Woodlake Unified School District

Woodlake Unified School District in Partnership with Brandman University

For a limited time, Woodlake teachers can take online professional development courses through Brandman University. Tuition has been covered by a subscription paid for by your district. Each course awards graduate level professional development credits. These credits are not part of a degree program.

Key Features:

  • Online and self-paced
  • Dedicated mentor
  • Interactive assignments
  • Real-world case studies
  • Authentic assessments
  • Earn graduate level professional development credits

Directed Study Courses

Brandman University’s Directed Study courses offer a flexible and innovative way for you to explore a new topic or take a deep dive into an existing area of interest. Each Directed Studies course is designed to provide practical, real-world learning opportunities, culminating in an assessment that is authentic to your field of study.

 Key Features:    

  • Online and self-paced
  • Dedicated mentor

  • Interactive assignments
  • Real-world case studies

  • Authentic assessments
  • Earn graduate level professional development credits


  • Utilize evidence-based practices based on research in neuroscience and psychology to create an effective brain-based lesson. In this course you will examine the research in various brain-based fields, such as neuroscience and psychology (cognitive, developmental, educational), and apply this information to classroom strategies and practices. As a student, you will:

    • Identify the anatomy and functional areas of the brain.
    • Describe the physiology of learning.
    • Differentiate between the various memory stores.
    • Discover strategies that help students encode information to long-term memory.
    Syllabus video Register for free

  • Develop the skills necessary to effectively interact and communicate with others. In this course, educators will explore the essentials of interpersonal communication. In today’s fast paced world, successful interpersonal communication is increasingly difficult. Special attention will be given to the components of the communication process, filters and barriers, techniques for improving communication, and learning how to effectively use communication technologies, such as social media, within interpersonal communication. As a student, you will:

    • Explain the interpersonal communication process.
    • Explain the filters and barriers that affect interpersonal communication.
    • Identify ways to improve personal communication, including listening skills.
    • Analyze how to effectively use communication technologies.
    Syllabus video Register for free

  • Emotional intelligence (EI) is vital to being an effective and high-performing member of any team. Educators who understand the connection between emotions and actions and can apply EI skills to maximize effectiveness with your students and have a stand-out advantage in the classroom. During this course, we will study the theories and concepts of the EI model which focuses, specifically on the behavioral level, on performance in the classroom and on working with school leadership. We have developed this course to introduce you to the proven EI model and provide you with the insight and skills to apply it in making your job, career, and relationship more effective, satisfying, and successful. As a student, you will:

    • Define emotional intelligence concepts and frameworks.
    • Identify personal emotional intelligence skills through self-assessment.
    • Describe the connection between emotional intelligence and individual and organization performance.
    • Relate emotional intelligence factors to leadership effectiveness.
    • Explore strategies to build emotional intelligence into strengths to improve leadership performance.
    • Devise an action plan to integrate practices that increase emotional-social intelligence within your work group.
    Syllabus video Register for free

  • Develop the skills to identify, address, and resolve conflict in and out of the classroom. Conflict is something that occurs on a daily basis in both our personal lives and in our workplace. Identifying and managing that conflict can determine your level of success. In this course, you will explore the different types of conflict, identify your personal conflict style, and learn how to apply that style to situations both in and out of the classroom. You will also identify ways to resolve a conflict situation. As a student, you will:

    • Define conflict and identify sources of conflict both in and outside of the workplace.
    • Identify the two main dimensions of conflict behavior.
    • Explain the five conflict handling modes.
    • Identify conflict resolution strategies.
    • Formulate the cost of conflict in the workplace.
    Syllabus video Register for free
  • Create a lesson plan that teaches the concept of growth mindset and strategies for how develop this mindset. A Growth Mindset is the foundation for resilience and persistence. This course will describe what a Growth Mindset is (as compared to a Fixed Mindset), the correlation and effects a Growth Mindset has on the brain, the power of grit, and strategies for developing a Growth Mindset classroom. As a student, you will:

    • Explain what a growth mindset is and why it is important to have
    • Contrast the differences between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset
    • Analyze your own mindset
    • Explore various strategies to develop growth mindset including the Power of Yet, grit, and embracing mistakes
    Syllabus video Register for free

