20 hours

Teaching to exceptional children invokes careful planning, the use of data in the planning stages, and a teamed approach that involves parents and all educational stakeholders to work into a child’s success. Beginning with individualized student plans, participants will develop their ability to analyze and plan with data to differentiate for multiple learner types and instructional support.  Strategies for co-teaching using Common Core, traditional and 21st century curriculum will result in a multiple-pronged approach to instructional success.

Course Outcomes:

  • Practice with and use data and resources for planning and implementation of a broad and scaffolded curriculum focused on the needs of exceptional learners.
  • Leverage new information, tools and resources, student readiness and differentiated approaches to learning with evidence-based practices for a variety of learners, educational programs and classroom settings.

20 hours

Teaching to exceptional adolescents and young adults invokes careful planning, the use of data in the planning stages, and a teamed approach that involves parents and all educational stakeholders to work into a child’s success. Beginning with individualized student plans, participants will develop their ability to analyze and plan with data to differentiate for multiple learner types and instructional support.  Strategies for co-teaching using Common Core, traditional and 21st century curriculum will result in a multiple-pronged approach to instructional success.

Course Outcomes:

  • Research current assessments practices and analyze criteria against student work. Design effective assessments.
  • Learn and practice with the research skills needed to seek out assessment resources that build teaching capacity.
  • Match grade-level assessment criteria to standards-aligned curriculum and instruction. Learn how to monitor student learning to move up individual student performance.

20 hours

Teaching to the exceptional learner requires careful and flexible planning with tools and resources that have a record of success. Beginning with various research-based tools and strategies, participants will develop their ability to analyze and plan with data to differentiate for multiple learner types and with varying degrees of support to teach to the needs of exceptional learners. Tools and 21st century resources will include strategy guides, electronic planning and scoring instruments, student-facing organizers and checklists among others. 

Course Outcomes:

  • Plan and practice with the strategies that lead to effective and diverse learning in inclusive learning environments.
  • Plan flexibly using tools, resources, and new strategy to address the needs of exceptional learners.
  • Understand the relevance of a properly structured learning environment coupled with the tools and resources for success in meeting the diverse needs of students.

20 hours

Formative, criterion-referenced and normative assessment methods can work as a triage to diagnose the exceptional learner, with one as useful as the other depending on the goal. Those tools and techniques with the strongest base of research in utility and value will be the feature of this course.  Through the use of technology, smart classroom strategy, and curricular design, formal and informal assessments will work to effectively diagnose student needs in order to prescribe a specific learning path. Formal and informal assessments will include intelligence testing, SLOs, formative assessments to include observational and anecdotal data, performance tasks, learning style inventories, behavioral assessment, criterion-referenced assessments, and standardized assessments. Data gleaned of these assessments will be used to differentiate with.

Course Outcomes:

  • Identify and align proper, effective diagnostic tools and techniques for exceptional learners in classrooms.
  • Understand how to evaluate the needs of students to align best instructional strategy to those needs.
  • Through job-embedded participation, practice with multiple research-based assessments to analyze student needs, learning readiness, and needed instructional support.
  • Use sound research-based strategy to plan for instruction and instructional intervention, or modify existing instructional plans, for the special needs and exceptional learners in classrooms.

20 hours

Interventions for increasing the academic engagement and progress of students with autism spectrum disorder in inclusive classrooms will be the focus of this course. Use of empirically supported, field-tested strategies for inclusive classrooms will detail strategies for successful implementation. Participants will develop familiarity and facility with strategy pertinent to their own classroom realities. From songs in transition times, to listening activities and visual engagement, participants will end this course with the creation of comprehensive lesson plans that incorporate course strategies as they align with standards, curriculum and instructional motivation for students with autism.

Course Outcomes:

  • Understand and prepare for the diverse needs of students with autism by aligning research and standards-based instructional strategy to them. 
  • Practice with implementation tools and strategies focused on the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder. 
  • Leverage information, tools and resources with student readiness and differentiated approaches to learning.

20 hours

Practical and authentic assessment methods that have a strong research-base will be the central feature of this course in evaluating the needs of exceptional students.  Informal and teacher-developed assessment technique will invoke best practices through the use of technology, smart classroom strategy, and through smart curriculum design.  Formal, informal assessments and other data will include observation and anecdotal note taking (kid-watching), SLOs, IEP goals, behavioral assessment, criterion-referenced assessments, standardized and performance based assessments, and learning style inventories. Data gleaned of these assessments will be used to differentiate with while aligning best practices with student needs.

Course Outcomes:

  • Evaluate the needs of special needs students to align best instructional strategy to those needs.
  • Through job-embedded participation, practice with several research-based assessments in order to determine student needs, learning readiness, and needed instructional support.
  • Use sound research-based strategy to plan for instruction and instructional intervention, or modify existing instructional plans, for the language needs of the learners.

20 hours

Formative, criterion-referenced and normative assessment methods contribute to effective diagnose of the exceptional learner, using only the strongest base of research in utility and value. Effective diagnosis of student learning difficulties as determined through formative and summative assessments will be key to intervention and effective planning. Through the use of technology, research-based tools, formative assessments, summative data and differentiated classroom strategy, participants will learn to diagnose student needs in order to plan carefully and strategically for the multiple and unique learning needs among students. 

Course Outcomes:

  • Identify and properly align effective diagnostic tools and techniques to exceptional learner needs in classrooms.
  • Evaluate the needs of exceptional learners within the mainstream educational setting in order to align best instructional strategy to those needs.
  • Use sound research-based strategy to plan for instruction and instructional intervention, or modify existing instructional plans, for the unique and specific student needs.

20 hours

The challenges faced by some of our neediest children can be easily remedied through a combination of strategy, ingenuity and 21st century technologies. Among the most challenging aspects of behavior occurs when learning becomes fraught with frustration. Harnessing strategies consistent with how students think, work, and use technologies can level the playing field in classrooms with diverse learners. E-readers, handheld devices, smartboard technology, Internet-based applications and other assistive technologies can assist in a range of ways from the highly gifted to the struggling learners, preventing or eradicating those behaviors that manifest into deeper learning challenges.

Course Outcomes:

  • Develop working familiarity with strategies and technologies that assist in teaching exceptional children and young adults.
  • Develop facility and utility with strategies, tools and technologies through planning and use in teaching exceptional children and young adults.
  • Work new strategy and resources into lessons and unit plans to begin implementation of a 21st century curriculum geared to teaching students challenged with behavioral issues.