to focus on structuring a predictable environment in which students feel safe to explore and create within structured bounded constraints.
5/9/13
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Michelle Jordan and Mia DeLaRosa
Online
FREE


about the instructors

Teena Flesher is an instructor and a supervisor of student teachers within the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Flesher earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and her master’s degree from Northern Arizona University. She has taught elementary education and gifted students for many years in addition to working as a gifted specialist in several local school districts.



Teena Flesher
Michelle Jordan Dr. Michelle Jordan earned her PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, focusing her studies on learning, cognition, and motivation with an emphasis on classroom discourse. She joined the Division of Teacher Preparation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University as an assistant professor of Educational Psychology in 2010. Partnering with teachers and researchers across multiple contexts, Michelle's research agenda investigates individual, partner and group learning, particularly as they occur in authentic collaborative tasks. She explores the relationships among peer interactions, the experiences they facilitate, and their potential to extend human learning. She is particularly interested in how middle grade students use their peer collaborators to manage uncertainty while engaged in engineering design projects. Before becoming an assistant professor, Michelle spent eleven years as an elementary school music teacher, facilitating many collaborative creative products with her students.
Michelle Jordan


Mia DeLaRosa received her BA in in Elementary Education from Arizona State
University in 2004.  She went on to receive her Masters in Educational Leadership and Principal Certificate from Northern Arizona University in 2007.  Mia is highly qualified to teach middle grades math, science, and language arts.  She also has her full ESL endorsement. For the past three years Mia DeLaRosa has taught seventh and eighth grade science at Sevilla West School in Phoenix, Arizona. The previous five years she taught sixth grade at the same school.  During this time Mia has participated in several district level committees and leadership cohorts.  Mia has been directly involved with district-wide initiatives including technology integration, Just In Time Assessments, curriculum pacing guides, and implementation of a research based, hands-on science curriculum. Her work included the initial training of teachers and later staff development for science content and inquiry-based teaching skills.   In addition to her work in the Alhambra Elementary School District, Mia has worked closely with FOSS as a professional development facilitator.  She also worked with Project WET at the University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension.  There, she developed, implemented, and facilitated professional development for educators in the city of Phoenix.