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Online Courses for Educators on the GO!
NOW AVAILABLE: 20 hour courses for VISNET Educators.
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Founded at the University of Virginia, in the U.S.A., CaseNEX has been a leader in online course design and delivery for over a decade. The curriculum is case study-based and is grounded in more than 15 years of university research. CaseNEX supports educational leaders through a technologically blended, problem-based approach. Multimedia "slices of life" form a realistic connection between professional development and the complex school environment.

CaseNEX and the Virtual Independent School Network (VISNET) have partnered to offer courses in high interest areas to their members. There are ten course titles associated with this professional development opportunity that is available throughout 2015-2016:

Each course features CaseNEX's realistic, multimedia cases and a focus on authentic issues and classroom practices. CaseNEX courses are collaborative, engaging, and effective. They are perfect for busy educators who want the convenience of online, asynchronous learning, but don't want to sacrifice quality. Register for one of our courses and experience why more than 15,000 educators have chosen CaseNEX for their professional learning needs. VISNET will award 2 CEU per successfully completed course, and CaseNEX will issue a certificate of completion.

Course costs are listed below and refund information can be found on our FAQs page. For requests regarding reimbursements, contact info@casenex.com.

$200 per seat. Courses are four weeks in length.

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Course List

Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Middle and High school

This course focuses on helping middle and high-school students better comprehend content-area reading material and express their understanding using the written word. Emphasis is placed on a framework that asks students to monitor their own thinking, select appropriate strategies, and apply these strategies to improve their understanding and communication abilities. Teachers will apply course content using the curricular materials found in their school buildings.

Differentiating Instruction for High-Achieving Students

Applicable for any teacher who wants to learn about differentiating instruction for all students, this course focuses on high-achieving students who may need additional challenges provided within the regular education classroom. Differentiating instruction for this unique population of students enriches the curriculum by utilizing high-level thinking skills, curriculum compacting, independent studies, and other strategies. Participants will focus on understanding the nature and needs of these advanced learners and will practice several instructional strategies to appropriately meet these needs.

Creating Effective Learning Environments for Technology Integration

This course provides K-12 teachers with the knowledge and application skills critical in creating a technology-enhanced learning environment that increases student achievement. Using case studies participants will explore the differences between technology use in a traditional teacher-centered environment and in a student-centered problem-solving environment. Numerous student and classroom management techniques will be covered to provide equitable technology use for all students.

Classroom Management

This course examines classroom management practices within general and special education classrooms. The cases included depict problems and opportunities related to classroom management, individual behavior management strategies and systems, instructional grouping, scheduling, and technology integration. Using the cases as a launching point, course participants will be given the opportunity to participate in on-line discussions regarding beliefs, best practices, challenges, and current research.

Reading to Learn: Fluency and Comprehension

Good readers are purposeful and active. As components of Reading First, carefully selected read-alouds, texts, and strategies that support comprehension and fluency instruction have become staples in today's classroom. Educators will explore strategic reading, the role of teacher read-alouds in comprehension instruction, and effective questioning techniques. Participants will gain experience with numerous comprehension strategies, using a before- during-after reading framework. Educators will complete the course with the necessary skills to individualize strategies for each student.

Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Elementary Grades

This course focuses on developmentally appropriate reading instruction and ways to use it to support students' content area reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on a framework that asks students to monitor their own thinking, select appropriate strategies, and apply these strategies to improve their understanding and communication abilities. Teachers will apply course content using the curricular materials found in their school buildings.

Differentiating: Assessment and Measurement

Course participants will develop assessment practices suitable for today's differentiated classroom environment. Case studies will serve as a launching point, and teachers will be given the opportunity to explore assessment beliefs, best practices, challenges, current research, and ways to apply these to their own teaching practice.

Nature and Needs of Middle Grade Learners

This course examines the unique nature and diverse needs of the middle school learner within the student's school and community settings. As educators of young adolescents, teachers must be aware of the developmental characteristics of their students -- physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and psychological. In response to these developmental characteristics, teachers of young adolescents are concerned with effective school organization and climate, strategies for instruction, and curriculum. This course will present and encourage the investigation of the developmental characteristics of young adolescents, the middle school philosophy, the history and organization of middle schools, and current best practices needed to provide for a fulfilling and academically challenging curriculum for all middle school students.

