Modern PD For Modern Educators
It's our mission to deliver high quality and cutting edge PD to teachers across the world in a convenient, affordable, and practical manner. That's why we've made it our prerogative to distill all of the research, best practices, and truly modern instructional techniques into a modular online course that you can access anywhere, anytime, at the pace that's right for you.
Modern Mastery: The Cutting Edge
The strategies, practices, and fields described below below reflect the content that's packed into our Modern Mastery online PD course. Each of these modules is brimming with the most powerful, cutting edge, and popular practices in education. Whether you're striving to meet specific professional goals, or you're simply looking to be the best educator you can be, Modern Mastery online PD promises to meet your needs.
Student Centered Instruction
This portion provides an in-depth exploration of tried and true student centered instructional strategies, all closely aligned with modern research on teaching and learning. Whether you're searching for new practices to engage your students, to achieve the highest levels on your teacher evaluation rubric, or to simply evolve your craft, this focus area represents a shift into 21st century instructional design for veterans and rookies alike.
Neuroscience & Student Engagement
With the advent of fMRI scans, we have literally been able to see through students' skulls and into their brains as they engage in learning tasks. This segment of the course explores cutting edge neuroscience research as it pertains to student engagement, motivation, and learning. (This is, perhaps, the most important portion of the course that current day teacher preparation programs are still failing to provide new teachers!)
Gamification & Game-Based Learning
Games are incredibly powerful motivators, and a growing body of research has shown that they can play a significant role in heightening student engagement, creating longer lasting understandings, and even fostering critical thinking. This portion of the course explores both gamification and game-based learning as means for incentivizing students, for increasing engagement, and for deepening their learning.
Enhancing Teaching & Learning With Technology
This is the quintessential "ed tech" segment of the course. Begin with an overview of what effective ed tech implementation looks like (e.g. purposeful and practical integration of digital tools), as well as a review of common ed tech frameworks, such as the SAMR model and the TPACK Framework. Then, explore a variety digital tools that meet the needs of your classroom. Perfect for both 1:1 and BYO learning environments.
Modern Mastery: There's More To It
Wondering what kinds of modern pedagogy we'll be diving into? Look no further. Modern Mastery PD explores a variety of trending, popular, and powerful topics in the current educational landscape. Each of these strategies and topics are embedded throughout the Modern Mastery online PD course.
Problem Based & Project Based Learning
Explore the differences between Problem-Based and Project-Based learning, and learn how both can be used to foster a culture of inquiry and critical thinking in your classroom.
Student Motivation & Classroom Management
Borrow from current research in psychology, motivation, and neuroscience to gain a better understanding of what makes your kiddos tick -- with strategies to boot.
Personalized Learning & Differentiated Instruction
We've recognized the power of differentiated instruction for years, but the advent of new technologies has heralded in the age of personalization. Packed with tools and practical strategies.
Time Hacking & Productivity For Teachers
Teachers are notoriously pressed for time. So many papers to grade, such little time. These "time hacks" promise to boost your productivity, and to help you reclaim countless hours.
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How long does this course take to complete?
This course was designed to take four weeks to complete. In its original design, the content was "dripped" to students one week at a time -- but in an effort to increase flexibility, all course content available immediately upon registering. (If you feel the urge to binge your professional learning over a long weekend -- well, why not?!) Upon completion of the course, you will receive a professional development certificate for 20 PD hours.
What if I don't like the course once I begin?
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What's worse than paying for registration, travel, and lodging, only to walk into a professional development experience that fails to meet your expectations?
Teacher Fuel was literally built, from the ground up, to save you from this experience. We're confident that our coursework will empower your classroom presence, expand your repertoire, and transform your practice -- and, if you're dissatisfied for any reason as you begin our coursework, within the first seven days of your registration, we're happy to provide a full refund, no questions asked.
Will my district pay for this?
Most school districts set aside a sizable pool of money in their budgets for professional development purposes, and Teacher Fuel's coursework falls into the same category as the kinds of workshops or conferences that schools have traditionally paid to send teachers to.
The majority of school districts are also awarded Title II funding from the government in order to provide continuous, ongoing training that helps teachers to learn new strategies to help students achieve at higher levels... and Teacher Fuel serves precisely this purpose!
If you'd like to learn more, or if you'd like to request a quote for your school district, click here!
Do you accept POs?
Yes, we're do accept Purchase Orders, and we're more than happy to work with your school's specific purchasing needs. Click here to request a quote!
What if I'm too busy to take a course right now?
