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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.