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ESOL
Investigate the core areas of ESOL instruction: methods of teaching, curriculum and materials, testing and evaluation, cross-cultural understanding, and applied linguistics. This program provides content that is appropriate for a national audience. In Florida, it targets teachers of language arts and reading.
Florida ESOL Endorsement Quick Fact Sheet
Explore issues related to teaching English-language learners (ELLs) in the content areas. These courses provide various options for content-area teachers to gain an understanding of effective ESOL instruction. Florida's Category 2 teachers (math, science, socials studies, and computer literacy) may meet ESOL requirements by completing one of the 60-hour ESOL endorsement courses or ESOL: Issues and Strategies. (Check district requirements.) Florida's Category 3 teachers (electives) may meet their requirement by completing ESOL: An Overview.
ESOL for Content-Area Teachers Quick Fact Sheet
Meet the challenge of educating a multicultural student population by understanding the background, legal requirements, and instructional strategies for English language learners (ELLs).

Gifted
Explore five key areas of gifted education: nature and needs, special populations, curriculum and instructional strategies, creativity, and guidance and counseling. All courses include both instructional components and application activities that align with the objectives for the Florida K-12 Gifted Endorsement. Courses are listed in the suggested order for completion. Check with your district staff development office for credit eligibility toward Gifted Endorsement.Gifted Endorsement Quick Fact Sheet

Mathematics
Beacon Educator's math program consists of four in-depth courses that provide close examination of math concepts leading to skill development. Each course offers classroom examples for coherent curriculum that is focused on important topics in mathematics.
K-8 Math Courses Quick Fact Sheet

New Teacher
Explore your role as a student advocate and become proactive as you learn management strategies, practice decision-making skills, and use a standards-based lesson planning process to guide your instructional planning.
New Teachers Quick Fact Sheet

Professional Development Certification
Participants must take all the courses listed below, in addition to meeting other district-specific requirements. We recommend taking courses in the order listed. Participants must also complete one 60-hour ESOL course. Check with your district to select the course from our ESOL page.
Professional Development Certification Quick Fact Sheet

Professional Growth
Explore your role as a student advocate and become proactive as you learn management strategies, practice decision-making skills, and use a standards-based lesson planning process to guide your instructional planning.
Professional Growth Quick Fact Sheet

Reading
Explore six core areas of reading: oral language, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. Included in each of the interactive courses in this series are both instructional components and application activities. The courses are designed to be completed sequentially, culminating in the practicum (Reading 5). Content aligns to the indicators for Florida's K-12 Reading Endorsement.
Reading Endorsement Quick Fact Sheet
Implement reading strategies—as well as reasoning and writing instruction—that give students the tools they need to comprehend text in your content area. Courses are specifically designed to enhance the ability of content-area teachers to deliver reading instruction.
Reading Strategies Quick Fact Sheet

Students With Disabilities (SWD)
Explore these highly interactive, self-paced modules on current educational issues. Participants must score 80% or better on an end-of-course mastery assessment.
On Demand Module Quick Fact Sheet

Individual Purchase


SWD: ESE for All Educators (SB 1108)
Instructional | Students With Disabilities (SWD) |

Explore the characteristics and learning needs of students with disabilities. Identify appropriate instructional strategies. Review the legal requirements for providing services and supports. Examine accommodations and modifications provided during instruction and assessment. This module addresses the needs of Students with Disabilities (SWD).

This module replaces On Demand: ESE for All Educators (SWD-SB 1108). It can only be taken once per certification period.

Cost:
40.00
Credit Hours:
20
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
July 01, 2019 - December 31, 2019
SWD: Managing Challenging Student Behaviors (SB 1108)
Instructional | Non-Instructional | Students With Disabilities (SWD) |

Compare students with identified emotional disabilities to those with acting-out behaviors. Review instructional and behavioral strategies for managing difficult classroom behaviors within the RtI/MtSS framework. Develop an awareness level knowledge of psychotropic medications and accompanying side effects. This is the second module in the Beacon Educator series that addresses the needs of Students with Disabilities (SWD).

This module replaces On Demand: Managing Challenging Student Behaviors (SB 1108). It  can only be taken once per certification period.

Cost:
40.00
Credit Hours:
20
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
July 01, 2019 - December 31, 2019
Classroom Management for Paraprofessionals & Substitutes
Non-Instructional | Professional Growth |

Learn ways to proactively manage students and resources for the classroom. Identify what should be accomplished before students arrive, during student contact time, and after students leave.

