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Special Events, Conferences, and Courses

Drake University Continuing Education & Professional Development offers a number of Special Events, conferences, and courses every semester. To register, please click on the titles found below.

Cultural Awareness for Law Enforcement Professionals Online (Register Now)
Cultural Awareness for Law Enforcement initiates the process of seeing past stereotypes by raising each student’s awareness of the culture in which they live and work. Once students are tuned into the elements of their own culture, they will be exposed to their own implicit bias and guided down a path of exploring and implementing the best strategies for connecting with those from other cultures. 
Spring dates: February 10 - May 30, 2020
Developed by Drake University 
Graduate Credit-3 semester hours, $625.00 (not including the cost of the textbook)

 

Power of Play: Learning, Communicating, and Engaging Learners
(Registration opens on January 21)

The purpose of this one-credit face-to-face experiential course is to explore the importance of play in learning.  At first glance, play looks only like play, but we want to unravel the big picture together to find the underlying learning taking place.  Participants will acquire tools on how to observe play while learning techniques to interact and respond to play.  Attendees will understand concurrently about the rationale behind the importance of play in child development, how students use play as part of their social-emotional language and how to effectively observe messages in play.  This course will be offered for both relicensure credit and graduate credit. 
Spring dates: Saturday, March 28 and Saturday, April 18 
Developed by: Drake University 
Graduate Credit -1 semester hour, $170
Iowa License Renewal Credit - 1 semester hour, $90.00
Location: Drake University

 

Connecting with African American Students in the Classroom:  A Culturally Responsive Approach to Learning
(Registration Opens February 3)
This one credit face-to-face course examines the educational experiences of African American students in Iowa schools.  Educational practices and organizational structures provide insight into how inequalities due to social, class, race, and other social differences shape educational outcomes.  Individual student experiences in schools are considered with a focus on K-12 public education with an emphasis on urban schools in low-income communities.  Research based strategies with data driven results are studied to provide a framework for analysis for students to incorporate into the classroom setting.  Collaborative partnerships between educators, parents, community service agencies, mental health and social services are highlighted in an effort to illustrate best practices and what works to address the needs of marginalized African American students.  This course will be offered for both relicensure credit and graduate credit. 
Spring dates: Saturday, April 4 and Saturday, April 25 
Developed by: Drake University 
Graduate Credit -1 semester hour, $170
Iowa License Renewal Credit - 1 semester hour, $90.00
Location: Drake University

 

The Domino Effect (Register Now)
Participants will explore risk factors and statistics around at-risk youth. Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from incarcerated men who can testify to successful and unsuccessful interventions adults attempted while they were in school. Participants will also identify data related to their own school or organization around college readiness and post-graduate success.
Spring Date: This course meets on April 22, at The Iowa State Penitentiary, located in Ft. Madison. Participants earning credit will be required to complete additional online coursework.
Developed by: Drake University 
Cost to attend:$50 (everyone is required to pay the attendance fee)
Graduate Credit -1 semester hour, $170
Iowa License Renewal Credit - 1 semester hour, $90.00
Location: The Iowa State Penitentiary, 2111 330th Ave, Fort Madison, IA 52627

 

Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom:  A Clinician’s Perspective 
(Registration opens this spring)
This one-credit hour face-to-face course will explore key components and stages of social-emotional learning (SEL), related brain anatomy and function, and factors that may impact SEL development.  Participants will learn about a host of factors that may impact a child’s social-emotional affect across the school day along with techniques and strategies that will assist teachers, counselors, and administrators in understanding SEL motivators. This course is taught by two ChildServe clinicians who have had the opportunity to work with children one-on-one and want to help educators understand children’s individual SEL needs.  This course is offered for both graduate and license renewal credit. 
Summer Dates: Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26
Graduate Credit -1 semester hour, $170
Iowa License Renewal Credit - 1 semester hour, $90.00 
Location: Childserve, Johnston, Iowa

 

Teacher Self-Care: Learn Strategies for Yourself and for Your Colleagues 
(Registration opens this spring)
This one-credit course offered for re-licensure credit is a self-care workshop for educators!  We will spend the first-day learning techniques and strategies for your own self-care and then spend the next day turning outward to think about how you can support the self-care of your colleagues.  Prepare to fill up your motivational gas tank and think about the upcoming year.  
Summer Dates: Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23 
Iowa License Renewal Credit -1 semester hour, $90.00. 
Materials Fee: A $20 materials fee will be charged to cover items created in class.
Location: Drake University Campus

 

Unconscious Bias Training for Coaches and Athletic Officials Non-Credit Offering 
Meeting Dates: TBD
Time:
Location: 
Future conferences, special events, and face-to-face courses will be posted as they are scheduled.

 

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