Week 1 June 22-26, 2015

Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders through Inclusive Practices (3 credits)

ED 609.902 Andrea Parrish
M-F 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. This course is designed to assist educators in developing strategies and techniques to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in accessing the general education environment. This introductory class is designed to familiarize participants with the complexity of the autism spectrum, while instructional and behavioral strategies will focus primarily on the needs of students who exhibit characteristics of high functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome. The course content allows participants to discuss theories and practical instructional strategies that provide students with autism the opportunity to receive instruction in their least restrictive environment. Participants will gain a better understanding of key issues related to inclusive practices, such as how to achieve academic success and adjust to behavioral challenges as well as foster social perception and social thinking skills. This course also will address effective strategies for communicating with parents and will include experiences for the educator to see the child with autism through the family's perspective. Elementary, Middle, High

Teaching Students to Write Using Multiple Strategies: Composing (3 credits)

ED 620A.902 Rebecca Fischer
M-F 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. This course is designed for educators who are teaching writing with a focus on the development of characteristics in quality written products-especially the development of ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions and presentation. The workshop approach, with units of study for the instruction of writing, will be examined and enriched with process writing strategies and concepts. Participants will investigate several frameworks incorporating concrete, practical and engaging teaching skills for the writing process. Strategies for identifying students' strengths and needs through formative and summative assessment also will be explored. During the course, participants will have the opportunity to write memoirs, create a Writer's Notebook, and be engaged in a plethora of writing pieces and activities. Development of writing mini-lessons for utilization in the classroom also will be integrated into the course, reflecting best practices for teaching effective writing. In addition, work in writing response groups will provide an avenue for peer sharing and review, as well as the opportunity for personal writing. The Common Core State framework and standards will be studied for practical application in the classroom. Elementary and Middle

Special Project Seminar in Reading Intervention: Vocabulary and Comprehension (3 credits)
ED 638.902 Nancy Perkins
M-F 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. This course provides a detailed examination of vocabulary and reading comprehension instruction. Through many interactive activities, participants will increase their knowledge base of word learning strategies. The second half of the course will focus on utilizing comprehension strategies. Information on text complexity also is included. Integrating these strategies into all content areas is emphasized. Elementary, Middle, High

Using Technology to Integrate Universal Design for Learning into Classroom Instruction (3 credits)
ED 663.902 Nancy Reed
Online and Face-to-Face T 6/22 & Th 6/24, 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. Diversity is the norm, not the exception, in schools today. When curricula are designed only to meet the needs of a few, those with different abilities, learning styles, backgrounds, and preferences may fall behind. Twenty-first century teaching and learning focuses on ensuring that all individuals have fair and equal opportunities to learn. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework that addresses learner diversity at the beginning of the design or planning effort. This course will expose participants to brain networks, the history and principles of UDL, strategies for approaching all learners, what will be taught, and how it will be taught. Participants will experiment with technology tools and redesign a lesson using these tools, demonstrating multiple ways to access resources and content so learners are ensured the opportunity engage in learning. Elementary, Middle, High