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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.
Winter Session II
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!
Foundations of Inclusion
This course is designed to provide educators with an overview of the foundations of inclusion and evidence-based best practices for inclusion. Participants will explore such practices following the principles of Inclusion, Universal Design for Learning, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Social and Emotional Learning, and Co-Teaching, while learning implementation strategies for student success. Participants will learn a structured approach to assess students’ needs, provide appropriate modifications and accommodations as needed, and design and provide suitable interventions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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