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Understanding Student Communication

3 Credits
This class will introduce some skill sets that can be acquired and used in becoming an effective communicator with students, parents, and colleagues, increasing a teacher's ability to make significant connections with everyone. Many of the tools discussed in this class are not usually taught in a typical teacher training program, but once recognized and practiced can make a huge difference for anyone's effectiveness in their professional career and private life. Data gathered from professional researchers at Stanford University to the question ""What are the characteristics of an effective teacher?"" places communication and clarity at the top of the list. Effective teachers have learned from others or taught themselves the necessary ""skill sets"" in order to be successful communicators with their students.

NOTE: Required textbooks must be purchased separately.

This course is applicable towards the Student Engagement Certificate.

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Jon Morse

Jon Morse has been actively engaged in working with youth and youth leaders over the last 50+ years in the following venues: probation, mental health, sheriff departments, K-12 education & transportation, post-secondary education, private businesses and community service Organizations. Jon is the Founder/Executive Director Emeritus of Big Picture Educational Academy. The school has now expanded to a K-12 school district and added an Adult school and EL program working with individuals on obtaining their high school diplomas and improving their English-speaking skills. Jon is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member of Fresno Pacific University’s continuing education department working with educators and counselors in a variety of venues. Jon’s passions are his family, making a difference in his community, exercise and enjoying life to its fullest.