BER Online Learning for Educators

All On Demand Courses

Grades 1-2: Using Vocabulary and Writing Strategies to Enhance Math Learning
The purpose of this course is to show how to lay a foundation for “writing to learn” in mathematics by developing primary students’ analytical thinking skills, increasing their math vocabulary, and engaging them in a variety of developmentally appropriate writing tasks.

Grades 1-3: Increasing Students' Mastery of Addition and Subtraction Facts
Taped in primary classrooms, this video-based online course demonstrates a wealth of highly engaging ways to develop young students' proficiency with addition and subtraction math facts.

Grades 1-3: Strategies for Increasing Your Students' Reading Fluency
This course will help you implement a wide variety of fluency-boosting lessons, strategies, and activities for primary-grade students. You’ll see experienced primary teachers working directly with young students, demonstrating ways to improve children’s reading rate, expression, phrasing, and intonation.

Grades 1-3: Using Guided Reading to Strengthen Students' Reading Skills at the Developing Level
Growing literacy learners need a guided reading format that addresses their increasing capability and capacity for reading independence. In this online course two outstanding teachers and guided reading practitioners provide models, explanations, and suggestions for moving students from emergent level reading instruction into guided reading lessons and activities more appropriate to young, developing literacy learners

Grades 1-3: Using Guided Reading to Strengthen Students' Reading Skills at the Fluent Level
As children progress to near-fluent and fluent levels of literacy, they continue to reap great benefits from the structure and support that guided reading provides. In this course, you'll see how young readers are able to strengthen their fluency, comprehension, and higher-level thinking skills over a wide variety of text, both fiction and nonfiction in small, flexible guided reading groups.

Grades 2-5: Comprehension Strategies That Help Your Struggling Students Be More Successful Readers
In this on demand, video-based course, Linda Hoyt, a recognized expert in the field of reading, demonstrates outstanding comprehension strategies with groups of children, grades 2-5.

Grades 2-6: Vocabulary Strategies that Boost Students' Reading Comprehension
In this on demand, online course you will see a variety of strategies that expand the listening and reading vocabularies of elementary age students.

Grades 3-5: Teaching Students to Comprehend More Deeply
This course demonstrates strategies that are ideally suited to students in grades 3-5. Lessons include how to: use a range of texts to teach students to read for greater understanding, strengthen students' use of author's craft and text structure to increase their comprehension, and enhance students' ability to draw evidence from text and explain it orally and in writing.

Grades 3-6: A Practical Approach to Classroom Management and Discipline: Management and Intervention Strategies that Keep Students On Task and Learning
This video-based professional development course demonstrates ways to manage highly productive learning situations, use intervention strategies to quickly address off-task student behavior, and implement a problem-solving approach to discipline.

Grades 3-6: A Practical Approach to Management and Discipline: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging and Difficult Students
This video-based professional development course demonstrates practical, classroom-tested strategies for addressing the misbehaviors of difficult students and de-escalating potentially volatile situations. You'll also see how to apply these same strategies in conferences to help noncompliant intermediate grade students take responsibility for their actions.

Grades 3-6: Developing Core Math Problem-Solving Strategies
This course focuses on strengthening grade 3-6 students' use of tables, patterns, pictures, and diagrams as problem-solving tools. You'll learn the characteristics of effective problem solving instruction. All of the ideas, lessons and strategies in this course are designed to be implemented as part of an effective intermediate-level mathematics program.

Grades 3-6: Expanding Students' Repertoire of Math Problem-Solving Strategies
In this course, you'll observe many ways to engage intermediate grade level students in developing more sophisticated problem-solving strategies. As students encounter open-ended problems, they must learn to select the most appropriate problem-solving strategies. You'll see how to help students use their complete repertoire of skills and strategies to solve interesting and engaging problems.

