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UW-RF To Offer Specialized Courses to Educators

September 2, 1998

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is offering professional development credit outreach seminars for teachers this year in subject areas such as building balanced reading programs, setting up discipline techniques, giving attention to deficit disorders, using the Internet, mathematical problem solving, and teaching in the energized classroom.

Classes will be held in New Richmond, Rice Lake, and River Falls. All classes are offered for either undergraduate or graduate credit.

"Catch the Wave: Build a Balanced Reading Program," a one- or two-credit seminar offered at New Richmond, will present an overview on the strategies used to build a balanced reading program for all students. Instructor Lowell Gillette will conduct the sessions from 4:30-7:30 p.m., on Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan.. 21, Feb. 18, and March 18 at Suzannah's Restaurant. There is a registration fee is in addition to the university credit tuition.

"Discipline Techniques That Work in the Classroom: From K-12," is offered at UW-RF for one credit and will focus on discipline techniques that avoid power struggles, and encourage a classroom atmosphere of cooperation, responsibility and respect. John Brickner, a certified counselor who has worked with adolescents for over 15 years in the classroom, as a counselor, and as a parent. The class will be held Nov. 13 from 4:30-9 p.m., and Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. held in the President's Room of the Hagstead Student Center.

"Seminar in School Psychology: Attention Deficit Disorders," is a one- credit seminar that will address the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD. This hands-on seminar is designed for teachers, psychologists and school administrators. It will be held at the UW-Barron County Campus in Ritzinger Hall on Tuesdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 5-7:30 p.m. The instructor is Professor Doug Smith.

"Cruising the Information Superhighway" is a two-credit hands-on seminar that will help participants develop skills needed for the use of the Internet and will give them an awareness of how telecommunications can be used as an instructional tool. This includes instruction in the areas of E-mail, news groups, and the World Wide Web. Marla Hall will be the instructor.

The class will be at UW-RF in the Ames Teacher Building in Room A116 on Saturdays, Oct. 17 and 24, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Tuesdays, Oct. 20 and 27 5-9 p.m. Registration deadline is Oct/ 9.

"Internet Web Design and Development," is a two-credit class that teaches participants how to create a Web page. Lab time will be included to allow students to create a personalized school or business Web site. This class will be held Saturdays, Nov. 7 & 14, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and also Tuesdays, Nov. 10 and 17, 5-9 p.m. Marla Hall will be instructing the seminar in the Ames Teacher Building, Room A116. Registration deadline is Oct. 29.

"Issues: Teaching in the Energized Classroom" will give participants a chance to analyze their energy levels as well as their classrooms, examine the language arts, performing arts, and creative arts as a means of energizing the classroom, to develop strategies for using "energizing activities" and to experiment with the "energies" produced through movement , speech, music and many more subjects. This seminar will be held at UW-RF in Rodli Commons on Oct. 23, 4:30-9 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Registration deadline is Oct. 15.

A self-paced video course is offered collaboratively by UW-River Falls and UW-Stout on the topics of school law, private enterprise in schools, inner city relations and global community relations on.

Two college-by-cassette courses will be offered this year. "Issues: Student Groups! High Performance Learning," is one of the seminars 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. "Issues: Creating Student Self-Esteem" is the second seminar that will teach strategies to raise self-esteem, including recognizing destructive behavior and the causes of low self-esteem. Both will be instructed by Dr. Judy Cooper. Students will receive two credits upon the completion of either class.

To register for video courses through UW-River Falls call 800/228-5607, or through UW-Stout call 800/45-STOUT. You may register for these courses from Sept. 8-Nov. 6. Spring registration will be January 25-April 2, 1999.

For additional information on course content, fees or tuition cost, contact the College of Education & Graduate Studies Outreach. at 715/425-3556, or write to the College at UW-River Falls, 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls, WI 54022.

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