Professional Learning Academy Courses

The Professional Learning Academy combines incredible learning opportunities with affordability and convenience. Each six-week course is self-progressing and earns 2.0 CEUs, 1 OSL Module, or 15 SEMIs. Registration per course is just $65.00. The course fee includes the CEU, OSL or SEMI certificate and is non-refundable. Basic Computer skills and high speed internet are required. New classes start every Monday. 

Active Classroom: Participants will learn about the positive relationship between physical activity and learning and how to incorporate physical activity in the teaching of academic subjects. Offered on January 22, May 7, and May 28

Advanced Marketing Principles: Participants will learn advanced marketing principles and practices specifically as they relate to entrepreneurs. Potential entrepreneurs will better understand how to develop and plan their venture in an advanced marketing context. Educators will be able to take these skills and teach marketing and business plans to the classroom. Offered on June 18

An Introduction to 21st Century Learning:  Introduce educators to the Framework for the 21st Century Learning, including core subjects and 21st century themes. Offered on February 5 and May 14

Assessing Student Learning:  Participants will understand balanced assessment and develop tools and skills for assessing students in a more meaningful way. Topics include authentic  assessment, questioning, formative assessments, aligned assessments, quality assessment practices, and more. Offered on January 1 and April 9

Assessing Your School/District for 21st Century Readiness:  Examine school’s curriculum, teaching practices, and professional learning plans for 21st century. Offered on March 26 and June 25

Basics of Human Resources: This course provides various facets of human resources, with a focus on small business. Offered on January 15 and June 25

Basics of Marketing Principles: Participants will learn introductory marketing principles and practices specifically as they relate to entrepreneurs.  Potential entrepreneurs will better understand how to develop and plan their venture in a marketing context from the very beginning.  More experienced entrepreneurs will be refreshed in the areas of the marketing mix, consumer behavior, promotions, public relations, leadership, and branding.  Educators will be able to take these skills and teach marketing and business planning in the classroom. Offered on April 9 and June 18

Basics of Nutrition: Participants will learn the tools needed to create healthy eating patterns and how to incorporate this routine in daily food choices. Offered on January 8, February 26, April 9, May 7, and May 21

Building Vocabulary:  Educators will learn how to promote students’ vocabulary development. Offered on January 29 and June 11

Collaboration in the Workplace: Participants will learn how to establish shared goals or vision in all areas of your life. Offered on February 12 and March 12

College and Career Readiness and Struggling Learners: Educators will explore supportive practices and resources for implementing College and Career Readiness Standards with struggling learners. Offered on January 8, April 2, and May 7

College and Career Readiness for English/Language Arts:  Become familiar with the new College and Career Readiness Standards for ELA and explore resources and ideas for standards-base instruction. Offered on January 15 and April 16

College and Career Readiness for Math: Become familiar with the new College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics and explore resources and ideas for Standards-base instruction. Offered on January 1 and April 2

Communication in the Workplace: Participants will evaluate their current communication skills and determine areas of growth. Offered on February 5 and May 14

Conflict Resolution: Participants will learn more about conflict and how to confront and manage difficult situations with confidence. Offered on January 8 and May 7

Creating a Business Plan:  This course will provide the learner with information on how to create and market a business plan.  Educators will be able to take these skills and teach business plans in the classroom. Offered on March 19 and June 11

Creative Thinking in the Workplace:  Participants will learn why creativity is a critical 21st Century skill and learn how to develop it use in all areas of your life. Offered on January 22 and April 30

Critical Thinking in the Workplace:  Participants will develop strategies for effectively collaboration with coworkers by using knowledge of personality types. Offered on June 26 and June 4

Cyber Smart: Being active online has all kinds of benefits: from keeping in touch with friends and family, learning new hobbies or skills and being able to access the online services increasingly being offered by organizations, businesses, and educational institutions. Of course, as well as taking advantage of the benefits, it’s vital that everyone learn about cyber-safety as well. Offered on March 12 and June 18

Daily 5: A Management System for Literacy Instruction: Participants will engage in the process of successfully implement the Daily 5 management system into their classrooms, which will foster literacy independence in the elementary grades. Offered on March 5 and May 28

Developing Emotional Intelligence: Participants will learn what EI is and how they can develop it in themselves and others to improve relationships reduce stress and achieve great levels of happiness. Offered on January 22 and March 23

Differentiating Instruction for Reading:  Develop a variety of activities to differentiate instruction in reading. Offered on February 19 and June 4

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership: Participants will learn the qualities of an emotionally intelligent leader and how to increase their capacity to lead. Offered on January 15 and April 16

Emotional Intelligence and Student Achievement with CCRS: Research shows that student achievement is directly correlated to emotional intelligence. In this course, participants will focus on understanding emotional intelligence (EI) and developing strategies to increase EI in students. Offered on March 19 and April 23

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace: Participants will understand the role of EI and applications in the workplace. Offered on February 2 and May 14

Fostering a Healthy Classroom: Participants will gain a foundational knowledge of health and they will learn strategies to encourage health in their classroom. Offered on February 12 and June 4

Formative Assessments: Purpose, design and use:  This class begins by taking the learner through an explanation of what formative assessments are and are not.  Learners will have a clear understanding of the purpose of formative assessment.  There are many ways to conduct formative assessment and learners will be exposed to many different methods, beyond the typical exit tickets.  Finally, learners will be shown how to extract data from a given formative assessment and how to use the data to drive and improve instruction in their classroom. Offered on April 16, May 14, and May 28

