Empowered Teaching and Learning

3 Graduate Credits - Video Based Course

Course Instructor

Drew Schwartz, M.A.

Grade Type

Letter Grade

Accredited by:

- University of California San Diego

- Lindenwood University (Missouri)

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Course Description

In this course, you will learn a strengths-based system and research based tools designed to EMPOWER you and your students. Practical tools relate to topics including:

  • Strengths-based learning
  • Growth Mindset
  • Communication
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Teacher and Student Purpose (their WHY)
  • Motivation
  • Effective Reflection

As cutting edge research indicates, strengths-based approaches are high leverage and have the power to propel unprecedented outcomes. Guided by a transformative 5-step system, tools are incredibly effective and you can utilize them with daily lesson planning and more to increase motivation, tap into internal resources and improve academic outcomes. Together, we’ll learn how to go beyond engagement to empowerment (where internal motivation and strengths are in alignment with the surface level actions. Learning is driven from within and long lasting).   If you want to tap into the passion and potential inside of you and your students, this is the course for you! Simple video reflections are the assignments for grad credit. Sign up above to get started now!

Course Objectives

From this course, participants will:

  • Deepen understanding of internal resources which inspire/motivate students and
  • Learn practical tools related to purpose and strengths-based education which can be
    embedded into daily work
  • Learn about the distinctions between deficit and strengths based approaches
  • Develop practical tools related to setting goals based on tools of motivation
  • Develop proactive tools for making growth mindset a part of your daily
  • Learn practical tools related to verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Develop strategies for engaging successfully in difficult conversations
  • Learn tools related to cultural responsiveness
  • Clarify your own purpose (your WHY) and learn strategies for embedding your purpose
    and strengths into your daily success

Course Syllabus and Assignment Rubrics

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Empowered Teaching and Learning


( 3 Semester Graduate Credits )


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