Grades 3:6: Increasing Students' Mastery of Multiplication and Division Facts
Intermediate grade students who have a firm grasp of math facts are better prepared for learning increasingly complex math concepts. This video-based course demonstrates a variety of highly engaging ways to develop upper elementary students' proficiency with multiplication and division math facts.

Grades 3-6: Meaningful Independent Literacy Centers and Activities to Keep Students Learning While You Teach Reading Groups
This online course takes viewers inside three schools where intermediate students are actively engaged in a wide variety of independent literacy-building activities as part of a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction. Far from "busy work," meaningful centers and assignments are ideally suited to learners in grades three through six.

Grades 3-6: Practical Strategies for Differentiating Instruction
This video-based professional development course takes a look inside intermediate-grade classrooms where teachers and children are engaged in differentiated learning activities in core subject areas. Experienced teachers demonstrate classroom-proven strategies and activities designed to support differentiation, maximize student achievement across academic areas using choice options and enhance students' learning using small flexible groups.

Grades 3-6: Practical Ways to Differentiate Instruction Using Tiered Assignments and Tapping the Power of Multiple-Intelligences
Differentiating instruction is essential to meeting the wide range of learning needs in intermediate classrooms. In this course, teachers demonstrate time-effective, practical strategies to address the range of readiness levels and learning needs in grades 3-6 classrooms and stretch all students to higher levels of thinking and achievement.

Grades 3-6: Starting the Year with Proactive Classroom Management Strategies
Getting the school year off to a good start is foundational to effective classroom management. This video-based course focuses on vital beginning of the year practices that set the stage for a well-organized learning environment and reduce the potential for misbehavior.

Grades 3-6: Using Guided Math to Strengthen Students' Math Learning
Guided math is a versatile instructional strategy that works well with all math programs. In this video based course, you'll see experienced intermediate grade teachers provide explanations, models, and practical strategies for implementing small group guided math lessons to strengthen students' mathematical understanding and deepen their mathematical thinking.

Grades 3-6: Using Guided Reading to Strengthen Students’ Reading Skills
In this course you will see experienced intermediate grade level teachers working with guided reading groups to increase students' literacy growth and deepen their understanding of text. You'll see how guided reading uniquely combines the critical attributes of small group instruction and one-on-one coaching to move students forward as readers.

Grades 3-6: Using Six-Trait Mini-Lessons to Strengthen Students' Writing
This outstanding course demonstrates a variety of engaging six-trait mini-lessons in intermediate classrooms. The strategies in this program will help you deepen students' understanding of the components of good writing and extend their writing skills.

Grades 3-6: Using Writing to Strengthen Your Students' Understanding of Math Concepts and Skills
Third through sixth grade learners need to gain proficiency in math calculation skills, but computation is not enough to ensure math understanding. This video-based online learning course takes you into intermediate grade classrooms to watch teachers engage students in thinking, talking and writing to help them analyze, process, and articulate new mathematical learning.

Grades 4-12: 101 Best Strategies for Teaching World Languages
This course is organized around video clips of a seminar by Alice Kosnik, an experienced world language teacher and national trainer. You’ll see Alice present and demonstrate practical strategies to increase students’ acquisition of any new language. You'll find a wealth of suggestions for taking new ideas back to your own classroom, including ways to adapt each strategy or technique based on the level of your students’ language learning.

Grades 6-12: A Practical Approach to Management and Discipline: Starting the Year with Proactive Classroom Management Strategies
This video-based professional development course demonstrates how to engage middle and high school students in a well-managed, highly productive first day of class; establish key classroom routines to maximize daily learning, and implement proactive strategies and techniques that create positive classroom environments and minimize misbehavior.

Grades 6-12: A Practical Approach to Management and Discipline: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging, Difficult Students
This video-based professional development course demonstrates practical, classroom-tested strategies for addressing the misbehaviors of difficult students, de-escalating potentially volatile situations, and facilitating problem-solving conferences to help noncompliant students in grades 6-12 take responsibility for their actions.

