Topic: Curriculum and Instruction
Instructor: Caryn Chavez
Method: Online (OWRK)
Sponsor: Professional Development Institute
Center Offered: OLPD

Course Description:

Does the prospect of finding a way to identify and reverse learning loss give you cause for alarm? Because of the extended learning disruptions caused by the global pandemic, teachers across the country are desperate to find ways to recover from the learning loss experienced by most students. This online course is designed to give K-12 teachers the peace of mind they so desperately crave as they return to in-person instruction after a long absence. The course begins by discussing the impact that the novel coronavirus has had on schools. Teachers will learn strategies for using a variety of social and emotional best practices to attend to the whole student so that trauma and anxiety can be addressed head-on. As the course progresses, teachers will learn how to motivate their returning students by meeting them where they are through several research-backed best practices such as tiered lessons, guided inquiry, project-based learning, and active learning strategies. Teachers will take a deep dive into nine high-yield instructional strategies that have been proven to show the most potential for bridging any learning gaps. Teachers will learn how to compact their curriculum and to leverage technology in their favor. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident in their quest to embed a variety of high-yield, best practices into their own teaching habits so that any and all learning gaps can be bridged and conquered.


PDI courses receive letter grades. You can register and begin the course at any time and have until the end of Ashland University’s academic year to complete it. This course is web-based so you can access it from any computer with internet access. It is also self-paced, so you can work entirely at your own pace, when it is convenient for you. There are no specific times you must be online and no individual deadline dates for assignments. They can be submitted any time, so long as everything has been submitted by the end of the academic term.


Within 1-2 business days of your Ashland registration, you will receive an email from your course content provider, Professional Development Institute, containing instructions on how to access your course materials. A note, their emails are sometimes forwarded to junk or spam folders. 

You'll work with PDI, using their LMS, to complete the course, at which time, your instructor will post your final grade here to your AU transcript. You'll receive an email notification from Ashland PDS when the grade posts, with instructions on how to view and order transcripts. 

Ashland Professional Development:

Cost: $600
Timespan of Course:
September 1, 2023 to August 31, 2024
Contact E-mail:

Meeting Times

  • Location of Meeting: 
    online with PDI

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Course Number: EDU*6130*F3
Academic Term: 24/GW
Academic Level: GW
Semester Hours: 3.00
Subject: EDU