  • In this course, you will explore the world of math as a language through definitions, symbols, visual representations, and interconnections between different mathematical concepts. You will investigate and build upon your own experience with learning math at a deeper and more meaningful level. You will focus on answering the why of math (e.g., why do we perform operations and use algorithms the way we do?) What are the relationships between mathematical concepts and the world we live in? You will work on building a deeper understanding of some specific mathematical concepts in number sense, including arithmetic operations, fractions, and proportions. As a student, you will:

    • Articulate the challenges in student understanding of mathematical concepts and possible gaps in teacher understanding.
    • Describe the connections between language and math and the implications for math instruction.
    • Make connections between mathematical concepts and the language, symbolism, visual representations and contextualized applications that are used in instruction.
    • Explain the meaning behind common mathematical concepts taught in K-6 classrooms from multiple perspectives.
    • Build integrated approaches that incorporate history of mathematical concepts, storytelling, and organic problem solving into math instruction to deepen conceptual understanding.
    Syllabus video Register for free

  • In this course, you will learn ways to effectively integrate the California ELD (English Language Development) standards into mathematical instruction in the elementary classroom. You will begin by reviewing the language demands of mathematical instruction, as well as exploring the areas of strength and needs of English Language Learners in your school/district. You will then be presented with a variety of strategies to integrate language, vocabulary, speaking and listening into your K-6 mathematics instruction. At the end of this course, you will be asked to design and present an integrated ELD math unit plan that demonstrates your understanding of the instructional strategies presented in this course. As a student, you will:

    • Describe how English Language Learners are affected by the increased language demands of the CCSSM both locally and statewide. 
    • Integrate ELD standards and K-6 mathematical practices to support English Language Learners in both language and content acquisition.   
    • Apply academic language and vocabulary development instructional strategies, such as explicit vocabulary instruction, word walls and journals, in mathematical instruction.
    • Apply speaking and listening instructional strategies, such as the 3-Reads model and discussion frames, in mathematical instruction.
    Syllabus video Register for free

  • In this course you will discover how STEM education is impacting learning in K-12 classrooms. You will expand your knowledge of how science, technology, engineering, and math can be taught in exciting, exploratory ways. Unlike traditional math and science lessons, STEM lessons are often open-ended activities where students collaborate to design or develop systems to solve problems with real-life applications. STEM lessons are numerous and readily available, however, not all STEM lessons are created equal. As you grow your knowledge of STEM education through this course, you will be able to select or create high quality STEM lessons. As a culminating activity, you will create a presentation to showcase the benefits of STEM, share a lesson you have prepared and taught, and teach other stakeholders in your community about why students should engage in STEM education and also how to implement it.. As a student, you will:

    • Identify the rationale for STEM/STEAM education in K-12 classrooms.
    • Identify how Project Based Learning can be considered an extension of STEM learning.
    • Analyze a STEM lesson in comparison to a traditional math or science lesson and in relation to the Next Generation Science standards.
    • Evaluate possible STEM lessons for their effectiveness in teaching science, technology, engineering, and math.
    • Adapt or design a STEM/STEAM lesson for use in a K-12 classroom which incorporate procedures to ensure strong classroom management and lesson delivery.
    Syllabus video Register for free

  • Looking for ways to engage your students? Project Based Learning (PBL) is a popular instructional model that connects academic skills with real world learning. Additionally, it teaches life skills such as collaboration, communicating effectively, and critical thinking. In this course you will study high quality PBL models and create an engaging, rigorous Project Based Learning unit to use in your own classroom. As a student, you will:

    • Define the term “project based learning.”
    • Identify the elements of a high quality project based learning experience.
    • Connect academic standards to real world context.
    • Create an open ended, complex essential question to guide the project.
    • Create authentic formative and summative assessments to evaluate learning.
    • Plan an exhibition of student work.
    Syllabus video Register for free

Further your education with a few questions

Please enter your zip code to proceed.
Please enter a valid zip code to proceed.
Is this an international zip code?
Please select a degree type
Please select your area of interest
Please select a program type
Please select a session
Please enter your name
Please enter your last name
Please enter your email to proceed
Please enter a valid email address
Please enter your phone number to proceed.
Please enter a valid phone number.

About Brandman

Earn your bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or certificate at Brandman, a regionally accredited university.

We value your privacy

By submitting this form, I agree that Brandman may contact me about educational services by voice, pre-recorded message and/or text message using automated technology, at the phone number provided, including wireless numbers. I understand that my consent is not required to attend Brandman University. Privacy Policy