EDI 501 Circle Processes in School Settings (1 SH)
Explores ways to build a positive classroom climate for learning and resolve behavior problems within a caring community. Describes how circle processes can assist the classroom teacher to provide an orderly and reflective environment that reinforces positive values for student learning.
EDI 611 The Bullying Phenomenon in Schools: How Can We Create Healthy School Communities? (1-3 SH)
Focuses on recognizing the bully-victim-bystander power dynamic that perpetuates overt and covert bullying in school and cyber-bullying in the community. Participants will explore research-based strategies for developing healthy school climates and patterns of relating to others that discourages harmful behaviors among students and educators. The course presents a restorative approach to discipline when bullying occurs in schools.
EDI 621 Restorative Discipline: Accountability & Restoration in Schools (1-3 SH)
Applies restorative justice principles to individual student, classroom, school and community practices that support safe, caring schools. Designed for teachers, counselors, administrators, social workers and others who work with discipline issues in K-12 schools. Participants learn how to facilitate classroom meetings and family group conferences.
EDIC 511 Teaching Middle East Issues to Middle & High School Students (3 SH)
Examines the historical, political and cultural context of the Middle East. Students will participate in a one-day study seminar to Washington, DC.
EDIC 531 The History of Cultural and Religious Diversity in Pennsylvania: Meanings for Classroom Teachers (3 SH)
Focuses on the experience and contributions of Mennonites and other religious groups in eastern Pennsylvania. Implications for cultural and religious diversity in today’s classroom are explored.
EDIC 551 Teaching Science as Inquiry (3 SH)
Designed for the in-service elementary or middle school teacher of science. Examines various research-based methods and strategies of teaching elementary and middle school science as reflected in the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) content and process standards. Inquiry-oriented hands-on activities will be used to demonstrate how the processes of science generate broad connections. Students in this course will critically examine their current instructional practice and together craft new approaches to teaching inquiry in the science classroom.
EDIC 571 Strategies for Teaching Gifted Learners (3 SH)
Examines conceptions and misconceptions about gifted learners and presents ways in which classrooms can be stretched and adapted to address learning needs. EDIC 571 Teaching Civilization of the Roman Empire (3 SH)
EDID 531 Understanding and Affirming Diversity in the Classroom (1 SH)
Explores approaches to help children and adolescents interact more positively and overcome intolerance. This reflective and activity-based workshop will examine underlying theory and research, as well as provide opportunities to practice strategies in small group participatory activities.
EDID 541 Religious Diversity in the Classroom (3 SH)
Focuses on a historical and comparative study of selected world religions and their implications in the classroom.
EDID 561 Conversational Spanish For Educators (3 SH)
Provides educators with an introduction to useful words and phrases for Spanish communication in the classroom.Teachers will acquire tools for communication in a culturally responsive framework and will also gain a basic understanding of the components of the target language.
EDIL 501 Language, Phonics and Vocabulary Development (3 SH)
Encompasses language development from birth to adolescence including the development of phonology, syntax, morphology and semantics. The structures of English orthography in regards to spelling stages will be examined and appropriate teaching strategies and materials will be reviewed and practiced to advance the literacy of learners from grades K-8.
EDIL 551 Basics of Reading and Literacy (1 SH)
Develops an understanding of how children learn to read and write; examine current reading research based on the findings of the National Reading Panel; and consider its implication for classroom instruction.Special attention will be given to addressing the needs of struggling readers.
EDAI 511 Learning the Language of Community (3 SH)
Presents an overview of key concepts critical to successful operation within the Anabaptist Christian community including an introduction to the people, the organizations and the vision of the church.Three key questions are examined:What is the ethics base for Anabaptist Christian Education? What is discipleship within the Anabaptist Christian community? What do you believe and model about truth seeking?
EDAI 521 Understanding the Roots of Community (3 SH)
Explores the theology and history of the Anabaptist movement, inviting students to articulate the significance of this movement for themselves as person and teacher. Who are the Anabaptists? Where do they come from? What is their story? What do Anabaptists believe? How do I fit into or respond to this story?
EDAI 531 Building Caring Communities (3 SH)
Explores the essential components of a vibrant diverse community with attention to service, conflict transformation, respect, simplicity, social justice, and creation care. Seeks to prepare teachers for transformational leadership based on commitments inherent in Mennonite Education and Anabaptist Mennonite faith and practice.
EDAI 541 Shaping a Community of Learners (3 SH)
Examines personal values and beliefs that form the integrity of the teacher’s soul and ultimately the learning environment. Teachers reflect on their spiritual journey, craft a personal mission statement for teaching, and integrate faith seamlessly into their classroom instruction. Faith development for children and youth will inform teaching practice that is content and grade specific. Pedagogical methods will be introduced and/or reviewed for their congruence with Anabaptist Mennonite faith and practice.