Currently Approved Innovative Courses- Foundation and Enrichment

Currently Approved Innovative Courses- Foundation and Enrichment

Please direct any questions or requests for course requirements and course descriptions to the contact listed next to each course.  

Course Name

PEIMS Code

AAR Abbreviation

Credits

Contact

Expiration

Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language

Content-Based ESOL for Science I A/B

N1280010

ESOL-SCI

1/2-1

Susie Coultress

TBD*

The Content-Based ESOL for Science course will be a companion course to the EngSOL I course now offered at International Newcomer Academy (INA) and Language Center programs and will be a means for the high school recent-arrival immigrant students in these programs to earn elective ESOL credit while earning required English credit through EngSOL I.

Newcomers English Language Development (NELD) A & B

N1280042
N1280043

NELDA
NELDB

1

Susie Coultress

TBD*

The Newcomers English Language Development courses are designed to provide instructional opportunities for secondary level recent immigrant students with little or no English proficiency. The development of communicative competence occurs through targeted lessons based on students’ needs.

Social Intelligence for ESL Students

N1280041

SIESL

1/2-1

Susie Coultress

TBD*

This course provides ESL students with the necessary knowledge and skills required for successful adaptation to a new community and educational environment. Students will learn skills to navigate through social situations such as conflict resolution, communication, decision making, cultural awareness, etc.

English Language Arts

Research Methods in the Humanities

N1100013

RESHUM

1

Karin Miller 

TBD*

Through the study of the humanities, students explore the idea that we see the world through the filter of our own culture. By bringing together analysis of visual media, auditory media, and written media, the course teaches students how analytical thinking applies across all fields of study and how analytical thinking applies to their day-to-day lives.

Fine Arts

Acting Methods

N1170123

ACTMET1

1

Kelsey Kling

TBD*

This tier of courses develops proficiency in acting by promoting an understanding of the methods, principles, practices and vocabulary common for all acting styles from Greek through modern texts.

Acting Styles: Classical/Commedia

N1170124

ACTMET2

1

Kelsey Kling

TBD*

In this course students study the acting style of the Greek Theatre, the Commedia dell-Arte, Shakespearean plays, the Restoration, and Melodrama

Acting Styles: Realism/Post-war

N1170125

ACTMET3

1

Kelsey Kling

TBD*

In this course, the students study texts from the 1890’s to the present. The students learn the acting elements required in theatrical realism, Theatre of the Absurd, and the modern theatre.

Acting Styles: Improvisation/Monologue

N1170126

ACTMET4

1

Kelsey Kling

TBD*

In this course the students study the basic elements of improvisational acting and improvisational theatre. In addition, the students study ways of preparing modern and classical monologues. The courses challenge the students to use a process of character development and expand their creative processes.

Integration of Abilities: Exercises for Creative Growth

N1170186

INTAB

1/2

Kelsey Kling

TBD*

Integration of Abilities is based on exercises for creative growth. This course directs the students to analyze their own creative process and guides them through exercises for personal investigation and growth. The students explore dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, using a common vocabulary to unify their discoveries.

Movement for the Actor

N1170118

SCOMTNOV

1

Kelsey Kling

TBD*

Students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement and apply these skills effectively to stage acting and performing. It is designed to employ stage movement to express thoughts, feelings, and actions, and to analyze and describe the interdependence of all physical elements used on the stage.

Physical Theatre I

N1170180

PHYTHE

1

Kelsey Kling

TBD*

Physical Theatre I, now a degree course in many colleges, is a one year course of study encompassing abstract movement, corporal and illusionary mime, neutral and 3-D mask work, and Commedia dell'Arte.

Physical Theatre II

N1170181

PHYTHE2

1

Kelsey Kling

TBD*

Physical Theatre II, now a BFA degree course in many colleges, is part of a four year course of study encompassing abstract movement, corporal and illusionary mime, neutral and 3-D mask work, Commedia Dell’Arte and full-length silent theatre productions.

Health and Physical Education

Comprehensive Wellness

N1150043

COMPWEL

1/2

Barney Fudge  

TBD*

Comprehensive Wellness is the integration of body, mind, emotions, and behaviors to help students make a conscious decision toward a lifetime of health and wellness. It provides students with essential knowledge and skills to improve attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors for optimal physical and emotional health.

Comprehensive Wellness II

N1150046

COMPWEL2

1/2

Barney Fudge  

TBD*

This course allows students to explore how to be safe and secure with their own physical and emotional self, solidify their individual and social identity and recognize the abilities needed to achieve healthy direction and purpose in their lives.

Exercise Physiology

N1160014

EXPHY

1

Barney Fudge 

TBD*

Students will explore the world of exercise physiology by gaining knowledge and skills to properly design a program for themselves and other populations in the various stages of life culminating in a project that focuses students on developing three-month plans and applying their learning in real-world applications.

PE3: PE for the Mind, Body, and Spirit

N1160010

PE3MBS

1/2

Barney Fudge 

TBD*

This course is for students who may need additional support in reaching their Healthy Fitness Zone in the Fitnessgram, especially in the area of Body Mass Index (BMI). The course is designed to work with each individual in the context of their life-physically, nutritionally, socially, and psychologically.

Team Sport Officiating

N1160012

TEAMOFF

1/2-1

Barney Fudge

TBD*

The Team Sport Officiating course will teach students rules and regulations of selected team sports, developing skills in the areas of communication, decision-making, and conflict management needed to officiate team sport competitions, working with coaches, players, other officials, and parents.

