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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.
Fall Session II
Closing the Achievement Gap
This course will introduce participants to best practical and applicable instructional methodologies and strategies for closing the achievement gap. Participants will research current factors for the achievement gap and identify best practice strategies for supporting the closure of the achievement gap. Course topics will include highly qualified teachers, rigorous curriculums, educator professional development, culturally competent classrooms, behavioral and emotional management, communication with families, creating positive schools, and student supports, including enrichment, progress monitoring, and extended school days and years. Best instructional practices and course concepts will be discussed with regard to closing the achievement gap. Understanding by Design and Response to Intervention models will be research and applied to closing the achievement gap.
Implementing Writer’s Workshop
This course is designed to help participants transform their classroom into a well-organized and well-managed Writer’s Workshop that promotes writing growth. Using a balanced literacy approach, course participants will learn how to implement Writer’s Workshop. The course will cover practical ideas for launching Writer’s Workshop, including mentor text, planning strategic mini-lessons, ideas for maintaining records and creating portfolios for assessment, organizing supplies, building and managing community, and establishing a productive learning environment. Teachers will discover new ways to integrate content areas into writing as well as learn classroom management skills specific to the model.
The Holistic Classroom
This course will explore the neurological process of executive function (goal-directed behavior, planning, organization, and impulse control) and the negative impact that stress is having on student learning and achievement. Participants will evaluate and learn to implement activities for improving students’ working memory, emotional regulation, and resilience. Topics covered will include the mind-body connection, mindfulness, grit, yoga, and movement-based learning, promoting pro-social behaviors and general well-being of learners. Participants will gain strategies for incorporating holistic components into their classrooms and schools.
Literacy in Mathematics
Reading and writing in mathematics are of particular interest to educators because these processes are essential to both problem solving and concept development in mathematics. This course will expose participants to various strategies for incorporating literacy into math lessons in order to meet Common Core State Standards and accelerate student success. Strategies for teaching literacy in math will be explored through the topics of vocabulary, speaking and listening skills in math, using literary and expository texts in math, mathematical reading comprehension, assessments, and writing about math.
Dissecting an IEP
This course will cover Massachusetts’ student eligibility process for an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Participants will dissect an IEP and learn how to align student IEPs to Common Core State Standards. This course will take participants through the IEP process, including initial evaluations, annual reviews, and tri-annual evaluations, as well as through each part of the IEP. Definitions and expectations for each part of an IEP will be explored.
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.
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.
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.
Including Special Education Students in the Classroom
This course is designed to provide educators with an overview of special education accommodations. Participants will learn a structured approach to assess students’ needs, provide appropriate modifications and accommodations as needed, and obtain the suitable support services if needed. Strategies for implementing accommodations will be studied. Sources of accommodations will be examined. Participants will explore accommodations for instruction, assessment, behavior, and more!
Assistive Technology and Accessible Instructional Materials
This course is designed to provide educators with evidence-based best practices for developing and implementing tiered interventions for struggling learners across grade levels and academic settings. An overview of the typical profile struggling learners will be reviewed and analyzed. Participants will study tiered interventions and strategies for supporting struggling learners including those placed in Special Education. Current issues with struggling learners will be covered, including socioeconomic, social emotional, and behavioral concerns.