Courses by Category

15 Professional Development Hours are available for the successful completion of each course

OR

1 Graduate Credit hour will be conferred by Kent State University for the successful completion of each course 

Why School Culture Matters: Building the Foundation for Effective Teams and Increased Student Achievement

Course ID: SOC 521

Category: School Organization and Culture

Instructor(s): Marianne L. Lescher

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Best Practices, Critical Analysis, and A Call to Action

Course ID: SFS 522

Category: School Organization and Culture

Instructor(s): Kevin Cutler

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Culture: Boost Morale and Improve Results

Course ID: SOC 523

Category: School Organization and Culture

Instructor(s): Mark Minskey

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall B

Cohort Online*

Next Generation Science in the Elementary Classroom

Course ID: CSC 531

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Jodi Cinq Mars, Matt Chase

Offered

Cohort Online*

Literature Appreciation and Meeting Common Core Standards Simultaneously

Course ID: CSC 532

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Becky Johnson

STEM and Makerspace Implementation in Elementary Schools and Classrooms

Course ID: CSC 533

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Denise Taylor

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Designing Classroom Assessments to Address NGSS Performance Expectations

Course ID: CSC 534

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Nicole McRee

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Argument-Based Inquiry: Supporting Claims with Evidence, Reasoning, and Critique

Course ID: CSC 535

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Nicole McRee

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Relational Representatives: Using Models to Construct Meaning of Science Phenomena

Course ID: CSC 536

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Nicole McRee

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Abstract Concepts for Concrete Minds: Designing Lessons to Engage Middle School Students and Provide a Valuable Purpose for Learning

Course ID: CSC 537

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Nicole McRee

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Effective Lesson Design and Delivery

Course ID: ATL 542

Category: Active Teaching and Learning

Instructor(s): Shirley Ann Smith

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Fixed Time Course*
Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00 CST

Using Data to Fulfill Your School's Vision of Excellence

Course ID: LDR 551

Category: Leadership and Educational Vitality

Instructor(s): David Franklin

Offered
Summer A & B

Cohort Online*

Technology Integration for School Success

Course ID: TI 561

Category: Technology Integration

Instructor(s): Davina Mann, Keith George

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Engaging Online tools for Today's Teachers and Students

Course ID: TI 562

Category: Technology Integration

Instructor(s): Donna Thompson

Offered
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

"We Are the Champions":  Developing and Maintaining a Professional Community

Course ID: PRC 571

Category: Professional Community

Instructor(s): Jerome Ward

Offered

Cohort Online*

Leveraging Partnerships to Increase School Effectiveness

Course ID: SFCP 583

Category: School, Family, Community Partnerships

Instructor(s): Crystal Scillitani

Offered

Fixed Time Course*

Building Effective Family & Community Partnerships in School Settings

Course ID: SFCP 584

Category: School, Family, Community Partnerships

Instructor(s): Jesus Celaya

Offered

Cohort Online*

 
 

 *Cohort Online Course-Students access course materials independently and at their convenience throughout the week. Assignments and coursework requirements follow a weekly schedule.

*Fixed-Time Online Course-Students are required to log in and participate in the course at a specific time each week.  Students and the instructor have an opportunity to interact on line in real time.

 

 

Becoming a Lighthouse Certified Educator

As you pursue your coursework you have the opportunity to become Lighthouse Certified. Lighthouse certification is granted to individuals who successfully complete the required coursework. Upon completion, all Lighthouse Certified Individuals will have the opportunity to be honored at Disney World at our Annual Conference.

Administrators pursuing a Lighthouse Administrative Certification must successfully complete three overview courses in the areas of Leadership and Educational Vitality, School Organization and Culture, and Active Teaching and Learning. In addition the individual must also complete at least 2 electives in the areas of Indicators of Success and School and Community Partnerships.

Educators pursuing a Lighthouse Teaching Certification must successfully complete three overview courses in the areas of Leadership and Educational Vitality, School Organization and Culture, and Active Teaching and Learning. In addition the individual will complete 2 electives of choice.

All students pursuing Lighthouse Certification must complete the appropriate registration document when enrolling each term.

Registration for our next session is now open.

Enroll now to participate in a professional development opportunity that is structured around nine key areas to student success.  Whether you are a classroom teacher or school administrator, we have a course for you! 

You may choose to sign up as an individual or as a group.

Individuals have the opportunity to expand their knowledge by selecting courses of interest in any of the nine categories.  By working with professionals from across the country, you will have the chance to expand your expertise and improve teaching and learning in your classroom and school.  Educators may choose to take the course for graduate credit or receive a certificate of completion of 15 continuing education hours.

Schools and groups may also choose to participate together in the Academy.  By working with a group of your colleagues, not only will you join a cohort of professionals from across the world through your coursework in the nine categories, you will also have the opportunity to work cohesively toward a common goal across your entire school.

 

Upon enrollment in Blue Ribbon Schools Academy, your school will join a cohort of professionals across the US who have access to a close-knit and diverse community of education experts who will help you improve your school and student performance in nine areas of school success.

Enrollment in the Blue Ribbon Schools Academy gives your school access to an intense online curriculum addressing Leadership, School Culture, and Student Focus as well as technology integration, active teaching and learning, community involvement, and student performance.

Enrollment in the Blue Ribbon Schools Academy will also give school faculty, leadership and students access to Blue Ribbon Schools Assemblies and Blue Ribbon Student Leadership Institutes at a 20% discount.

All courses are offered with the option of graduate credit.


Tuition Costs

INDIVIDUAL:  $195/course*
SUMMER SPECIAL: $99/course*

SCHOOL PACKAGE (20 seats):  $4200. Introductory Price: $3400.
*Graduate Credit available through Kent State University for an additional $150.

 

20% School Discount for:

  1. One Annual Blue Ribbon Schools National Conference
  2. One Student Leadership Institute

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Blue Ribbon Academy exists to help you make valuable connections, improve your teaching, learn proven leadership techniques, and discover practical solutions that will carry you and your school to the next level.

The Academy is an online program designed to kick-start educators' professional development.  Through our collaborative platform, you'll get the chance to participate in interactive discussions, exchange ideas with other eduators, learn about new tools and resources and hear from leading experts.

 

When you enroll in the Blue Ribbon Schools Academy Program, you will..

 


Gain the tools you need to grow personally and professionally in nine areas reflecting school and student success.


Participate in a Principal and/or Teacher Leadership Institute and mentoring program.


Learn from the experiences of others through the Blue Ribbon Best Practices Inventory


Engage your students by giving them the opportunity to participate in the Blue Ribbon Student Leadership Institute

 

This program focuses on leadership development, improving school culture, and discovering ways to help students thrive. Courses address relevant topics such as technology integration and parent involvement and can be tailored to meet your individual learning goals

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