EDUO 9211: Circle of Knowledge

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Course Overview

Welcome to EDUO 9211 Circle of Knowledge. This class was created by Dominican University of California in conjunction with Educational Development and Services as part of a six course series entitled Core Strategies. This series is designed to help teachers learn strategies that will significantly improve their ability to teach the Common Core State Standards.The content learned in the class, Circle of Knowledge, will afford you the skills necessary to implement the discussion technique Circle of Knowledge. This strategy provides teachers with the framework for planning and conducting discussions that foster student participation and critical thinking. By meeting the requirements of this class, participating teachers will earn one semester unit of graduate level extension credit from Dominican University of California, a fully accredited university.The other five courses in the series are:

  • EDUO 9208 Reading for Meaning
  • EDUO 9209 Compare & Contrast
  • EDUO 9210 Inductive Learning
  • EDUO 9212 Write to Learn
  • EDUO 9213 Vocabulary CODE

All six courses in the Core Strategies series require one book entitled The Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core by Harvey Silver, Thomas Dewing, & Matthew Perini. This book is available for purchase at

Course Objectives:

After completing the course titled Circle of Knowledge, you will demonstrate or indicate:

  • Knowledge of the strategy Circle of Knowledge
  • Knowledge of how Circle of Knowledge can help students meet the new standards
  • The ability to plan lessons or activities that utilize the strategy Circle of Knowledge

Course Relation to CCS or other Professional Standards

This course aligns with the Common Core standards found at


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Ryan Pickett

B.A., M.S. in Counseling Clinical School Psychology

K-12 School Psychologist 20+ years.

Collegiate Professional Development Coordinator, Developer, and Instructor 16+.

"I take pride in helping educators enhance student learning while bringing passion into their classrooms."

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