NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Improving Education through Collaboration (P-12)

EDUC 600




Instructor: Dr. Ed Pino

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

Schools need collaboration to keep adults and students learning and to successfully implement new ideas. This 3-credit continuing education graduate course will cover the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts related to collaboration. Effective collaboration requires that educators have the skills of relationship building, clear and positive communication, and conflict resolution.  Also important is on-going review of the collaborative process.  Participants in this course will learn about the components of effective collaboration as well as strategies and skills to encourage and maintain the process.  Participants will have the opportunity to apply several practical tools in their educational setting. Lots of materials, activities, strategies and ideas will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that students of course participants will know, understand and be able to implement these tools which will result in higher student achievement.


  1. How to help students better understand the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts of the course content.
  2. The importance of the collaborative process for learning.
  3. The role of effective collaboration in the implementation of new ideas.
  4. The necessary components of effective collaboration.
  5. The skills needed for individuals to participate in the process.
  6. How to implement specific strategies for incorporating models learned into the school and classroom.
  7. Students of course participants will know, understand and be able to implement five specific achievement tools which will result in higher student performance levels.

Required Texts:

DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & Many, T. (2008).  Learning by Doing. Bloomington, IN, Solution Tree.

Snell, M. E., Janney, R., Elliott, J., & Beck, M. (2005).  Collaborative Teaming: Teacher’s Guide to Inclusive Practices.  Baltimore, MD:  Brooks Publishing Co.    

About The Instructor

Ed Pino
Dr. Ed Pino

Dr. Ed Pino, Ph.D., Ed.D., Oxford Society of Scholars, is an alumnus of Michigan State, George Washington, Harvard, Stanford, and American Universities with specialties in psychology, curriculum, school management and religious education. Dr. Pino also conducted Post-doctoral studies and lectures in Comparative Studies at Oxford University, England. Dr. Pino has experience as an elementary, junior high and senior high teacher, community college and university level teacher and administrator. Dr. Pino was an Assistant Principal, Principal (Elementary and Secondary), Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent of Schools for 20 years in 4 states, the Far East, and in Europe. His last superintendent role before retirement was in the prestigious Cherry Creek Schools of Metropolitan Denver, where his creative and innovative efforts won 12 national awards in his seven-year tenure. Dr. Pino has authored 43 books and booklets. He has taught graduate level courses for 52 colleges and universities, including public and private state university systems in the U.S. and foreign countries. He is the winner of the AASA Distinguished Professor Award and of the Educator's Professional of the Year Award by the American Biographical Institute, International Board of Research.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.