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The Teacher’s Toolbox Series: Gangs and School Violence

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CPE Course #20130037

Upcoming Session Dates

March 22, 2022- April 22, 2022

Registration deadline for this session is March 15, 2022. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before March 15, 2022. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after March 15, 2022.

Course Description

This three-credit graduate level course is designed for Teachers, Administrators and Counselors K-12. The designation K-12 is necessary due to the fact that educators often change grade level assignments and gang behaviors and activity can begin in early elementary-aged children. There are readings, video and written responses. There is a pre-assessment as well as a post-assessment included. Video and web resources will be necessary for lessons. Because technology and links change, various titles will be used. The course meets a minimum of 42 instructional hours in-class and participants will have out-of-class reading, research, or other directed activities equal to 48 hours. There are no prerequisite skills or specific knowledge required for this course.  Participants will be required to read outside texts, respond to online assignments, create lesson plans and also write a reflective essay. Gangs and school violence will examine the various aspects of gang-related behavior in society and schools today. Climate, culture, membership, symbols, rituals, and graffiti will be discussed. The course will also explore gang theory, including street gang structure and organization. Participants will learn and research reasons why gangs exist, how they are formed, and the impact gang crime has on the safety and security of society and schools today. A number of specific gangs will be covered. In addition, participants will also review school safety and security policies/procedures.

This course, which lasts approximately 30 days, will be completed strictly online using the Moodle platform. The instructor for this course is Stein Business. Pending receipt of payment, participants will receive an email from Stein Business containing their log-on information the night before the course begins.

Participants who successfully complete all requirements of this course will earn Three (3) PDE Graduate Level Credits, equal to 90 Act 48 Hours.

Participants will be able to:

  • understand gang history and theory.
  • identify street gang structure, organization, and behavior.
  • research why gangs exist and how they are formed.
  • assess the impact gang crime has on the safety and security of schools today.
  • analyze and identify graffiti, symbols, and meaning.
  • examine gangs age groups, initiations, rituals, and clothing.
  • identify and examine the major gangs in the United States today.
  • discuss methods of operation commonly used by street gangs.
  • describe law enforcement strategies the schools implement to combat school violence.
  • explore specific officer safety issues critical for schools today.

Graduate Level Requirement

Act 48 requires 42 hours of instruction plus 48 hours of out-of-class activity including a course project. Participants’ out-of-class assignments include but are not limited to:

  • research components that is required to complete assignments.
  • certain lessons incorporate a work component that is required to complete assignments.
  • a video component is incorporated into every lesson.
  • a reading component is a major requirement to fulfill the objectives of the course.