July 7-11, 2014

Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders through Inclusive Practices
(3 credits)
ED 609.903 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  

Differentiating Instruction: Responding to Every Student's Needs (3 credits)
ED 610.903 
Lauri Silver
M-F 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.   This course will offer the opportunity for educators to deepen their knowledge about topics relating to differentiated instruction through the exploration of tools, simulations, discussions, and research.  They will apply their learnings through the creation of original, differentiated products and will reflect on how differentiated instruction connects to their work in the classroom. Throughout the course, differentiated strategies will be embedded and modeled.  Students are asked to bring a laptop to each face-to-face class in order to access online resources. Elementary, Middle, High  

Teaching Students to Write Using Multiple Strategies: Issues of Correctness (3 credits)
ED 620B.903 Rebecca Gault
M-F 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

This course affords participants with the opportunity to examine the debate involving students' writing in standard American English across content areas. The developmental stages of writing and writing theories will be examined before moving to classroom writing practices involving correctness in writing. Participants will have the opportunity to examine the Common Core State Standards through the lens of correctness in writing. Concrete, useful, and engaging strategies to help students write correctly across content areas will be explored. Common errors in written and spoken standard American English will be identified and attention will be given to parallel issues in spoken English.  This course relies heavily on group discussion and learning by doing, with the expectation to create a mini-lesson that can be used in classrooms.  Participants will develop strategies to help students become successful at writing in a standard format and attending to audience and purpose. Elementary, Middle, High   

Remedial Reading Techniques for Students with Severe Reading Difficulties (3 credits)
ED 647.903  Ann Bain
M-F 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. This course focuses on intensive remediation using the Orton Gillingham and/or Lindamood Bell approach. Special emphasis on children having serious difficulties learning to read as well as those diagnosed with special educational needs (psychiatric, behavioral, language, and learning disorders) will be explored. Elementary, Middle, High

Values - Educating for Character (1.5 credits)
ED 651.909  Barbara Bisset
M-F 9:00 A.M.- 12:00 P.M. What is the connection between character education and student achievement? This course provides an exploration of the concepts that undergird the teaching of values and character development in schools.  The class will examine character education principles and programs and incorporate them into practical applications for students. Elementary, Middle, High

Mediation of Conflict (1.5 credits)
ED 652.909 Claire Salkowski
M-F 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. This course provides a broad overview of the field of conflict theory, conflict resolution, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), emphasizing school mediation and restorative practices. The theory of conflict will be analyzed and individual conflict styles will be identified. Participants will learn to match conflict styles according to the needs of the situation and will examine the impact of conflict on emotions and communications, with emphasis on developing skills to manage specific conflicts in the school setting. Skills and concepts for preventing classroom conflicts will be introduced, including an Affective or Peace Education and Conflict Resolution Curriculum overview.  ADR techniques will be discussed and identified with an emphasis on mediation and restorative practices for use in schools. Classes will be conducted in an experiential manner. Elementary, Middle, High

Using Technology to Integrate Universal Design for Learning into Classroom Instruction
(3 credits)
ED 663.903   Lisa Katz
M-F 8:30 A.M. - 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

Active Learning with Technology: Enriched Classroom Presentations (3 credits)
ED 665.903   Warren Nelson
M-F 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. This course is designed to help participants transform traditional digital presentation technologies (such as PowerPoint) from students passively receiving information to active classroom presentations where students individually respond and receive feedback. Learning basic scripting procedures will allow participants to construct classroom presentations that can actively involve students in independent learning experiences in school and/or as a flipped classroom experience. With this scripting, teachers can create digital presentations for critical reading activities, review activities, practice tests, and more, transforming traditional presentations into activities in which students are actively involved in processing content. Participants must have prior experience with creating basic PowerPoint presentations. Elementary, Middle, High

Teaching and Learning with Young Adult Literature (3 credits)
ED 696.903 Margaret Meacham
M-F 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. The recent surge in young adult publishing has created vibrant literature with a wide-ranging scope. These books vary tremendously in subject matter, quality, and age-appropriateness. This course is designed to allow middle and high school teachers and media specialists/librarians to examine this literature-including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biography, and graphics. Materials for use with diverse student populations will be identified, including ethnic diversities and learning diversities, and strategies will be modeled for using these materials successfully. The course will include strategies for identifying and teaching texts that adhere to Common Core State Standards.  Participants will be provided with guidelines for critical analysis and will develop and model strategies and classroom activities that encourage students to become lifelong readers. Middle, High