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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.
Summer Session I
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.
Restorative Practices in Schools
This course is designed to provide educators with an overview of restorative practices to promote improved student behavior and overall achievement. Participants will learn to understand and implement restorative practices as a framework for building community and for responding to challenging behavior through authentic dialogue, coming to a collective understanding, and moving forward in a positive direction. Course topics will explore building positive cultures and communities, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS), the group process, as well as conflict resolution and behavior management through the lens of restorative practices. Participants will learn to implement restorative practices in school settings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
21st Century Classrooms: Internet Connected Students
This course will introduce participants to best practical and applicable instructional methodologies and strategies for creating a 21st Century Classroom of internet connected students. Participants will examine newer electronic technologies/media for integration in the classroom with the goal of increasing student engagement and achievement. Participants will gain an understanding for application of course principles in order to develop and implement a technology rich classroom environment to maximize the opportunity for hands-on learning. Course topics will include integration of technology in educational settings for the enhancement of teaching and learning, design and development of digital-age learning experiences and assessments, digital citizenship and responsibility, and recognition of the importance of continued professional growth and leadership in achieving and maintaining expertise in the use of educational technology.
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.
Teaching Reading to Students with Learning 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.