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Valuing the Individual in a Test Focused Environment - EDU 548P

1.0 Semester Unit

This course was created to help teachers develop strategies that will improve their ability to value all students unconditionally. In the face of the disastrous effects on some children of classroom pressure for measurable performance, nurturing this talent in teachers seems an increasing necessity.

Often educational ideas and theories, such as those of author Alfie Kohn, cannot fully be incorporated into the classroom. At best, they can be used as tools to help teachers create opportunities to make a difference with their students. It is the job of the teacher to manipulate these ideas and theories into workable practices.

After reading the article Unconditional Teaching by Alfie Kohn and the book Nobody Left Behind by educator Deanna Enos, you will have the experience of converting Kohn's theory to reality and transforming this conversion into practice. This course work will give you the opportunity to participate in this process.


After completing this course, the participants will have had the opportunity to develop strategies that will:

  1. help bring about the feeling of acceptance to all students regardless of how well they achieve or perform.
  2. help parents encourage their child to achieve, but accept them no matter how they perform.
  3. help administrators cope with the testing environment of today.

The required readings for this course are:


After registering for this course, allow 48 business hours and then your course instructions will be available through this website.  Log in to our website by using your e-mail address and password.  Go to MY ACCOUNT and the course instructions will be there for you to download and print.  Please allow 48 business hours for this access. 

For course content information, contact the instructor at or phone (925)256-9019.

Valuing the Individual in a Test Focused Environment - EDU 548P
INSTRUCTOR: Ryan & Jessica Pickett

Refund Policy
For Independent Study classes, withdrawal and transfer requests must be in writing and received within 4 days of registration. A $25 per course processing fee will be charged for tuition refunds. Refunds and/or transfer requests will not be processed for any reason after this 4 day period.