Languages Other Than English

Spanish for Health Care and Education Professionals

N1140001

SPHCEP

1/2

Kelsey Kling

2017-18

This course will prepare students to communicate at an intermediate proficiency level. Students will interact with patients, clients, other students, and parents in any healthcare and education setting. The course also provides students the ability to overcome cross-cultural barriers in medical and educational settings and to communicate effectively with Spanish speakers.

Mathematics

Applied Mathematics for Technical Professionals

N1110031

APMTHTP

1

James Slack

TBD*

Problem-solving situations, hands-on activities and technology are used in this course to extend mathematical thinking and engage student reasoning. Situations relating to technical applications provide students opportunities to make connections with mathematics and the workplace.

Linear Algebra

N1110021

LINALG

1/2

James Slack

TBD*

Students are introduced to linear algebra, a subject that has widespread applications in other areas of mathematics such as probability theory, multivariable calculus, and differential equations in the physical and social sciences, as well as engineering.

Linear Programming

N1110026

LINPROG

1/2

James Slack

TBD*

Students are introduced to the six-steps used to solve Linear Programming problems and will practice each one. Students learn the process and techniques of using Linear Programming. Students research the historical development, purpose, and application of Linear Programming and apply the methods they have learned to real-world situations in a chosen career.

Modern Geometry

N1110019

MODGEO

1/2-1

James Slack

TBD*

This course is designed to explore concepts and development of non-Euclidean geometry, including projective, spherical, and hyperbolic geometries.

Multivariable Calculus

N1110018

MULTCAL

1/2-1

James Slack

TBD*

Multivariable Calculus takes the concepts learned in the single variable calculus course and extends them to multiple dimensions.

Number Theory

N1110025

NUMTHY

1/2

James Slack

TBD*

The topics of study contribute to the student’s enhanced understanding of historical developments, proofs, and discoveries of mathematical numerical relationships.

Strategic Learning for High School Math

N1110030

STLNHSM

1/2-1

James Slack

TBD*

This course is intended to create strategic mathematical learners from underprepared mathematics students. The basic understandings will stimulate students to think about their approach to mathematical learning.

Science

Electricity and Magnetism

N1120043

ELECMAG

1/2

Irene Pickhardt

TBD*

Electricity and Magnetism is designed to provide an in-depth introduction to the concepts of electricity and electronics for the student who plans to major in an engineering discipline at the university level. With a concentrated and extended study of electricity and magnetism, the student will be aptly prepared to enter the highly competitive university environment.

Introduction to Renewable Energy

N1120042

RENEWEN

1

Irene Pickhardt

TBD*

This course provides the foundation for a deeper understanding of the problems, issues, perspectives, and developments in the areas of bio-fuels, solar and wind energy. A significant focus of the course will be on critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and communication of ideas relating to renewable energy.

Modern Physics

N1120041

MODPHY

1/2-1

Irene Pickhardt

TBD*

Students will gain an understanding of how science works; what motivates it, how initially promising ideas are refuted by continued research, and the consequences of science on other fields and society in general.

Organic Chemistry

N1120027

ORGCHEM

1/2-1

Irene Pickhardt

TBD*

Organic Chemistry is an introductory course that is designed for the student who intends to continue future study in the sciences. The student will learn the concepts and applications of organic chemistry.

Planet Earth

N1120040

PLNEAR

1

Irene Pickhardt

TBD*

Planet Earth focuses on the complex, dynamic relationship between the planet and its life, tracing it through the Earths geologic history. Portions of the course include the emerging, integrative science now being referred to as Geobiology at the college level.

Science and Technology

N1120039

SCITECH

1/2-1

Irene Pickhardt

TBD*

Science and Technology (SciTech) is a high-level, hands-on science and engineering course. Through self and peer evaluation, SciTech requires students to interact verbally, in writing, and through improving the performance of devices.

Social Studies

Mexican-American Studies

N1130023

MEXAMS

1

Chelaine Marion

TBD*

In Mexican-American Studies students learn about the history and cultural contributions of Mexican Americans. Students will explore history and culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. They will have opportunities to interact with relevant film, literature, art, and other media.

Teen and Police Service

N113025

TEENPOL

1

Chelaine Marion

TBD*

The TAPS course includes specific topic areas associated with Children and Youth Safety (COPS-CPD-2011-3) such as violence, physical and sexual abuse, stalking, domestic trafficking, sexual exploitation, and bullying. The course is designed to help youth: change behavior, learn responsible decision-making, participate in crime prevention projects, and reduce the social distance between themselves and law enforcement.

Technology Applications

Assistive Technology

N1260002

ATECH

1

Kelsey Kling

TBD*

Assistive Technology provides access to print and electronic information using screenreading software, screen magnification software/hardware, scanning and reading, braille access, voice recognition and switches. This course will educate students about a variety of technology choices to match the needs of individuals, and educate students who are interested in broadening their scope of technology, mainstream applications, and specialized devices.

Cyber Citizenship

N1260001

CYBERC

1/2

Kelsey Kling

TBD*

This course will educate students regarding evolving platforms of social media and familiarize them with their use. It will highlight the controversial issues associated with social media, including laws regarding social media, inappropriate usage, and online harassment. Overall, this course will educate students in maintaining a responsible online digital footprint.

* To be Determined: The expiration of these courses coincide with the adoption of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in the related subject area.