This course introduces students to characteristics of diverse learners and to special-education law and the legal process for identifying students for services, including the development of the Individualized Education Program. The course explores effective methods for individualizing instruction, including Universal Design, differentiating instruction, and formative assessment,to meet the needs of diverse learners.Formative and summative assessment data to inform classroom instruction is studied. Collaboration with families and para-educators is addressed. This class emphasizes self-directed learning and extensive use of professional learning resources. An Action-research project with special-needs students will be required. This course is offered every spring. 05/29/2018-07/06/2018 Independent Study Days to be Announced, Times to be Announced, Room to be Announced
Participants will develop an understanding of how to evaluate and design appropriate math instruction for diverse learners. Emphasis will be on numeracy, inquiry, and problem solving instruction. Participants will gain experience in the use of formative assessment and authentic tasks in math instruction. Participants will learn to use of technology as an instructional tool with emphasis on technology?s role in research, problem solving, and presentation to promote higher order thinking. 05/21/2018-08/17/2018 Independent Study Days to be Announced, Times to be Announced, Room to be Announced