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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
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Fall Session III
Response To Intervention (RTI) in the Classroom
This course will enhance participants’ understanding of the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework in local and state agencies. Participants will gain an understanding of the RTI components of student screenings and progress monitoring, including how to identify students with special needs. This course teaches how to design and implement RTI in the classroom. Participants will explore evidenced-based interventions for students struggling with Reading, Writing, Math, Behavior, and Social Emotional challenges.
Special Education Law: Federal and State Regulations
This course will explore the major legal documents that govern the provision of services and discipline of students with disabilities. Participants will be introduced to federal and state special education laws and regulations through the lens of both general and special educators. Particular attention will be given to IDEA, Massachusetts General Law pertaining to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Chapter 71B, Massachusetts educational laws and regulations 603 CMR 28.00 for Special Education, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act eligibility criteria. The topics of eligibility, Response to Intervention (RTI), Curriculum Accommodation Plans, evaluation, due process, parental rights, procedural safeguards, free and appropriate public education (FAPE), special education service models, Least Restrictive Environment, transition planning, placement, current restraint laws, and discipline laws for students with disabilities will be reviewed.
Teaching Writing for Better Readers
This course is designed to provide participants with an overview of the basic components of teaching writing to make better readers! Current research and best strategies for teaching writing for better reading to all students will be discussed. Participants will learn about child development in writing and reading, the writing process, and the four types of writing - shared, interactive, guided, and independent. Strategies for teaching writing to special education and English language learner students will also be covered.
Engaging all Students
One of the most challenging obstacles for educators is understanding and responding to our students’ varying learning styles and needs. This course will introduce participants to best practical and applicable instructional strategies for all classroom settings to raise student achievement and motivation. Participants will learn to design a cognitive context for learning, including methods of differentiation and project-based learning design. In addition, the course will discuss best instructional practices for classroom management, productive classroom discussions, classroom probes to inform instruction, working effectively with families, and development of higher order thinking skills. Participants will review current research on the brain and student learning to support all students through appropriate challenges and supports, including technology, to promote success for all students.
Understanding Special Education
This course is designed to provide educators with an overview of the major special education disability categories and best teaching practices to support each disability type within the inclusive classroom. Definitions for each category as well as determination criteria will be reviewed. Participants will learn a structured approach to assess and understand the assessment of students’ needs, provide appropriate modifications and accommodations, and obtain the suitable support services that match the disability. Participants will study the IEP process, review the parts of an IEP, and learn strategies for implementing IEP accommodations. Additionally, the course will explore child find laws, diagnostic criteria, behavioral characteristics, best educational approaches and more!
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.
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.
When Poverty Comes to the Classroom
When Poverty Comes to the Classroom will introduce participants to the latest research on poverty and how it affects students' cognitive development, engagement, and academic performance. In this course, participants will learn how to differentiate among various types of poverty and understand the unique aspects and effects of each upon today’s learner and its impact upon the developing brain. Participants will learn schoolwide and classroom-level strategies for alleviating the lagging skills demonstrated by students battling poverty. Course topics will include examination of the different types of poverty and its impact upon the learner, how poverty affects students’ cognitive development, engagement, and academic performance, research on and implementation of schoolwide and classroom-level strategies for alleviating the lagging skills demonstrated by students battling poverty, the social emotional effects of poverty on the learner, behavior management strategies, and educating about poverty.
Responding to Challenging Behaviors
This course will enable participants to understand and respond to challenging behaviors in students exhibiting challenging behaviors. Participants will learn how to respond, rather than react to student behaviors. Emphasis will be placed upon the notion that a student’s behavior is an essential component of their social and academic experience. This course will explore the interaction between learning issues, behaviors, and performance in students. Best instructional practices and strategies will be explored to help understand student behaviors and to promote acceptance and improve their social skills.
Tiered Interventions for Struggling Learners
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.