Off-Campus and International
Bridgewater State University has a variety of flexible professional development offerings for educators and professionals.
The College of Graduate Studies is pleased to offer one credit online professional development courses for both teachers and professionals. These innovative courses were developed in conjunction with a BSU grant to help develop up-to-date graduate-level professional development courses that would help provide an immediate impact within our community. The cost of these online courses is $125 per course for Bridgewater State University alumni and $250 for all other participants. Courses will run from July 11 - August 12.
To reserve a spot in any of these upcoming classes, complete the form found here.
Bullying And Cyberbullying For Educators, Level I (July 11-August 12)
This course will introduce P-12 educators to basic concepts regarding peer aggression between children, with a particular emphasis on bullying behaviors and the role of digital technology. While the term “bullying” is very frequently used in school communities, there are actually many misunderstandings about what bullying is and how it is manifested today. This course will review the research on which behaviors students actually use to bully their peers, how bullying differs from other types of peer aggression, and how common bullying is among children of different ages. One important area of focus will be on how digital technology is used today to create social conflict, and the role of social media. The course will review the reasons why children bully and cyberbully, and how these two forms of peer aggression interact. Resources will include cutting edge programming and research conducted by the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center and other researchers, as well as the book Bullying And Cyberbullying: What Every Educator Needs to Know (2013, Harvard Press). Reserve a spot for this upcoming class.
Sexting: Understanding Sexualized Digital Behaviors (July 11-August 12)
“Sexting,” or the sending of nude pictures and/or text of oneself to a peer, has become an area of great concern in recent years. Researchers are just beginning to understand the frequency with which sexting occurs and the circumstances under which it happens. Although many initially assumed that sending a nude picture of oneself to a peer happened primarily among teenage girls with poor self-esteem or other psychological problems, findings from recent studies have revealed that both genders sext; that sexters have different motivations, and do not all show evidence of psychological struggles; that it may be much more common than first assumed; and that pre-teen sexting and peer pressure or coercion appear to be key concerns. This course will cover the most recent research on sexting, what types of behaviors it involves, who engages in it, and where the significant risk appears to be. Legal implications are important as well, and students will examine traditional laws about child pornography as well as a bill in Massachusetts that seeks to significantly shift the justice system’s response to teen sexting. Reserve a spot for this upcoming class.
Leadership Development – The First Step in Developing the Leader Within Us (July 11-August 12)
The focus of the course is to develop leadership skills through a process that develops self-leaders. Self-leaders develop empathetic awareness necessary to become an effective transformationalists who can direct successful organizational change. Course projects focus on changing student behavior to acquire new values and modify existing values so that students understand the challenges associated with becoming successful transformational leaders (cultural change agents is an alternative perspective). Reserve a spot for this upcoming class.
Working with Immigrants and Refugees (July 11-August 12)
This one credit 100% online course examines social policies and programs that affect immigrants and refugees; social work practices that encompass the diversity of immigration experiences, international refugee situations, and acculturation and family dynamics processes; transnational immigrants; cultural competence in social work interventions; and specific issues of oppression and social justice that face refugees and immigrants. This course introduces social work concepts regarding the specific needs and issues facing refugee and immigrant clients. Students will develop skills in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Because this population is always changing, and becoming more diverse, we will focus on developing cultural competency knowledge, skills and values.
The Purpose of Reflective Practice (July 11-August 12)
This course is an exploration of how reflective practice, whether personal or professional, individual or groups are preserved and transformed. Students will be introduced to reflective practice to assist with leadership skill development. By semesters end, professionals will have a greater awareness by identifying the knowledge that is embedded in their lived experience so they can improve actions and connect what they have learned from current experiences to those in the past as well as see possible future implications. Reserve a spot for this upcoming class.
Incorporating Executive Function Processes in the Classroom Curriculum (July 11-August 12)
Student success requires efficient use of executive function processes such as goal setting, planning, organizing, prioritizing, self-checking, and time management. Unfortunately, many students fail to learn these processes on their own. For these students, these skills need to be incorporated into the classroom curriculum if they are to meet the requirements of all the Common Core State Standards. This course provides examples of assessment tools, teaching techniques, activities, and planning aids for the whole class, as well as differentiated instruction for students with learning or attention difficulties that promote the use of executive function processes. Reserve a spot for this upcoming class.