Engaging the K-12 Classroom with Rigorous Curriculum

1-3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for DoDEA Educators Only

This course is designed to support and challenge learners through a professional improvement goal related to our school action plan, district or agency initiative.  The course will be designed around cycles of learning that include co-planning with the instructor. The next step of the cycle is a classroom visit to allow for feedback on the co-planned learning event. Debriefing will occur soon after the classroom visit. Reflection and adjustment will occur after the debrief. This cycle will occur a minimum of two times for this one credit course. Participants may be asked to volunteer to share their plans, participate in instructional rounds with other teachers or to videotape their best practices while participating in this course. The course will culminate with the participant drafting a plan to continue implementation and growth toward and beyond their goal. This job embedded work gives educators in a remote location access to an opportunity to have individualized support to carry out agency initiatives.

You will choose between 1, 2, and 3 semester units (choose only one section).

Course Details

Number of Units:  1.0 - 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours available, choose only one option.

Who Should Attend:  This course provides continuing education to DoDEA educators, in particular, DoDEA Teachers and Support Staff.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price

What You Will Learn

  • Create inspiring curriculum for the classroom utilizing UBD in order to promote productive learning that is in line with DoDEA's adopted standard and primary curricular resources
  • Identify new curriculum that needs to be created and/or existing curriculum that needs to be revised (units, modules, lessons, labs, etc.)
  • Utilize backwards design to drive a planning process to include a focus on rigor differentiation, engagement, questioning, and assessment
  • Develop a plan, review the plan with the instructor, use instructor feedback to design new projects, lessons, and materials for curriculum
  • Produce curriculum that will be used in the classroom
  • Align curriculum, assessments, and lessons to DoDEA's priority of increasing rigor
  • Align curriculum and lessons to involve intentional planning around asking higher order questions, engagement, formative assessment, differentiation, problem solving, reasoning, and productive struggle
  • Utilize IC Maps to help drive goals and focus in planning


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

Key Benefits of Credit Validation Courses

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Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

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Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.