Professional Development Workshops, Graduate Courses, and Student Workshops

Putting Innovation and Passion in Teaching and Learning !  

Effective, Hands On Workshops!  Schedule one today!   Contact  Franny, at, 724-413-6001


Artful Teaching: Teach in Color applauded by Dr. Robert Benson, principal at Foothills Fine Arts Academy, Arizona. ”I have never seen such immediate use of a strategy!”

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    Workshops —  Hands-On, Classroom-Proven, Creative Strategies!   

  1. Remaking Learning – Tinkering, Innovation, and MAKING!
  2. Creative and Critical Thinking with the Brain-Friendly Six Hats®
  3. Differentiating Instruction
  4. Teaching Advanced and Gifted Students
  5. Artful Teaching
  6. Odyssey of the Mind – Tinkering, Creativity, and Teamwork
  7. Love for Literacy!
  8. Creative and Critical Thinking, DOK, and Problem Solving

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Brandman University Professional Development courses are designed to improve curriculum and instruction and support teacher effectiveness.  The courses are blended with face-to-face instructional sessions, internet research,  and application of the strategies presented. Several are online or books studies.

Register by April 21, 2017 for the Spring course, Creativity and Innovation in Your Classroom course taught by Dr. Jacie Maslyk, Assistant Superintendent In Hopewell Area School District and author of STEAM Makers: Fostering Creating and Innovation in the Elementary Classroom from Corwin Press.

EDDU 9507:   Developing Creativity and Innovation in Your Classroom    There is an exciting shift happening in education as we are returning to creative, hands-on approaches to learning.  In this course, participants will learn and understand in a hands-on, collaborative learning environment how to successfully implement ways to infuse creativity and innovation in the classroom. Participants will explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education and the Maker Movement as pathways to provide meaningful learning opportunities in schools.

Creativity and Innovation Course Registration and Flyer Spring 2017

Site: TransformEd West Space:   @Montour High School,  223 Clever Road, McKees Rocks, PA 15136,    412.490.6500

Meeting Dates:  Wednesdays, April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017

Time:  5:00 – 7:45 PM

Tuition:  $895.00/3 credits

Text:  Maslyk, J. (2015) STEAM Makers: Fostering Creativity and Innovation in the Elementary Classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Registration deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017

Contact Franny for information or the syllabi at, 724-413-6001

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The big plus to Brandman University’s Connecting Instruction and the Learner was that I could work on my own schedule and in my own time frame.  It gave me a plethora of ideas to use in the classroom.  Franny was just a phone call or text away when I needed help or advice.    I believe that I was able to get better results from the students by using some of the ideas that Franny provided.  Dr. Marzano’s research based strategies were the focus on this project, and some that Franny sent helped my own creativity.  I was able to create a few of my own because of the ideas Franny sent!                                                                                         

Marc Longenhagen, Teacher at Southern Columbia Area School District


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Workshops For Students

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  1. Leadership and Creativity for Students
  2. Odyssey of the Mind
  3. The Invention Zone!… (A STEAM Project, Your Invention Convention)                                                                                                                                                             When it comes to children and teaching, Franny McAleer is a remarkable presenter, speaker, and educator. The teachers and students alike were so captivated and involved with the workshop, they were sorry to see the time end. Due to the way Franny presents the lessons, the students were very eager, focused, and willing to participate in the activities. The session was very exciting, stimulating, and fun. This is something the students, as well as the teachers, will remember and use throughout their educational years. I would highly recommend having Franny McAleer into your classrooms for hands on excitement.            Teresa Davis, Coordinator of Gifted Services, Peoria Unified School District, Phoenix, AZ
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As a teacher, curriculum coordinator, staff developer, author, community leader, and university instructor, Franny McAleer brings creativity and effective instructional strategies to you!  The promise of her workshops is PASSION — for collaboration, teaching and learning.

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Contact Franny to discuss the possibilities. Email Phone or text her at 724-413-6001.