Grades 6-12: Co-Teaching Strategies that Maximize the Instructional Impact of Inclusion Classrooms
This course takes you inside the classrooms of experienced co-teachers to demonstrate the power of co-teaching to maximize learning for all students in middle and high school inclusion classrooms. You will observe co-teaching approaches that truly utilize the strengths of both teachers to increase student involvement and further enhance student achievement in grade 6-12 classrooms.

Grades 6-12: Easy-to-Implement Co-Teaching Strategies to Increase Learning for All Students in Inclusion Classrooms
In this online learning course, you will see a number of practical, simple co-teaching strategies that can immediately be implemented in classrooms, grades 6-12.

Grades 6-12: Flipped Learning: Practical Classroom-Based Strategies that Boost Student Learning and Achievement
Flipped learning enables teachers to facilitate powerful learning experiences for students in grades 6-12. The first portion of this course highlights how teachers design ways for students to gain basic course concepts outside of class, a key element of flipped learning. In the rest of the course, you'll see middle school and high school teachers demonstrate how a flipped learning approach has enabled them to transform class time into active learning environments that keep students engaged and learning. All of the strategies demonstrated are ideal for secondary level teachers across content areas to incorporate into their classroom settings.

Grades 6-12: Instructional Strategies that Enhance Student Learning in Block Schedules
This On Demand Online course takes you inside secondary classrooms where you'll see teachers demonstrate strategies that incorporate student movement, hands-on learning, as well as techniques that spark student interaction and encourage students’ creativity through the use of imagery.

Grades 6-12: Interactive Vocabulary Strategies That Boost Student Learning and Achievement
Directly teaching vocabulary improves reading comprehension and increases subject area achievement. This course takes you inside classrooms, grades 6-12, where teachers are using highly engaging instructional strategies to help students commit vocabulary to long-term memory and deepen their understanding of course content.

Grades 6-12: Practical Classroom Strategies for Making Inclusion More Successful
This online course features National Trainer Sonya Heineman Kunkel and a group of highly-skilled secondary teachers who demonstrate a number of effective strategies for enhancing the learning of students with special needs in inclusive classroom settings.

Grades 6-12: Practical Strategies for Differentiating Instruction
This video-based professional development course provides a brief description of key elements of differentiation. Teachers demonstrate a variety of ways to maximize learning and engagement with student choice. You'll see how to capitalize on students' strengths and interests, as well as address a range of learning needs by incorporating a variety of learning modes in daily lesson plans.

Grades 6-12: Practical Ways to Differentiate Instruction Using Tiered Assignments and Flexible Grouping
In this course, teacher demonstrate effective ways to use tiered assignments and flexible grouping to target students’ readiness levels and interests across content areas in grades 6-12. All the approaches demonstrated in the course enhance student engagement and boost student learning.

Grades 6-12: Strengthening Your Students' Writing Skills by Teaching Smarter, Not Harder
This video-based online course features experienced English teacher Mary Ellen Ledbetter as she works with middle and high school students. She demonstrates a variety of practical and manageable strategies that help students extend and revise their writing, improve their grammar and writing mechanics, and increase the sophistication and style of their written work. All English/language arts educators – whether first-year teachers or veteran instructors – will find new, time-efficient strategies they can immediately implement in their own classrooms to improve their students’ writing.

Grades K-2: A Practical Approach to Classroom Management and Discipline: Management and Intervention Strategies that Promote Responsible Student Behavior and Prevent Discipline Problems
This video-based professional development course demonstrates ways to develop young students’ self-management skills, use intervention strategies to quickly address off-task student behavior, and increase students’ problem-solving proficiency.

Grades K-2: A Practical Approach to Classroom Management and Discipline: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging, Difficult Students
This video-based professional development course demonstrates practical, classroom-tested strategies for intervening with a wide range of challenging student behaviors, as well as a variety of techniques for helping young students gain control of their behavior and act more responsibly.

