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Free Spirit Resources with Learner's Edge Distance Learning Courses

Independent Study

Group Book Study



Earn graduate credit with Free Spirit books
through Learner's Edge.

Free Spirit Publishing is pleased to announce its collaboration with Learner's Edge, Inc., an international leader in developing self-paced professional development graduate credit courses for educators. Using Free Spirit books as core text, you now have more flexible and dynamic options to earn graduate credit and succeed in your classroom and your career.

Graduate credits are earned from your choice of the following accredited universities:

Augustana College
Colorado State University—Pueblo

University of St. Thomas—Minnesota
North Dakota State University

For more information on these accredited universities, please visit Learner's Edge Inc. and click on the university logo.

Text-Based Self-Paced Distance Learning

Choose from more than 50 courses designed by teachers for teachers!

Courses currently offered featuring Free Spirit Resources:


RTI Success by Elizabeth Whitten, Ph.D., Kelli J. Esteves, Ed.D., and Alice Woodrow, Ed.D.

Teach Well, Learn Well: RTI

Struggling to address learning difficulties prior to special education services? Learn about the innovative model that is sweeping the country, RTI. Response to Intervention (RTI) assists in raising all student achievement and provides an alternative process for student identification, using proven methods and instructional tools/strategies to support the learner.

For information and to register through Learner's Edge Inc. for Teach Well, Learn Well: RTI



Teaching Gifted Kids in Today's Classroom by Susan Winebrenner

Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom by Susan Winebrenner



Tapping the Talent: Working with Gifted Students

Learn how to succeed with your gifted and talented learners! Explore multiple strategies and techniques to provide needed support in the general education classroom and transfrom how you instruct gifted and talented students.


Succeeding with the Struggling Student

All teachers have students who struggle to learn. Many of these students have never been taught strategies that are compatible with the way they think and learn. Once we teach them the appropriate techniques, their learning problems diminish significantly. This course will explore myriad ways to help any student become a successful learner—without remediating, watering down content or repeating it endlessly, or lowering expectations.

More information on and to register through Learner's Edge Inc. for Tapping the Talent: Working with Gifted Students More information on and to register through Learner's Edge Inc. for Succeeding with the Struggling Student

Additional Courses Coming Soon...

Learn more about all of the Self-Paced, Text-Based  Distance Learning courses currently offered by Learner's Edge Inc.

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Independent Study

Learner's Edge Inc.'s i-Course is an independent study graduate course that enables an individual to design a course around virtually any Free Spirit Teacher Resource Text. You can easily choose a text, and then work with Learner's Edge staff to create a course of study based on that text. Once the planned course of study meets the approval of Learner's Edge and its university partners, the course officially begins.

Group Book Study

Join your colleagues and earn graduate credit for your work associated with virtually any Free Spirit Teacher Resource Text. You choose the text, and you design the course of study! It's flexible, fun, and very effective. Gather a group of colleagues who are interested in a common Free Spirit resource and contact Learner's Edge Inc. for text approval, registration, and syllabus. Read and collaboratively discuss the selected resource, document your shared discussions by providing minutes, respond to a series of questions based on the book, and apply your learning to your classroom, school, and/or district.

Group Book Study is great for:

  • Implementation of group, school-wide, or district-wide educational initiatives
  • Connecting with colleagues to exchange strategies and ideas
  • Collaborating with colleagues on your professional development goals
  • Succeeding in your classroom and your career
Learn more about Learner's Edge Exclusive i-Course.

Learn more about Learner's Edge Group Book Study.

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