What is kokopelli on demand?

Kokopelli on Demand is anytime, anywhere, online professional learning with a variety of options for the busy educator. 


Each course is available for two weeks after the date of purchase.  We offer convenient, affordable, and quality professional learning for all educators. We currently offer 10+ different virtual workshops, and strive to continue building our library of courses to meet the needs of educators across the country. 


Southwest Plains has partnered with Mid-America Nazarene University to offer college credit for each course at $45 per half credit hour.


Each course costs $125* ($140/course for non-members) payable to Southwest Plains with an additional fee of $45/half credit hour payable to Mid-America Nazarene University. 

*Different pricing for ESOL Praxis Prep 


To register for any of the courses, COME BACK SEPTEMBER 8th FOR OUR FALL SEMESTER
and a Southwest Plains representative will be in touch with you via email. 

Kokopelli On Demand Options

Formative Assessment Made Easy


WHY? Formative Assessment is embedded throughout high-quality lesson design. The time is now to ensure you have access to the latest research and best practice for implementing a comprehensive formative assessment process in your daily instructional routine.
WHAT? Southwest Plains' newest book Check for Understanding: 65 Classroom Ready Tactics is an activation guide that distills formative assessment into a step-by-step process for classroom implementation. Endorsed by renowned researcher and author of Visible LearningJohn Hattie, this workshop will equip participants with the what, why, and how of research based formative assessment. Participants will walk away with 65 tactics to check for understanding that can be implemented in classrooms immediately!  


In October 2015, the Kansas State Board of Education announced a new vision for education in Kansas, giving direction for a student-focused system and resources for individual success. The Board identified Kindergarten Readiness as one of the five outcome areas to measure progress and now expects every district in Kansas to utilized a developmentally appropriate snapshot tool. 

The goal of Kindergarten Readiness is to ensure that each student enters Kindergarten at age 5, socially, emotionally, and academically prepared for success. The BOE determined that do to this, Kansans needed a common Kindergarten entry data set across all elementary schools. The ASQ assessments were selected to gather this data. 

In this four-part module, the participant will engage in how to analyze ASQ data & consider what to do with the data. 

  • Module 1 - Overview of ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE-2
  • Module 2 - Analyzing & Interpreting  & Sharing Data
  • Modules 3 & 4 - Interpretation & Organization of Data-Driven Action Plans


In 1997, the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development and the Secretary of Education were charged to convene a national panel to assess the status of research-based knowledge and instructional approaches regarding teaching children how to read.
This panel of 14 members included well-known researchers/educators who considered a databased of nearly 115,000 research studies and decided they would need to prioritize topics due to the sheer number of studies. They determined these Big Ideas would be:

    1. Alphabetics 
    2. Phonemic Awareness & Phonics|
    3. Fluency
    4. Vocabulary
    5. Text Comprehension.

This 5-part series takes the participant through a simulated reading experience, examines big ideas in terms of what it is and how it is taught, and will examine each big idea in terms of the KS ELA Standards and reflect on how essential components overlap & balance one another. This course is best for K-6 Elementary teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators, as well as ELA teachers. 



Guided Reading is an instructional approach that involves a teacher working with a small group of students who demonstrate similar reading behaviors and can read similar levels of texts (scholastic.com). Data, instructional focus, and student movement through groups are all part of best practices related to guided reading. 

Learn the ins and outs of what guided reading can look like in your classroom. The process, assessments, data, and sample groupings are all part of the learning in this video series with inclusive reflection activities. Participants will

  • learn sample routines for small group lessons, 
  • watch sample lessons, and 
  • review activities for all students during Guided Reading time, and
  • learn answers to a variety of Frequently Asked Questions.

Learning Objectives


Every student needs a target - something to aim for when learning. Setting objectives is the process of establishing a direction to guide learning (Pintrich & Schunk, 2002). 

When teachers communicate objectives for student learning, students can more easily see the connections between what they are doing in class and what they are supposed to learn. Setting objectives and providing feedback is a focus of the "Marzano Nine" most highly effective strategies for student learning. These videos explore best ways to focus classroom experiences with 4 recommendations to be effective with learning objectives, strategies for applying these in the classroom, as well as activities to write on your own. Feedback on how students progress toward objectives is key - so tie in best practices for feedback & you'll be ready to make the most of Learning Objectives and feedback in your classroom!. 


Students who write about what they've read in ELA, science, social studies, and math on a regular basis are building skills to support the thinking required for on-demand writing tasks they will be asked to complete on tests, in other classes, and in the work place. 

On Demand Writing
is a 4-session module designed to support participants as they design lessons and writing tasks to support students' learning needs.
Session 1 - Build a writing prompt guide to build stronger, clearer writing prompts for student writers
Session 2 - "Power of Paraphrase" provides a look at this most important life skill from a college & career perspective. 
Session 3 - "Writer's Workshop" in your own classroom through 4 tasks that include defining this learning structure, using John Hattie's work. 
Session 4 - "Building a Reading & Writing Vocabulary" with an opportunity to experience Marzano's Steps to Teaching Academic Vocabulary. 



Get set to transform the delivery of instruction by providing powerful feedback, instantaneously, for continuous improvement - GROWTH, not Gotcha! Discover how to design & deliver actionable feedback that will truly make a difference in preparing future-ready students. Go past the horizon - begin to envision the creation of a collaborative culture in which feedback is valued, sought out, and put to productive use! 


Do you want to introduce blogging to your students? Do you want to breathe life into your History, Government, Social Studies Standards? Do you need to know how to get started? Grab a colleague and join us for this hands-on session that will send you home ready to put your own digital citizenship to the the test. You'll test drive safety-tested education web-logging sites to find the model that works best for you and your students.

Participants will define blogging in the context of their own social studies instruction. Participants will learn how to select a web-logging site to suit their instructional needs. Participants will put together a simple starter blog for use in their classrooms. 


"Play has an essential role in happiness and intelligence throughout our lives. It is also essential to our health," Stuart Brown, 2010. 

Play is an essential component of the early childhood classroom, but how do we make it purposeful? From planning to knowing the kinds of play, stages of play, and setting up the classroom, you'll expand your toolbox of knowledge and skills through information, reading, reflection, and resources! Samples lessons included to guide students' learning through purposeful play & make the most of your school day! 


Get students engaged, talking, and thinking! It's possible to get your students to take responsibility for their own learning, and for their future success  with Total Participation Techniques! 

An analysis of student academic growth over time suggests that teacher effectiveness is the #1 factor that influences student learning. Consider this: Every nine seconds, a student is lost due to dropping out (Lehr, Johnson, Bremer, Cosio, & Thompson, 2004), this is 1 in 4 students!  The most common reason for dropping out is boredom (Bridgeland, DiIulio, & Morison, 2006). The solution is not simple; however, student engagement is a key ingredient in helping students stay in school and be successful (ASCD, 2010; Bridgeland et al, 2006; Lehr et al, 2004; Ream & Rumberger, 2008; Voke, 2002). 


Explicit Instruction is systematic, direct, and engaging teaching that has been shown to promote achievement for all students. This highly practical and accessible resource gives teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area.

This workshop will provide clear guidelines for identifying key concepts, strategies, skills, and routines to teach; designing and delivering effective lessons; and giving students opportunities to practice and master new material. We will watch Anita Archer in real classrooms so that you can "see" how the strategies work and talk about the "Archerisms" that will make you the happiest teacher in your school.

Participants will learn to identify the key concepts in their curriculum to explicitly teach, design effective lessons, and give students the information they need to practice and master new material. Participants will leave with several templates that they can use to plan vocabulary instruction and lesson plans as well has strategies for classroom management.

Non-linguistic representations for english learners

For our English language learners, using nonlinguistic representations (graphic organizers, diagrams, pictures, etc.) can be a way for them to show what they know as they learn the English language. Creating a nonlinguistic representation helps all students deepen their understanding of content knowledge because it requires them to think about the content in new ways. Asking students to explain their representations promotes even greater understanding. This workshop will share ideas across multiple content areas and can be a way to jump start your thinking about ways to provide scaffolding for your EL students. 


Next Generation science Standards: building literacy

No time for science? How about grabbing students' interest using science and then expanding their literacy skills by having then read and write about what they observed AND what they can infer from their investigations?
The Next Generation Science Standards shift science learning into
DOING, thinking, observing, and then explaining science.
All of this will support both the state science content assessment and the science MDPT.

Teachers will:

  • learn the organization of NGSS
  • DO several activities that support NGSS
  • practice reading and writing to support their learning about NGSS
  • see ways to use science to support literacy and to support preparation for the science MDPT
  • take away an AC2E Notebook with grade-appropriate science activities as well as writing activities and ideas
  • take away knowledge about several apps that will support student writing.


We've designed 3 session to help teachers prepare their thinking and their classrooms for students whose first language is not English. The expectation for ESOL endorsed teachers is not that they will know the students' first language, but that teachers will be able to structure their classrooms, lesson plans, and teaching strategies to successfully support English Language Learners (ELLs). Included is the expectation that teachers will have a strong understanding of how the English language works grammatically and linguistically.

Each session in this 3 part series is worth 0.5 hour of college credit through Mid America Nazarene University, with a potential for 1.5 hrs upon completion of all three sessions ($135 payable to MNU with a course fee of #375 payable to SWPRSC). Each session can also be taken as a stand alone course for $45 payable to MNU + $125 payable to SWPRSC.

Session 1 - Planning & Implementing Instruction, Assessment & Evaluation. This session will cover Lesson Prep, cooperative learning structures, stages of language acquisition, dominant philosophical approaches, language instruction, and vocabulary to support assessment procedures.
Session 2 - Linguistics & Culture This session will cover parts of speech including modal verbs & verb tenses, active, passive, & pragmatic voice, sociolinguistics, phonemes, graphemes, morphemes, etc., intonation & word stress, International Phonetic Alphabet, rhetorical patters, impacts of language on culture & vice versa, and types of cultures & how culture impacts learning. This session also includes the listening questions that will be embedded into the PRAXIS assessment. 
Session 3 - Language & Professional Issues This session covers registers of language including formulaic utterances, theorists important for teachers of ELLs, literacy instruction, acronyms, how ESL programs are classified, and 3 main court cases that impact schools with ELL enrollment.  

$100/person per session
$300 for all 3 sessions