Grades K-2: Best Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension: Making Connections, Summarizing, and Questioning
In this course national trainer Mary Beth Allen and other experienced primary-grade educators use research-based, classroom-proven strategies and activities to strengthen young students' reading comprehension. Teachers explain, model, and actively engage diverse groups of students with questions and prompts during read-aloud, shared reading, and guided reading lessons.

Grades K-2: Best Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension: Predicting and Inferring, Visualizing, and Determining Important Content in Informational Text
In this course national trainer Mary Beth Allen and other experienced primary-grade educators use research-based, classroom-proven strategies and activities to strengthen young students' reading comprehension. Teachers provide explicit instruction on predicting and inferring, visualizing, and determining the important content in informational text during read-aloud, shared reading, and guided reading lessons.

Grades K-2: Early Intervention Strategies for Students Struggling with Reading Accuracy and Fluency
Early intervention focused on foundational reading skills is vital to the development of struggling readers in grades K-2. In this online learning course, teachers demonstrate small-group intervention strategies and techniques for improving reading accuracy and fluency — two key attributes of proficient readers. You will see a wealth of strategies that can easily be implemented in any approach to reading instruction to help students meet grade level reading standards.

Grades K-2: Early Intervention Strategies for Students Struggling with Reading Comprehension
This online learning course focuses on practical, easy-to-implement intervention strategies for strengthening children's understanding of what they are reading – all in the highly supportive context of small group instruction. Filmed in primary grade classrooms, students will see teachers demonstrate strategies ideal for increasing the comprehension of struggling readers in any approach to reading instruction.

Grades K-2: Practical Ways to Differentiate Instruction
This video-based professional development course takes a look inside primary-grade classrooms where teachers and children are engaged in differentiated teaching and learning. Experienced teachers demonstrate classroom-proven strategies and activities designed to support differentiation, maximize student participation in whole class lessons and enhance their learning using small flexible groups.

Grades K-2: Practical Ways to Differentiate Instruction Using Tiered Assignments, Student Choice and Other Exemplary Strategies
This course takes viewers into classrooms, grades K-2, where teachers are using practical differentiation strategies and techniques to adjust instruction, materials, and activities so all primary students can move forward as thinkers and learners and meet essential learning expectations.

Grades K-2: Starting the Year with Proactive Classroom Management Strategies
This video-based course focuses on routines, procedures and practices that are sure to enhance not only that critical first day of school, but will help set the tone for a productive, learning-filled school year.

Grades K-2: Using a Six-Trait Model to Extend Students Writing
In this course you'll observe children in grades K-2 classrooms in the spring of the year as teachers support and scaffold their writing development using the six traits of effective writing. These young authors began writing on the very first day of school and have been participating every day in writing workshop and six trait writing activities and lessons.

Grades K-2: Using a Six-Trait Model to Launch Students as Writers
In this course you'll see teachers guiding primary-grade students' writing (and drawing) at the very beginning of the school year. The instructional focus is on three foundational writing traits: ideas, organization and conventions

Grades K-2: Using Guided Math to Strengthen Students' Math Learning
This video-based professional development course demonstrates how to implement guided math as an effective way to address the diverse needs of primary students and increase their understanding and proficiency in math. Guided math is a technique, not a curriculum. Teachers use guided math groups to enhance existing math materials and programs.

Grades K-3: Maximizing the Benefits of Literacy Centers: Meaningful Activities that Boost Reading and Writing
In this course, you will see a wealth of activities and ideas "in action" within K-3 classrooms. Literacy center expert Linda Holliman explains and demonstrates practical ways to manage center work and greatly increase the value of students' independent literacy time.

Grades K-3: Using Guided Reading to Strengthen Students' Reading Skills at the Emergent Level
In this course you will see an experienced primary teacher demonstrate how guided reading lessons help emergent-level readers unlock the meaning of text. You'll see students engage with print, increase their sight vocabularies and phonics skills, and gain fluency.

