NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Bldg Healthy Relationships/Student Achievement/Educator Effectiveness (P-12)

EDUC 600




Instructor: Karen Pentak

Grading: Letter

Monday, October 13, 2014 - Friday, November 07, 2014

Section 2: November 5 - December 3, 2014
Section 3: November 7 - December 14, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

Relationships are the vehicle that connects students to curriculum and instruction.  Student and staff relationships affect the entire school and community.  How is student learning enhanced by strong relationships?  How can students learn and use relationship skills to the end that they will have a positive effect on student achievement?  How can we develop strong, healthy, appropriate student-staff relationships?  This 3-credit continuing education graduate course will explore answers to the questions and provide strategies for creating and maintaining healthy school and classroom relationships. The key strategies of listening, enhancing self-esteem and maintaining a healthy stress free lifestyle will also be emphasized. Course methodology will include a review of current and relevant research of the theories, principles and conceptual foundations related to the topic as well as presentations by current experts in the field, group interaction, and personal reflection and internet searches.  This course is available for one, two or three continuing education graduate credits.  The topic and timeline delineations are included below in the course schedule and in the schedule of readings, topics and assignments. Lots of ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be presented, analyzed and evaluated.


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

1.  The theoretical base of healthy relationships with underlying principles and concepts.

2.  The power of relationships to influence students and their achievement.

3.  The related current and relevant research.

4.  The components of healthy relationships.

5.  What pitfalls and problems should not be part of healthy relationships.

6.  How positive, genuine self-esteem contributes to relationships.

7.  What strategies promote relationship building and maintenance.

8.  The role of healthy self-care in building and maintaining relationships.

9.  How to develop a doable Plan of Action based on the ideas, strategies, materials and activities presented.

10. How enhancing healthy relationships will have a direct impact on student achievement.


The required text and readings are:

Basic Textbook: Blanchard, Ken, Lacinak, Thad, Tompkins, Chuck, & Ballard, Jim. (2002). Whale Done! The Power of Positive Relationships. New York, NY, Simon and Schuster.

Supplemental ReferencesFay, Jim, & Funk, David. (1995). Teaching With Love & Logic. Golden, CO, The Love & Logic Press. Pino, Edward C. (2009). Teaching More With Less Stress. Menomonie, WI, Westwind Graphics.

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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