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May 30 2012

Miller College Institute Offers SB-CEU's for Area Teachers

The Miller College Institute Summer II semester offers professional development courses to local educators at times convenient for working teachers.  Classes begin July 9 and end August 28, 2012. In addition to traditional credit-bearing courses in the teaching of writing, arts integration and language arts methods, Miller College is also offering two of its most popular continuing education courses to teachers to earn State Board-approved Continuing Education Units, or SB-CEUs, at a reduced rate.

Brenda Gagie, Kalamazoo RESA teacher consultant, will be offering a special topics course on Autism on Monday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The class is an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) including history, statistics and interventions. It will include exploration of evidence-based techniques for supporting students with ASD in the general education setting including educational strategies, universal supports and positive behavioral interventions. Participants will develop resources to educate others, read personal accounts of autism, research treatment approaches and develop a variety of individualized supports. Participants may earn 6.0 SB-CEUs (or 2 semester hours of college credit) for this course.

Cork Vonk, distinguished local educator and consultant, will be teaching a course titled Succeeding with Students Who Have Challenging Behaviors over the course of five Mondays (July 9 through August 6) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This course focuses on practical strategies for interacting with students displaying challenging behaviors, identifying the causes and motivators for such behaviors, implementing preventive techniques, and improving behavior and social interactions through classroom-wide and individual reinforcement strategies.  The course specifically emphasizes building and maintaining positive student-teacher and student-student relationships. Participants may earn 9.0 SB-CEUs (or 3 semester hours of college credit) for this course.

For more information on these and many other Summer I and Summer II course offerings at Miller College, please visit the Miller College website or contact Dr. Sean Kottke, Dean of the Binda School of Education at Miller College at (269) 660-8021 x 2703 or by email at ude.egellocrellim@sekttok.

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