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Distance Education for K-12 Educators

All courses are self-paced and taught on the Schoology platform.

The Center for Professional Development is proud to present Professional Development Seminars for K-12 educators online, taught by certified special educator Michael DeMario. Mr. DeMario has dedicated his time to work with student with emotional disabilities on Long Island, NY and his self-paced courses, taught online over three weeks, allow educators to complete course work on their own time for up to 60  professional development hours.

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Michael DeMario is a certified special educator who has dedicated his time to working with students with emotional disabilities on Long Island, NY. He has over 10 years of classroom experience working in a variety of special education settings. He is a professional development course developer for school teachers and has been teaching in this capacity for the past four years. Much of his research and focus has surrounded the Common Core State Standards and blended learning models. He is an adjunct professor at Ashland University and has been teaching graduate level courses there since 2012. He is a member of the Long Island Social Studies Council and has been recognized as a Highly Effective Teacher in New York

CPD is offering four three-week seminars that can be taken a la carte or all four at once!

All courses are ONLINE! Course work is on your own - must be completed within three weeks of your start date.

Registration is rolling for these courses. Once you've registered, please allow 2-3 business days to get your log-in credentials.

BUNDLE PRICE for all 4: $435 for DU alumni, $449 for educators
Special DU alumni rate: $129/course
$140/course for non-alumni educators
(Each course satisfies 15 professional development hours towards licensure)

Register today!! 


Flipped Classroom


The premise behind the flipped classroom is to create an environment where the lecture and homework aspects of a course are reversed. This course will analyze the theories and research supporting flipped lessons, as well as introduce educators to online tools and resources to create a successful and meaningful flipped experience. Participants will explore and utilize many free resources including TED TALKS, Khan Academy and the New York Times.

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Course Description:

One of the hottest buzz phrases in education today is the “flipped classroom.” The premise behind the flipped classroom is to create an environment where the lecture and homework aspects of a course are reversed. Today’s student, who is more tech savvy than ever before, is equipped to access content at home, replacing the traditional in-class lecture. This then allows for class time to be spent applying concepts and completing guided practice activity with an increased opportunity for student questioning. Flipped lessons provide for more active learning opportunities with students taking more responsibility reaching learning objectives. This course will analyze the theories and research supporting flipped lessons, as well as introduce educators to online tools and resources to create a successful and meaningful flipped experience. Participants will explore and utilize many free resources including TED TALKS, Khan Academy and the New York Times.

Learning Objective: Participants will come away with the following:

  • Better understanding of the concept of the flipped classroom
  • Learn why flipping your classroom can increase student involvement and participation
  • Ability to design lessons that promote higher level thinking skills
  • Skills to facilitate collaboration between teacher and student
  • Improved classroom management capabilities through flipping the classroom

Integrating Technology into Your Classroom

This course will allow educators to build a repertoire of tools for integrating technology into the classroom. This course will allow educators to explore online tools and other strategies for integrating technology into their daily lesson plans. Course participants will research and develop classroom strategies for surrounding blended learning, flipped classroom, QR Codes, instructional games, TED Talks and lesson plans, Khan Academy, instructional videos, and utilizing mobile devices in the classroom. Teachers will also explore technology options for communicating with parents.

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Course Description:

This course will allow educators to build a repertoire of tools for integrating technology into the classroom. Utilizing technology in your content area is more than letting students “use computers” or going to a computer lab. This course will allow educators to explore online tools and other strategies for integrating technology into their daily lesson plans. Course participants will research and develop classroom strategies for surrounding blended learning, flipped classroom, QR Codes, instructional games, TED Talks and lesson plans, Khan Academy, instructional videos, and utilizing mobile devices in the classroom. Teachers will also explore technology options for communicating with parents.  

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Assess their current level of technology integration and identify previous roadblocks
  • Explore and develop lesson plans and student activities around dozens of technology resources
  • Explore dozens of technology tools and create classroom-relevant lessons that incorporate these tools

ADHD and Learning Disabilities: Classroom Interventions and Instructional Strategies

This course will allow teachers to examine current research geared at helping all teachers work effectively with students with ADHD and learning disabilities. Teachers will understand the impact of ADHD on a student's performance, the difference between male and female students with ADHD and be made aware of basic instructional strategies to implement in their classrooms.

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Course Description:

There aren't any teachers that haven't come across a student in their class with ADHD or a learning disability. This course will allow teachers to examine current research geared at helping all teachers work effectively with students with ADHD and learning disabilities. Teachers will understand the impact of ADHD on a student’s performance, the difference between male and female students with ADHD and be made aware of basic instructional strategies to implement in their classrooms

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Analyze different reading and writing strategies and create activities for students with ADHD and learning disabilities
  • Research, discuss and create math activities to meet the needs of students with ADHD and learning disabilities

Teaching Study Skills for the Special Education Student


This course will allow educators to build skills and instructional strategies for improving their students' ability to listen, note-taking, textbook reading, test taking strategies, and paper/essay writing. This course will also introduce strategies for teaching students anxiety and stress reduction techniques.

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Course Description: Sometimes we take it for granted that students “know how” to study.  Study skills are a skill set that many of our special education students need to improve. With more and more focus on national standards and testing, how can we assist these students to meet the more rigorous requirements? This course will allow educators to build skills and instructional strategies for improving their students’ ability to listen, note-taking, textbook reading, test taking strategies, and paper/essay writing. This course will also introduce strategies for teaching students anxiety and stress reduction techniques. This class is appropriate for all K-12 general and special education teachers.

Learning Objective: Participants will:

  • Assess their current instructional strategies for teaching study skills and identify needs improvement areas
  • Explore and analyze dozens of reading, writing, math and time management study strategies

For questions and information, please contact  cpd@du.edu  or  303-871-4161