Cost:
4.00
Credit Hours:
2
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Common Core : An Overview of Standards
Instructional | Common Core |

Learn how and why the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed. Compare the CCSS and current Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS). Investigate how the CCSS will affect classroom instruction and consider the effects of CCSS for students and parents.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Common Core 6-12: Disciplinary Literacy
Instructional | Common Core |

Investigate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. Explore text complexity and close reading. Examine instructional and assessment practices. Understand the impact of the CCSS on struggling students, ELLs, and students with disabilities.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Common Core 6-12: English Language Arts (ELA)
Instructional | Common Core |

Explore the CCSS ELA (6-12), including the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards. Investigate classroom implementation of the standards. Learn about the consortia developing assessments for the CCSS.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Common Core 6-8: Mathematics
Instructional | Common Core | Mathematics |

Explore the CCSS Math (6-8), including the College and Career Ready Mathematical Practice Standards. Investigate classroom implementation of the standards.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Common Core 9-12: Mathematics
Instructional | Common Core | Mathematics |

Explore the CCSS Math (9-12), including the College and Career Ready Mathematical Practice Standards. Investigate classroom implementation of the standards.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Common Core K-5: English Language Arts (ELA)
Instructional | Common Core | Literacy |

Explore the CCSS ELA (K-5), including the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards. Investigate classroom implementation of the standards. Learn about the consortia developing assessments for the CCSS.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Common Core K-5: Mathematics
Instructional | Common Core | Mathematics |

Explore the CCSS Math (K-5), including the College and Career Ready Mathematical Practice Standards. Investigate classroom implementation of the standards.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Community Trauma: Strategies for the Classroom - UNDER DEVELOPMENT
Administrative | Instructional | Non-Instructional | Instructional Practices |

Explore the positive impact teachers can have on students following large-scale traumatic events.  Learn to provide support to students through coping strategies and interactive classroom activities that help students face the consequences of trauma both inside and outside of the classroom environment.

Cost:
6.00
Credit Hours:
3
Ethics for M-DCPS

Explore the code of ethics for educators recommended by the National Education Association (NEA) and the Association of American Educators (AAE). Learn the basic principles of ethical expectations and potential consequences for not following them. This module provides an overview of the Florida Code of Ethics for Educators and the Principles of Professional Conduct. THIS MODULE WAS CUSTOMIZED TO SERVE EDUCATORS FROM MIAMI-DADE SCHOOLS.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
HR: Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
Administrative | Instructional | Non-Instructional | Human Resources |

Learn practical skills for understanding and resolving conflict in today’s changing workplace. Discover strategies for handling difficult people and alternative dispute methods.

Cost:
24.00
Credit Hours:
12
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
HR: Diversity in the Workplace
Administrative | Instructional | Non-Instructional | Human Resources |

Review legal and ethical issues involving stereotyping, racism, prejudice, and discrimination. Explore and apply methods for improving cross-cultural communication and enhance cultural diversity in the workplace.

Cost:
6.00
Credit Hours:
3
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
HR: Effective Customer Service
Administrative | Instructional | Non-Instructional | Human Resources |

Learn strategies to anticipate and provide effective customer service that meet the needs of all stakeholders in the educational environment. Explore the principles of effective communication to work effectively with others and prevent conflicts.

Cost:
6.00
Credit Hours:
3
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Instructional Practices: Argumentation
Instructional | Instructional Practices |

Identify the role of argumentation in using evidence to evaluate and substantiate assertions Learn the core components of argumentation. Explore strategies for teaching argumentation in a variety of classroom environments.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Instructional Practices: Classroom Management
Instructional | Instructional Practices |

Explore management strategies that lead to improved student motivation and achievement across all content areas and grade levels. Identify methods for creating a positive collaborative learning environment.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Instructional Practices: Differentiated Instruction
Instructional | Instructional Practices |

Acquire an understanding of differentiated instruction within the K-12 environment. Recognize the purpose of differentiated instruction as it relates to content mastery. Identify strategies included in the planning and instructional processes.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Instructional Practices: Questioning by Students
Instructional | Instructional Practices |

Explore how students can use questioning techniques as a learning tool to become better problem solvers and critical thinkers. Explore strategies for teaching students to create effective questions, to use a range of question types, and to improve question quality.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Instructional Practices: Questioning Techniques
Instructional | Instructional Practices |

Recognize the importance of using questioning techniques to assess student understanding and drive instruction. Gain an understanding of how to develop questions that vary in complexity and align to the content. Identify strategies for using questioning techniques in the classroom.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Literacy: Close Reading
Instructional | Literacy | Reading |