All of our coursework was built with flexibility in mind. We know how busy teachers' lives are. We know that on top of papers to grade and lessons to plan, you have a family, friends, and hobbies of your own. That's why our course adheres to the following:
- Self-paced lesson modules, so you can proceed through each course as quickly or slowly as makes sense for you. (You can devour our coursework in intensive sprints ... or, you can "drip feed" our content slowly over the course of the school year.)
- Our coursework cuts the fluff, so everything is meaningful, and everything will have a direct impact on your teaching. We aren't here to waste your time. We're here to fuel your passion and refine your craft.
- Many of our video modules double as audio modules. Turn your commute into a world class professional development experience at the push of a button.
- Our coursework is web based and is optimized to work on any device. Start at your desktop computer in your classroom, continue on your mobile phone on your drive home, and wrap up on a laptop or tablet before bed.
We know that your time is valuable, so we've prioritized making our coursework as flexible and impactful as possible. If you make the choice to prioritize your professional development, Teacher Fuel will give you the tools you need to grow and succeed!
Will this actually improve my teaching?
Yes! Our coursework is designed to bridge theory and practice, and to provide teachers with practical strategies they can implement immediately. This is where our coursework is designed to shine, and is precisely where most graduate courses and workshops fall short.
Beyond improving your teaching, some of our course modules (especially Neuroscience & Student Engagement) are designed to transform your understanding of teaching and learning. Check out teacher testimonials to learn more!
What does "Modern Mastery Certification" do for my career?
When you complete our "Modern Mastery" series and earn our certificate, you're demonstrating -- to your employer, your principal, your students, your parents, and yourself -- that you are committed to being the best teacher that you can be.
Our "Modern Mastery Certification" is built to help teachers set themselves apart, and to empower them with cutting edge PD that is otherwise nearly impossible to track down, afford, and attend. Your current principal, or any prospective school district at which you may be seeking employment, will surely be impressed knowing you're this committed to the art of teaching, the science of learning, and world class professional growth.
Will I earn PD hours for the work I do in these courses?
While the manner in which PD hours are awarded varies from district to district, Teacher Fuel's Modern Mastery online PD course does culminate with a PD Certificate that indicates how many hours the course is designed to take (20 hours).
Is there a benefit to taking these courses over a university based graduate course?
Yes! In short, Teacher Fuel was designed to shine where the vast majority of university courses and workshops fall short.
Most graduate programs and grad courses are handcuffed to specific rules and requirements. Sometimes, they're stuck focusing on new state initiatives. Sometimes, they're handcuffed to archaic practices that they would be criticized by purists for skipping out on. Often, their curricula is so packed with educational theorists from the 1800s, courses about education reform, lectures about Piaget and Vygostsky, and field experiences that the notion of introducing additional courses on modern teaching practices is simply out of reach.
Some of the best graduate programs in the world do offer courses on Neuroscience, on Game-Based Learning, on Student Centered Instruction, and more. We love Dartmouth's center for cognitive neuroscience. We love the University of Wisconsin-Madison's courses on game-based learning. And we love how Harvard's graduate school of education has embraced bringing student centered instruction to the forefront of its teaching and learning curriculum. But it's Teacher Fuel's mission to take all of that really good stuff, to make it accessible and practical, and to offer it here.
What if I can't afford the cost of registration?
The cost of our program should never be the barrier preventing you from participating. We've built our courses with accessibility in mind, so if cost is an issue, consider the following:
(#1) Ask your school district to cover the costs of your professional development! Moneys budgeted for professional development and/or Title II funding are both great ways to any school district to pay for your registration. To request a quote for your school or district, click here.
(#2) We do offer a payment plan that breaks the cost of the course down into four affordable monthly payments.
(#3) Fundraising platforms such as DonorsChoose can be a great way to raise money for educational projects and professional endeavors, too!
What sets Teacher Fuel apart from other online courses?
Teacher Fuel was built for the purpose of delivering high quality and cutting edge PD to teachers across the world in a convenient, affordable, and practical manner. Most online courses are thrown together as a way for educational companies to make a few extra bucks. They're afterthoughts, and they often feel like afterthoughts.
For Teacher Fuel, PD isn't an afterthought. It's our lifeblood.
Our passion for teaching and learning is unparalleled. Our commitment to empowering teachers is tremendous. Our courses put you in the driver's seat of your professional growth. And we're so invested in your experience that we're happy to offer a full refund within seven days of your course registration if you're dissatisfied for any reason.
For how long will I have access to the course?
The length of your course access may vary depending on the level of your course registration, but typically, registration provides access for a minimum of one full year.
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