Specialized Courses

Jan.16, 1998

UW-RF, Cooper to Offer Specialized Courses to Teachers

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Department of Continuing Education Extension and Dr. Judy Cooper have teamed up to offer professional development credit outreach seminars for teachers this spring in subject areas such as teaching decision-making, increasing student self-esteem, and creating a more effective learning environment.

Classes will be held in River Falls, Osceola, Prescott, and presented on video. All classes are offered for either undergraduate or graduate credit.

Cooper has been a professional educator for 35 years. She has taught at all levels and has administrative experience as a special education director, elementary and junior high school principal, high school assistant principal and assistant superintendent. Recently, Cooper has authored a number of books for teachers and parents addressing vital topics about children. She is heavily involved with teacher training nationally, presenting in about 100 districts per year. With her dynamic and enthusiastic style, students leave Cooper's classes motivated and eager to put new skills into action.

"Grouping Students for Effective Learning," a one-credit seminar offered at UW-River Falls, will present an overview of using groups, choosing effective group size, creating responsibility for group work, learning techniques for grading and team-teaching, and more. The seminar will be held Friday, Jan. 23, 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 24, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration fee is $20 plus tuition. Registration deadline is Jan. 19.

"Teaching Decision Making in the Classroom" is offered in Osceola for one credit and will cover a variety of decision-making strategies, problem-solving techniques, and conflict resolution strategies as well as understanding and coping effectively with decision consequences and stress.

The class will be held Friday, Feb. 6, 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration fee is $40 plus tuition. Registration deadline is Jan. 28. This class will also be offered at Prescott High School Friday, April 3, 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 4, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12:45-4:30 p.m. Registration fee is $10 plus tuition. Registration deadline is March 25.

Two self-paced video courses are offered collaboratively by UW-River Falls and UW-Stout.

"Student Groups! High Performance Learning" is a two-credit course that teaches the most advanced, most successful student grouping strategies. Participants will learn the skills to create highly functioning student learning groups in a classroom charged with enthusiasm, high motivation, and quality end products.

"Increasing Student Self-esteem," a two-credit course, teaches strategies to raise self esteem, including recognizing destructive behavior and the causes of low self-esteem, using classroom activities to build esteem, teaching student motivation and self-monitoring techniques, and more. Participants must name a study partner for this class: someone who is not enrolled in the course but has committed to working with the participant in completing discussions and activities. For group enrollment, send all registrations together.

To register for video courses through UW-River Falls call 800/228-5607, through UW-Stout call 800/45-STOUT. Registration for spring semester credit is from Jan. 20-April 5, for summer credit, from May 25-July 17. Registration is encouraged at least two weeks before begining a video course so that appropriate materials can be mailed.

For additional course information contact Cooper at 800/383-9504. For more information on the credit outreach seminars or to request credit registration materials, contact the UW-River Falls Department of Continuing Education Extension at 715/425-3256, or write RDI, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022.

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