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Research - Based Thinking Strategies

3 Credits
Just think about it! Our students must learn to problem solve, apply, critically evaluate, create and collaborate to be successful in the 21st Century. Explore a rich variety of thinking-to-learn best practices. Turn your classroom into a thinking highly engaging learning laboratory. Learn to use mind mapping, scatter techniques, claims activities and integrated tech tools. Exit the course with a personalized toolkit filled with dozens of great instructional strategies aligned with the Common Core State (CCSS) and College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards. Course is applicable, K-12, all curriculum areas.

NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.

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Dr. Mabel Franks

Dr. Franks is a CPD instructor at Fresno Pacific University, teaching curriculum courses for K-12 educators and school-wide Restorative Justice practices. She has served more than 35 years in service to students in some of the largest school districts in California. Her research on effective school reform underscores the need to unite the entire school community in a common cause, the education of our children- all our children. Her love for teaching, desire to reach all students and expertise on research-based instructional best practices is reflected in her hands-on, teacher-friendly courses, designed for the K-12 educator who wants to make difference. Dr. Franks also instructs aspiring leaders, facilitates teacher team training and holds workshops on school-wide best instructional practices. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, national business reports and regional news media for her innovative thinking and focus on leadership and student engagement and academic achievement and has received numerous awards at the district, county and regional levels for her dedication as a teacher and leader in schools serving students of poverty and second language learners. She holds a BA in liberal studies, a BS in Commerce/Law, a Masters in leadership and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership.