Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Teaching


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are generally held from
Sept. 20 through Dec. 12, 2021,
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Making Key Changes:
Refresh Your Teaching

September 20–December 12, 2021

Are you in search of mentorship and motivation? Make key changes to refresh your teaching techniques in face-to-face and/or remote instruction! Course assignments are developed with the intention of immediate implementation to your classroom/program. Discover a successful plan to organize efficiently, instruct skillfully, manage behavior effectively, communicate clearly, and collaborate inclusively. Topics will include refreshing various parts of your teaching, including creating an inclusive vision, mission statement, motto, handbook/syllabus, classroom management, routines, behavior plan, administrative support, recruitment/retention, collaborative opportunities, assessment, organizational procedures, professional development, cultural diversity, and other topics relevant to participants’ needs. Make key changes to refresh your teaching!

This course is open to all subject areas and levels of teaching.

Instructor: Lori Schwartz Reichl

Schwartz_Reichl,_LoriLori Schwartz Reichl is a champion of mentorship and motivation in education. She has served as a proud educator for more than two decades. Reichl has successfully led secondary music programs in a rural school in Pennsylvania and two Title I schools in Maryland (one of which was assigned to corrective action for two years). She has had the opportunity to open two new buildings to design and develop their music programs. In the fall of 2018, Reichl designed her mentoring publications into a popular graduate course that she instructs annually at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and at VanderCook entitled "Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Music Program.” She has recently designed this course for all subject area teachers with the introduction of this course, “Refresh Your Teaching.” Reichl’s experiences of designing, establishing, and maintaining music programs in various educational settings, have permitted her to parlay her career into a portfolio of serving as an active adjudicator, clinician, conductor, instructor, speaker, and writer.

Reichl is the author of over 70 articles and interviews for an assortment of education publications. She has conducted honor ensembles or presented educational sessions in 15 states, including at international conferences and performances, prepared countless K-12 professional development sessions nationwide, spoken in dozens of collegiate classrooms, and has been interviewed for 12 education podcasts. As a journalist for Teaching Music Magazine, Reichl has interviewed hundreds of stakeholders in education and written many featured stories.

Reichl is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Music Education (ABD). Her research is rooted in student perspectives and effective strategies of DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access) for learners and leaders of all subjects, ages, levels, and cultures.
Reichl strives daily to make key changes to education for all students, families, educators, administrators, and supporters. Learn more about Lori Schwartz Reichl at

Making Key Changes:
Refresh Your Teaching

Course Code 6301

Lori Schwartz Reichl

3 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions 
Required Zoom Meetings:
Tuesdays, 5:00–8:00 p.m. CDT
Sept. 28, Oct. 12 & 26,
Nov. 9 & 23, Dec. 7


Required Text(s)

Required Materials



MECA Online
is powered by Schoology

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Fall 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Sept. 20. Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. On the morning of Sept. 20, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

Online grades will be reported by mid-January. If you need a transcript, please visit the online transcript request page. For faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

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