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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.
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.
Navigating Student Support Services
This course is designed to provide educators with an overview of student support services. Participants will learn a structured approach to assess students’ needs, provide appropriate modifications and accommodations, and obtain the suitable support services for best student progress. Referral strategies for students’ areas of concern will be studied. Sources of support services will be examined. Participants will explore Student Teacher Assistance Teams, Title One, 504s, IEPs, and more.
Getting Started with Reading Workshop
This course will explore the components of Reading Workshop. The course will focus on the foundations of literacy, instructional strategies, and assessment through the lens of Reading Workshop. Participants will learn strategies to improve student literacy through the workshop model using a balanced literacy approach as well as the essentials required to establishing a workshop structure in the classroom at any level. Topics covered will include the stages of literacy, elements of guided reading, lesson planning, setting up and managing reading workshop in the classroom, phonics and word study, evaluation, flexible groupings, and more!
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.
Getting Started with Math Workshop
Getting Started with Math Workshop is designed to introduce participants to a structure for teaching math that supports each child’s development in order to maximize math proficiency. Participants will gain strategies for engaging students in standards-based, rigorous, and meaningful learning opportunities where the teacher focuses on a particular concept, strategy or skill. Course participants will learn to implement and facilitate math workshop in the classroom, including scheduling, designing stations or centers, lesson planning, differentiation, and assessment. Various models of math workshop will be studied.
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!
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.
Assistive Technology and Accessible Instructional Materials
This course is designed as an introductory overview in the application of assistive technology in the general education setting in compliance with IDEA requirements. Participants will be introduced to specific types of adaptive, assistive, and augmentative technologies to enable students with disabilities, based upon the MA DOE disabilities guidelines, to access the curriculum. The course will cover the continuum of Assistive Technology devices, universal design for learning, curriculum adaptation and integration of best strategies and practices, accessible educational materials, state resources, and assessment and evaluation protocols. Family involvement in all phases of service delivery will also be discussed.
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.
Tiered Interventions for English Language Learners with Disabilities
This course is designed to provide educators with evidence-based best practices for developing and implementing tiered interventions for English Language Learners with Disabilities. An overview of the typical profile of English Language Learners in Special Education. Participants will study tiered interventions and strategies for supporting English Language Learner students who are also in special education. Current issues in ELL referrals to special education will be covered.
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