The First Days of School


The first week of school is a crucial time in setting the tone for the remainder of the year. Through careful planning and thoughtful design, a successful first week can build the foundation for classroom culture and community. Through this course you will develop a plan for the first week of school, which will include preparing your environment and getting to know your students before they walk through the door, and essential lessons and activities to get your year started positively and effectively.

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Designed and facilitated by Kathleen Robertson, this series is intended to enhance skills and is not a substitute for a certificated program. Credits will not be granted nor is this learning series transferable to any other learning institution. Upon completion of this learning series, participants will be able to print a Certificate of Completion for their records.

Module Overview

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Completion Time

Each module in the course should take 15 minutes to complete, based on the specific content for the topic. Total completion time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Cost and Access

This online course is $25 per participant. For organizations intending to provide access for multiple employees, a 10% discount is provided for 10 or more registrations. Please contact questions(at) if wishing to discuss the volume discount.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a timeframe to complete the series?

This series is completely asynchronous so it is intended for participants to go at their own pace. Overall estimated time to complete the full course is 1.5 hours.

Can the participants take some of the modules and not all?

The course is intended for participants to complete all modules, with module completion being a prerequisite before proceeding to the next module. This could be tailored if a school or district wished to customize the course.

How long do participants have access to the course and the included materials?

Once registered, users will have lifetime access to the course materials!

Do I receive anything at the completion of the course?

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion, which includes the number of course hours (1.5) for the course.

Is there a discount when purchasing for multiple participants?

For organizations intending to provide access for multiple staff members, a 10% discount is provided for 10 or more registrations.

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