Please use the drop-down menu to see course options:
Option 1: ($400) 67.5 Massachusetts' D.E.S.E. Professional Development Points
Option 2: ($850) 3 Endicott College Graduate-Level Credits
*Registration for Endicott College credits must be completed at course start.
Pedagogy for the Inclusive Classroom
This course will introduce participants to best practical and applicable instructional methodologies for diverse learners in the inclusive setting, including ELL students and students with behavioral challenges. Current research and best practice to improve classroom instruction and learning for students with moderate disabilities will be covered. Best instructional practices for classroom management, effective general education instructional methodology including Understanding by Design, and development of measurable outcomes, adaptations, accommodations, and modifications for diverse learners. Participants will learn to match an area of disability with an intervention and be able to implement the best practical and applicable instructional strategies for diverse learners in the inclusive setting. Concepts will be discussed with regard to closing the achievement gap.
Culturally Competent Classrooms
This course is designed to provide educators with an overview of the essential components in creating a culturally competent classroom. Participants will evaluate the Competencies of a Culturally Competent Classroom and learn how to implement evidence-based best Inclusive Practices. Course topics will explore Teaching Tolerance and cultural competency aligned to the principles of Universal Design for Learning, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and Social Emotional Learning.
Effective Co-Teaching for Student Success
This course is designed to provide educators with an understanding of collaborative and co-teaching models and prepare them to implement these models in their
schools and classrooms. A model of shared responsibility among staff will be studied. Participants will learn about the unique, diverse, and specialized skills and instructional
practices of co-teaching, including pedagogical skills consistent with state and local educational goals. Varied strategies that will meet the needs of all learners in a co-taught classroom
will be explored.
Social Emotional Disorders in the Classroom
This course introduces educators to strategies for managing students with social/emotional disorders in the classroom. The course will provide comprehensive information on emotional disorders as well as the behaviors that may arise from the disability. Course material will provide you with information on: definitions, characteristics, causes, common assessments, functional behavior assessment, ABA and Positive Behavior Supports, advocacy, and current issues in the field. This information will benefit all educational teachers and counselors, parents or anyone who is interested in learning about emotional disorders and the best practices for supporting students with social emotional disorders.
Writing Strategies for the Content Areas (K-12)
This course will cover strategies for using Writing as a tool to extend and deepen students’ learning in the content areas across all grade levels. Participants will gain practical, research-based strategies for implementing writing instruction in the content areas. The course will explore types of writing, writing to learn, developing content area comprehension through writing, differentiation strategies, and assistive technology in writing. Participants will learn to design content area literacy lesson plans. Emphasis is placed upon aligning writing instruction to Common Core State Standards for content areas.
Distinguishing Language from Learning Disability
This course is designed to provide educators with the knowledge and tools to be able to determine eligibility for English Language Learner students in special education. Participants will explore a typical trajectory for language acquisition, common misconceptions about ELLs and second language acquisition, and various approaches to determining special education eligibility for ELLs. Characteristics of second language acquisition that mirror a learning disability will be covered as well as classroom implications and strategies for supporting ELL students.
Managing Behavioral Challenges in the Classroom
This course introduces educators to strategies for managing challenging student behavior. The study of teaching and curriculum and classroom design are studied as factors affecting student behavior. Participants will learn to de-escalate challenging students. Presentations, discussions, case studies, role plays, and explicit teaching of de-escalation and restraint techniques will enrich participants’ experience.
Promoting Positive School Culture in the Classroom
This course is designed to provide educators with an overview of the essentials required in a positive school and classroom culture. Participants will learn the components of positive school and classroom communities. The components of bridging the home school connection will be covered as well as community involvement in schools. Topics covered will include zero tolerance, bullying, creating a supportive school, service learning, teaching social responsibility, connecting with diverse families, and more.
Supporting English Language Learners in Special Education
This course is designed to provide educators with the knowledge of how to support English Language Learner students who are also in special education. Participants will learn specific accommodations to support students. Current issues in ELL referrals to special education will be covered. Participants will gain an understanding of how to support ELL, special education students as well as increase the home/school component of education.
Teaching Reading to Students with Disabilities
This course is an overview of research, theory, and best practices in the fields of reading and learning disabilities. Participants will study content and teaching approaches focusing on reading for preK-12 students with learning disabilities. Topics include evidence-based approaches for promoting growth in phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. Participants will learn a variety of specific modifications and interventions based upon individual needs and designed to address and remediate learning problems as specified by the I.E.P.
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