NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Using Classroom Learning Centers To Different Instruction (P-12)

EDUC 600




Instructor: Kimberly Nielsen

Grading: Letter

Monday, October 06, 2014 - Monday, November 17, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

This three-credit continuing education course will provide the theoretical base with underlying principles and concepts focusing on learning centers in P-12 classrooms. Beginning with this theoretical base and moving through to practical application, this course will result in higher student achievement levels for students being served.  It will also provide a forum for teachers to swap their center development ideas, experiences, and results, multiplying the practical material and practice gained from this course.  The intended outcome of the course is to provide regular classroom teachers with the knowledge, time, confidence, and creative ideas to develop centers to the end that they will have a positive result on student achievement. Lots of ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that higher student achievement levels will result.


As result of this participation in this course, participants will know and understand:

1.      The theory for the course content together with underlying principles and concepts using the “tool” of higher level thinking skills.

2.      How best to implement centers in small group and one-on-one instruction to the end that this will help improve student achievement.

3.      How to design, create, and implement centers for the classroom.

4.      How to collaborate with teachers in the course to exchange ideas in order to expand their center ideas into an effective classroom management system.

5.      How to plan a classroom strategy on how to use their new center management to also help differentiate other aspects of their teaching.

6.      How to reflect and assess the results of center implementation.

7.      How to develop a Plan of Action for ongoing use of centers. 


The required text is: 

Diller, D. (2005). Practice with purpose: Literacy work stations for grades 3-6. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

About The Instructor

Kim Nielsen
Kimberly Nielsen

Kimberly Nielsen earned an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she also earned a B.S. in Elementary Education. Kimberly has over 18 years of experience in Elementary Education.




Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however textbooks are not included.

**Registration Instructions:

You will be directed to the IGS website for registration.

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