Grant Writing for Educators: Interested in gaining more resources for your classroom? This class is designed for beginning grant writers and covers locating grant opportunities for teachers through writing and submitting proposals. Offered on March 12 and June 11

Grant Writing for Non-profits: Often, non-profit agencies are eligible for grant funds to develop new programs or expand existing programs. Designed for the beginning grant writer, this course teaches how to locate grants, determine eligibility, and write grant proposals. Offered on May 21

Introduction to Entrepreneurship: This course familiarizes the learner with the concepts of entrepreneurship in the start-up phase.  Educators will be able to take these skills and teach entrepreneurship in the classroom.
Offered on April 2

Introduction to Sexual Health Education in Mississippi: Public Schools in Mississippi are required to teach sexual health education within secondary education. An introduction to the overall goals and objectives of sexual health education, as well as, an understanding of the different types of sexual health education allowed within the state of Mississippi helps educators become more prepared to teach a course in sexual health education. Participants will develop an understanding of the goal and objectives of sexual health education within secondary schools, the different types of sexual health education in Mississippi and the current terminology associated with sexual health education. Offered on January 15

Leadership and Effective Use of Community Partnerships: Leaders of the community will develop strategies for developing and maintain healthy partnerships. Offered on February 26 and May 21

Leadership and Generational Differences in the Workplace: Leaders will understand generational differences that affect work styles and explore how to use practices to improve the work environment. Offered on January 29, April 30, and June 18

Leadership Models and Paradigms: Leaders will analyze high-impact leadership models and paradigms which can be used to meet the demands from escalating changes in society and the workplace.
Offered on January 1 and April 2

Making a Bully-Free Zone: Participants will learn about the different types of bullying and prevention techniques to help those at risk. Offered on February 19 and April 23

Motivation: Teaching With Pizzazz!: Motivation is a force used within the educational system to encourage student learning and increase content understanding. Participants will learn how intrinsic and extrinsic motivations affect successful student learning. Offered on February 19 and June 25

Multi-Cultural Aspects of Sexual Health Education: Various cultures throughout the world view the teachings of sexual health education as informative, preventative, or even taboo. Teachers have students from all racial, cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, therefore, approaching the topics within sexual health education can become a difficult task. This course will explore the various cultural aspects of sexual health education that teachers will encounter with their culturally diverse students. They will also be able to learn ways in which they can address obstacles and concerns from varying cultural diversities. Participants will learn how to address cultural aspects of sexual health education and varying issues of concern that are most common when teaching sexual health education to diverse groups of students. Offered on March 19

Outscience: Taking Learning Outside: In this course, participants will focus on understanding the value in regular, outdoor education and how to incorporate this invaluable approach to teaching and learning using one of the only natural settings available to teachers on a regular basis: the school grounds. Offered on February 19 

Prezi 101: A New Way to Present: This course will introduce participants to Prezi and explain how to use the program to enhance presentation skills. Offered on April 30

Response to Intervention (RTI): Effective Instruction for All Students:  Participants will use strategies for successful implementation of RTI, which will help to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college or a skilled career. Offered on February 26 and March 26

Seven Wonders of the Web: This course will introduce, guide, and demonstrate seven innovative websites that will give educators the necessary tools, sites, and activities to enhance their classroom instruction.
Offered on January 8 and March 12

Small Business Methods & Strategies: This course provides various facets of small business methods.  Educators will be able to take these skills and teach small business methods in the classroom. Offered on May 28

Strategic Management: This course is about strategic management—the excitement and challenge of providing the vision, developing the mission, and implementing the strategic intent for organizations. Offered on January 29, March 26, and May 21

Teaching Safe Sex Practices in the Classroom: Numerous forms of contraceptives are available to reduce unplanned pregnancy. Additional barrier methods are available to prevent the transmission of STI’s through sexual behavior. Teaching contraceptives and barrier methods in Mississippi can be difficult given the laws preventing demonstration. Learning skills to properly educate students on these topics is key to reducing unplanned pregnancy and STI rates. Participants will be able to identify different forms of contraceptives used for both STI preventing and pregnancy prevention and learn skills needed to properly educate students on using contraceptives to reduce unplanned pregnancy and STI transmission. Offered on February 5

Teaching the Scientific Method: In this course, participants will focus on understanding the power of the scientific method in your learners by developing strategies to foster curiosity and empower them through answering questions. Offered on March 5 and June 4

Tech Tips for the Technically Challenged: Are your computer files in disarray? Can you find your favorite pictures or home videos? Are you familiar with new ways to present your ideas? Understanding and organizing your computer is vital for reaching maximum productivity at school, work and home. From the novice to the expert, everyone can learn to use new ideas for enhancing their technology knowledge. Offered on February 5 and February 26

The Inclusive Classroom: An Explanation of Inclusion and Review of inclusive Practices: In this course, participants will review the concepts of inclusion and, upon completion of the course, be able to implement a variety of strategies that promote inclusive practices. With inclusion being such a widely used practice, it is important that educators understand this concept and how to promote inclusive practices in their school. Offered on January 22 and April 30

Using Personality Types to Enhance Leadership Skills in the Workplace: Leaders will develop strategies for effectively collaborating with coworkers by using knowledge of personality types. Offered on March 5 and June 11

What is Brain-Based Learning? : In young children the brain is highly adaptable. But as we age, the brain has to work harder to master new tasks. That’s why many scientists believe it is important to keep challenging your brain to learn new things. Applying these brain-based strategies will make learning much more interesting for people of all ages. Offered on April 16 and June 25