Our understanding of the American West has moved far beyond pop culture in recent years. The brutal conflict of cowboys and Indians. Dusty, dangerous outposts policed by vigilante justice. The six-shooter showdown at high noon. Daring railroad heists and arduous cattle drives. These and other scenes from countless Western films have so shaped our conception of the American West that it’s impossible to separate myth from reality. But how wild was the West? Was it really ever “won”?

Designed to shine a light on the American frontier, the course enables you to experience the grit and grandeur of an epic period in American history. It uncovers new historical angles and perspectives about events and themes ranging from the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Indian Removal Act to the creation of America's first national parks. You'll cover more than 200 years of history and the most important

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Discover how the minds of your students acquire, process, store, and retrieve information. This course includes a fascinating, 24-video lecture series from The Great Courses that covers topics on learning theories, learning strategies, learning language, learning styles, the role of emotion in learning, cultivating desire to learn, and the domains of learning. This course will not only provide valuable, research-based learning theory, but will allow you the opportunity to make practical application to your teaching.


Instructional Strategies to Inspire Learning is written for teachers from all disciplines from grades K – 12 to better understand and prepare to implement instructional strategies. This course will focus on Robert Marzano’s research-based instructional strategies. The nine strategies have a high probability of enhancing student achievement at all grade levels. The application of research begins with the text Classroom Instruction that Works Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, 2001. The assignments are created to guide teachers in pairing the strategies with course content.  

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