High-Quality Instructional Practices SY 2023–24: Planning, Alignment, and Assessment

1 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for DoDEA Participants Only

In this one-hour course, participants will be able to deepen their knowledge of High-Quality Instructional Practices which can be achieved when educators foster student-centered learning environments, provide standards-based curricula, and apply evidence-based teaching and assessment practices in engaging, differentiated, and culturally responsive ways.

This course involves 15 hours of professional learning that builds upon each of the five CCR professional learning sessions which occur during the school year. Participants will explore ways to foster a positive classroom community, align learning goals, incorporate evidence-based teaching strategies, formatively assess student learning, and utilize data analysis for instructional adjustments. By focusing on this type of intentional planning, curricular alignment, and assessment, participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of these practices and apply them within their own teaching context. Throughout the course participants will collaborate with their colleagues as they share and provide feedback on student ‘artifacts’ that represent the implementation of a new instructional practice. Participants will also reflect on changes in their practice (both before and after implementing a strategy from the CCR professional learning).

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for DoDEA Educators.

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What You Will Learn

  • Apply the attributes of highly effective teams during team meetings
  • Describe the elements of and rationale behind DoDEA’s high-quality instructional practices
  • Describe and apply the benefits of promoting social and emotional learning in classrooms
  • Implement strategies during the opening part of a lesson to activate, assess, and augment relevant knowledge related to the content objective and success criteria


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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.

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

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