Grades K-3: Using Literacy Centers to Strengthen Your Reading and Writing Program
This on demand, video-based course takes you inside primary classrooms where teachers are using literacy centers to reinforce reading and writing skills and concepts.

Grades K-5: Maximizing the Active Participation and Language Learning of ELL Students Using Read Aloud, Shared Reading and Word Work
This high-energy course demonstrates how to enhance the language and literacy growth of English language learners within whole group lessons and activities. Teachers demonstrate how to increase the participation of second language learners and infuse whole class literacy lessons with visual, tactile and kinesthetic strategies that engage all students.

Grades K-6: Co-Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms: Effective Small Group Structures and Strategies
This course is designed to help elementary co-teachers strengthen their small group instruction. The program explains and demonstrates four different co-teaching structures, or models, for effective small group lessons and activities. Within each structure, participants will see different strategies that successfully address the needs of students with disabilities.

Grades K-6: Co-Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms: Effective Whole Group Structures and Strategies
This course examines six different ways co-teachers can structure class lessons and activities to best meet the learning needs of a wide range of students

Grades K-6: Facilitating the Classroom Learning of Students with Asperger Syndrome and High-Function Autism
In this online learning course, teachers in inclusive classrooms demonstrate practical, innovative ways to successfully strengthen the engagement and learning of students on the autism spectrum.

Grades K-6: Practical Behavior Management Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom
In this On Demand Online course you will see a variety of strategies that can be used with both whole groups of students to create positive classroom routines and procedures, as well as techniques to address specific behavioral issues of individual students.

Grades K-6: Response to Intervention: Strengthen Your Tier One Reading Instruction and Intervention
Response to Intervention is a powerful framework for providing the types of instruction and intervention all students need to become competent readers. This online course focuses on practical ways to enhance the learning of struggling readers within Tier One classroom reading programs.

Grades K-6: Response to Intervention: Strengthening Your Tier 2 Interventions with Struggling Readers
RTI Tier 2 interventions supplement core classroom reading instruction and accelerate the learning progress of struggling readers. This course demonstrates how three different schools have organized Tier 2 intervention cycles to meet student needs, capitalize on the strengths of their instructional staffs, and make best use of available resources.

Grades K-6: Strengthen Your Math Instruction with Strategies from Singapore
The video in this course is from a live seminar by Jeff Stenroos, an experienced educator, classroom teacher and national trainer. You'll not only see Jeff explain and demonstrate strategies from Singapore to enhance your math instruction and students' math learning in grades K-6, you’ll have opportunities to engage in the seminar activities yourself.

Grades K-6: Using iPad Technology and iPad Apps to Increase Student Learning
The video in this course is from a live seminar by Joanne Troutner, an experienced educator, technology specialist and national trainer. You'll see Joanne review, highlight and recommend a wide range of tech tools and iPad apps with widespread appeal for both teachers and students. The course includes all of the print materials Joanne refers to in her seminar.

Grades K-6: Using Response to Intervention to Enhance Math Instruction for Struggling Students
This video-based online learning course demonstrates the power of Response to Intervention to increase the effectiveness of mathematics instruction and enhance the learning, motivation, and confidence of struggling math learners, grades K-6.

Grades K-6: Using the Response to Intervention Model for Disruptive and Difficult Student Behaviors
This video-based online course features National Trainer Kathryn Phillips and the dedicated staff of one elementary school who demonstrate ways to address all levels of student behavior within a well developed, fully implemented Response to Intervention model, grades K-6.

Grades K-12: Practical Strategies for Special Education Paraprofessionals in Inclusive Classrooms
Skilled paraprofessionals are critical to the success of students with special needs in general education inclusive classrooms. This course demonstrates practical, highly-effective strategies that enhance the learning and performance of special education students in K-12 inclusive classrooms.