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3 Graduate Credit Hours (ED500) through Colorado State University - Pueblo


Credit Hours: 3

Format: Online Self-paced

Instructor: Mercedes Rasmussen; MA, M.Ed Email:

This courses is a graduate level ED500 course with a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory designation on transcript 


Catalog Description:


This class answers questions about how to navigate our nations choppy waters through student engagement and discussions. What do we do when our students can see no salvation or find themselves feeling as though they have been victimized by the world around them. How are teachers to deal with the climate surrounding all of us on a day-to-day basis? What strategies can teachers use for combatting hate and what is our role in engaging students across perspectives in the process? In this class we will research and discover concrete tips for respectfully engaging students in difficult conversations. Note that topics in the class may foster thoughts and feelings that may differ from your colleagues, however, we must remember we are all human together in the school and sometimes difficult discussions can lead to a beautiful understanding of one-another.


Required Text(s) and Other Materials:

All materials will be provided by the instructor in the Canvas classroom.

Learning Management System: Internet access, connection to Canvas learning management system portal.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

· Evaluate their learning style and set goals for change

· See the educational system through a different scope

· Adjust teaching styles to meet the needs of todays generation

· Better create connections between community and students

· Assist students in moving outside of their comfort zone

· Focus on positivity and resolve the negative conflicts surrounding schools

· Reflect on current and past ideals and look forward to future goals in the classroo

Teaching When the World is on Fire

  • Mercedes Rasmussen, M.A, M.Ed., is a business teacher and DECA sponsor with 25 years of experience in the secondary classroom and 2 years of experience as an instructor at the University level in the area of Teacher Education. She believes in the power of building strong relationships with students and building a warm and welcoming classroom environment. In her free time Mercedes enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons. She is passionate about helping teachers enhance and build curriculum that engages students and helps to build excitement and confidence.

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