Technology in Schools: Addressing Challenges and Change

This course supports educators as they face an ever-changing technological environment and seek to integrate technology into the classroom. Participants will consider issues such as access and equity, collaboration and teamwork, and the impact of technology on teaching and learning. Educators will explore practical strategies to implement in their learning environment.

New Teachers: Challenges, Insights, and Support

This course supports new teachers as they face the complex challenges of working in the classroom. Course participants will develop instructional skills and strategies to deal with behavior management, assessment, and collaboration issues. Participants will reflect upon how these concepts drive instructional practices in today's challenging classroom environment. Using the cases as a launching point, teachers will be given the opportunity to participate in on-line discussions regarding beliefs, best practices, challenges, current research, and ways to apply them to their own teaching practice.

Child Development: Focus on the Cognitive, Physiological, Socio-Emotional Development of Early Grade Students

Course participants will develop instructional and leadership skills needed for addressing the needs of early childhood students. Participants will reflect upon how developmental trends and concepts drive instructional practices in today's challenging classroom environment. Specifically, attention will be given to the cognitive, socio-emotional, and cultural domains of development. Additionally, this course considers the developmental continuum of phonemic awareness and phonics skills, which are critically linked to reading achievement.

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Course Calendar

June 20, 2016 – July 16, 2016

Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Middle Grades and High School
Differentiating Instruction for High-Achieving Students
Creating Effective Learning Environments for Technology Integration
Classroom Management
Reading to Learn: Fluency and Comprehension
Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Elementary Grades
Differentiating: Assessment and Measurement
Nature and Needs of Middle Grade Learners
Technology in Schools: Addressing Challenges and Change
New Teachers: Challenges, Insights, and Support
Child Development: Focus on the Cognitive, Physiological, Socio-Emotional Development of Early Grade Students


August 15, 2016 – September 10, 2016

Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Middle Grades and High School
Differentiating Instruction for High-Achieving Students
Creating Effective Learning Environments for Technology Integration
Classroom Management
Reading to Learn: Fluency and Comprehension
Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Elementary Grades
Differentiating: Assessment and Measurement
Nature and Needs of Middle Grade Learners
Technology in Schools: Addressing Challenges and Change
New Teachers: Challenges, Insights, and Support
Child Development: Focus on the Cognitive, Physiological, Socio-Emotional Development of Early Grade Students


October 17, 2016 – November 12, 2016

Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Middle Grades and High School
Differentiating Instruction for High-Achieving Students
Creating Effective Learning Environments for Technology Integration
Classroom Management
Reading to Learn: Fluency and Comprehension
Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Elementary Grades
Differentiating: Assessment and Measurement
Nature and Needs of Middle Grade Learners
Technology in Schools: Addressing Challenges and Change
New Teachers: Challenges, Insights, and Support
Child Development: Focus on the Cognitive, Physiological, Socio-Emotional Development of Early Grade Students


January 16, 2017 – Feb 11, 2017

Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Middle Grades and High School
Differentiating Instruction for High-Achieving Students
Creating Effective Learning Environments for Technology Integration
Classroom Management
Reading to Learn: Fluency and Comprehension
Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Elementary Grades
Differentiating: Assessment and Measurement
Nature and Needs of Middle Grade Learners
Technology in Schools: Addressing Challenges and Change
New Teachers: Challenges, Insights, and Support
Child Development: Focus on the Cognitive, Physiological, Socio-Emotional Development of Early Grade Students


February 13, 2017 – March 11, 2017

Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Middle Grades and High School
Differentiating Instruction for High-Achieving Students
Creating Effective Learning Environments for Technology Integration
Classroom Management
Reading to Learn: Fluency and Comprehension
Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Elementary Grades
Differentiating: Assessment and Measurement
Nature and Needs of Middle Grade Learners
Technology in Schools: Addressing Challenges and Change
New Teachers: Challenges, Insights, and Support
Child Development: Focus on the Cognitive, Physiological, Socio-Emotional Development of Early Grade Students


April 17, 2017 – May 13, 2017

Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Middle Grades and High School
Differentiating Instruction for High-Achieving Students
Creating Effective Learning Environments for Technology Integration
Classroom Management
Reading to Learn: Fluency and Comprehension
Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas, Elementary Grades
Differentiating: Assessment and Measurement
Nature and Needs of Middle Grade Learners
Technology in Schools: Addressing Challenges and Change
New Teachers: Challenges, Insights, and Support
Child Development: Focus on the Cognitive, Physiological, Socio-Emotional Development of Early Grade Students


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