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Student - Centered Learning

3 Credits
Inspire and encourage active meaningful participation, collaboration, and quality task completion. You will learn student-centered activities that motivate your students. Gather a wide variety of fresh resources, observe best-practice strategies and collect standards/CCSS-aligned lessons that meet your needs, any core area, K-12. The what, why and how of student-centered learning, collaboration and 21st Century skills provide multiple opportunities to investigate, assess, evaluate and plan student-centered, student-directed and student-produced units of study. You will create a distinctive toolkit loaded with 30+ useful, self-selected ideas and exit with a developed practical project or unit of study. An emphasis is placed on the integration of literacy and technology across the curriculum. This online course aligns with CCSS, CCR, & NSBTS.


NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.

This course is applicable towards the Curriculum Design and Assessment Certificate and Student Engagement Certificate.

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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.