NDEO Releases Summer and Fall Online Class Schedule

The National Dance Education Organization has announced some stimulating class offerings for teachers through its Online Professional Development Institute.

Starting in July, there’s an introductory and broadly focused mini course—Developmental Domains—which lasts just four weeks and can give you a taste of online learning during the studio off-season. The class will cover physical, cognitive, social and emotional development in students and how teachers can learn to identify behaviors in each context to create an inclusive class.

Then, if back-to-school season has you itching to hit the books, NDEO offers a roster of 12-week fall sessions to choose from:

 

 

 

 

• Choreographic Explorations in Dance Since 1953 (September 7–November 29)

• Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practice (September 7–November 29)

• Creative Process for Dance Integration (September 14–November 22)

• Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Consideration (September 21–December 13)

 • Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities (September 21–December 13)

Plus, two more mini courses—Elements of Dance and Developing Cornerstone Assessments for the New Dance Standardslaunch in October and November.

All classes’ credits go toward earning NDEO’s Certificate in Dance Education and are also available (at additional cost) for college credit from University of North Carolina–Greensboro. Visit ndeo.org/opdisummer2015 or ndeo.org/opdifall2015 for class descriptions and registration information.

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