Recognize that learning to read complex text closely prepares students for college and careers. Explore the process of conducting close readings with students. Identify strategies for scaffolding close reading instruction.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Literacy: Disciplinary Literacy
Instructional | Literacy |

Examine the unique ways each discipline requires students to think about the subject area. Explore the role of collaboration and various literacy strategies to increase student achievement across the content areas.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Literacy: Understanding Text Complexity
Instructional | Literacy | Reading |

Recognize the need for complex text in preparing students to be college and career ready. Explore the components of text complexity used to identify appropriate texts for readers. Identify strategies for using complex texts in the classroom.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Math: Gateway to Algebra 6-8
Instructional | Mathematics |

Explore the Critical Foundations of Algebra - whole numbers, fractions, and geometry & measurement. Investigate specific key concepts using activities that highlight major themes. Learn to use scaffolding techniques to build student learning through algebraic thinking.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Math: Standards of Practice 9-12
Instructional | Mathematics |

Acquire strategies for embedding the eight mathematical practices into everyday instruction. Identify changes in instructional practice necessary to engage students in mathematical thinking and understanding.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
On Demand: Building Relationships with Parents
Administrative | Instructional | Non-Instructional | Professional Growth |

Learn to build relationships with parents to enhance students' academic growth. Explore a variety of techniques to increase parent involvement.

Cost:
12.00
Credit Hours:
6
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
On Demand: Co-Teaching Compliance
Instructional | Professional Growth |

Learn strategies for co-teaching and cooperative planning that impact academic achievement.

Cost:
8.00
Credit Hours:
4
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Professional Practices for Paraprofessionals & Substitutes
Non-Instructional | Professional Growth |

Gain an awareness of school safety and security procedures, educational liability, professional responsibilities, and ethics. The video-based module uses scenarios to provoke consideration of five topics: creating a positive learning environment, eliminating harassing behaviors, promoting safety and classroom order, maintaining professional distance, and practicing professionalism with colleagues and community.

Cost:
18.00
Credit Hours:
9
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
TIP: Assessment
Instructional | New Teacher |

Explore the use of formative and summative assessments. Develop an understanding of using assessment data to measure achievement and drive student learning.

Cost:
4.00
Credit Hours:
2
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
TIP: Assessment and Accountability (Bay)
Instructional | New Teacher |

Explore the use of formative and summative assessments. Develop an understanding of using assessment data to measure achievement and drive student learning. Review the six principles of the Assessment Practices and Principles (APSS) for Bay District schools. THIS MODULE WAS CUSTOMIZED TO SERVE EDUCATORS FROM BAY DISTRICT SCHOOLS.

Cost:
4.00
Credit Hours:
2
TIP: Confidentiality Issues
Instructional | New Teacher |

Learn about teachers' obligation to maintain confidentiality of student information as specified in the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida (Florida Code of Ethics).

Cost:
4.00
Credit Hours:
2
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
TIP: Differentiated Classroom
Instructional | New Teacher |

Explore strategies to individualize instruction to meet each student's needs.

Cost:
4.00
Credit Hours:
2
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
TIP: ESE 101
Instructional | New Teacher |

Learn the recognized categories of disabilities included in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program. Examine the general characteristics of each exceptionality and implications for addressing the students’ needs.

Cost:
4.00
Credit Hours:
2
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
TIP: ESOL Implications for the Classroom
Instructional | New Teacher |

Become familiar with state and federal laws that govern ESOL programs and your school district's ELL Plan. Identify ESOL teacher performance standards, timelines, ELL standards, and ESOL teacher strategies.

Cost:
4.00
Credit Hours:
2
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
TIP: Ethics
Instructional | New Teacher |

Learn about teachers' obligation to the student, the public, and the profession of education. Understand that teachers are held to a higher moral standard.

Cost:
4.00
Credit Hours:
2
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
TIP: Homeless Issues
Instructional | New Teacher |

Explore how teachers can help homeless students. Get ideas, learn the law, and understand rights of homeless students.

Cost:
4.00
Credit Hours:
2
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
TIP: Physical and Behavioral Indicators of Child Abuse
Instructional | New Teacher |

Learn to identify typical indicators of child abuse.

Cost:
4.00
Credit Hours:
2
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
TIP: Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Emotional Distress
Instructional | New Teacher |

Recognize signs of stress and depression in students. Identify how to help students deal with these issues.

Cost:
4.00
Credit Hours:
2
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019
TIP: Response to Intervention (RtI)
Instructional | New Teacher |

Investigate the Response to Intervention (RtI) model along with its stages. Identify how to identify the problem and options for intervention.

Cost:
4.00
Credit Hours:
2
July 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
December 01, 2018 - June 30, 2019