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Equity and Inclusive Practices in K-12 Schools is a course covering achievement, fairness, instructional practice, and opportunity in education with regards to currently and historically under supported groups, including students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities. Topics covered include Universal Design for Learning, school discipline, expert learning, and cultural humility. Participants will complete a project addressing equity and inclusive practices within their own school or classroom, and will be supported in using data and analytic tools, DESE resources, and outside readings to implement their findings. This 45 hour online course will consist of 10 sessions. Each session will include an asynchronous video lecture, collaborative and independent work, and additional assignments and resources to explore. **3 graduate credits are offered through Fitchburg State University for an additional $295. More
Starts Starts: 9/28/2020 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: Online
Location Location:
Status Status: 30 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 
August 3-28, 2020 Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings by Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford Participants can purchase the book here, copy and paste the link to your browser: https://www.amazon.com/Academic-Conversations-Classroom-Critical-Understandings-ebook/dp/B009P4O2T2/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Academic+Conversations%3A+Classroom+Talk+that+Fosters+Critical+Thinking+and+Content+Understandings+by+Jeff+Zwiers+and+Marie+Crawford&qid=1590511340&sr=8-1 Description: Where would we be without conversation? Throughout history, conversations have allowed us to see different perspectives, build ideas, and solve problems. Conversations, particularly those referred to in this book as academic conversations, push students to think and learn in lasting ways. Academic conversations are back-and-forth dialogues in which students focus on a topic and explore it by building, challenging, and negotiating relevant ideas. Unfortunately, academic conversations are rare in many classrooms. Talk is often dominated by the teacher and a few students, or it does not advance beyond short responses to the teacher's questions. Even certain teaching approaches and curriculum programs neglect to train students how to maintain a focused, respectful, and thoughtful conversation. To address these challenges, authors Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford have identified five core communication skills to help students hold productive academic conversations across content areas. These skills include: elaborating and clarifying, supporting ideas with evidence, building on and/or challenging ideas, paraphrasing, and synthesizing. This book shows teachers how to weave the cultivation of academic conversation skills and conversations into current teaching approaches. Participants will be expected to address weekly discussion prompts in paragraph form and also respond to the posts of 2 colleagues. The discussion forum can be accessed through "Discussions" on the sidebar menu. Each week's assignments are organized within a folder that will open at 8am each Monday morning (see dates above). The folders are located in "Content" on the sidebar menu. At the conclusion of the text, participants will write a two page reflection describing one aspect from the book that will be put into practice. This book study satisfies the DESE re-licensure requirement of 15 PDPs related to SEI or ESL. More
Starts Starts: 8/17/2020 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: Online
Location Location:
Status Status: 11 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 15 seats
 
September 1-20, 2020 Assessing English Learners in U.S. Schools by Timothy L Farnsworth and Margaret E Malone Participants can purchase the book here, copy and paste the link to your browser: https://www.amazon.com/Assessing-English-Learners-U-S-Schools/dp/1942223188/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Assessing+English+Learners+in+U.S.+Schools&qid=1590511547&sr=8-2 Description: Why assess? And what will I do with the results? This book examines classroom assessment (not standardized assessment) through the lenses of three ESL teachers from across the United States. The teachers face a number of challenges particular to their individual situations, and other challenges common to all U.S. public school teachers. Most important, this book views teachers as the people best able to make their students successful. The decisions they make about assessments in the areas of literacy, oral language, and content-specific language development result in actionable information. Short reflections, jargon sidebars, and chapter activities make this an enjoyable, user-friendly resource for teachers in any classroom. Participants will be expected to address weekly discussion prompts in paragraph form and also respond to the posts of 2 colleagues. The discussion forum can be accessed through "Discussions" on the sidebar menu. Each week's assignments are organized within a folder that will open at 8am each Monday morning (see dates above). The folders are located in "Content" on the sidebar menu. At the conclusion of the text, participants will write a two page reflection describing one aspect from the book that will be put into practice. This book study satisfies the DESE re-licensure requirements for 15 PDPs in SEI or ESL. More
Starts Starts: 9/1/2020 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: Online
Location Location:
Status Status: 14 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 15 seats
 
July 20 - Aug 14, 2020 Supporting English Learners with Exceptional Needs by Patricia Rice Doran and Amy K. Noggle


Description: Educators working with English learners face challenges beyond teaching academic content in languages new to the students. The added layer of problem-solving for those who may have exceptional needs and providing the appropriate support can be a complex process that involves careful decision making. This book provides a discussion of strengths-based and deficit-based mindsets, collaborative problem-solving, and universal supports for curriculum access. Discover the importance of problem-solving processes at all levels, inclusive approaches to education, and a commitment to appropriate special education identification. Each chapter involves vignettes, discussion of key concepts, practical approaches and strategies, and reflection for discussion questions.



Participants will be expected to address weekly discussion prompts in paragraph form and also respond to the posts of 2 colleagues. The discussion forum can be accessed through "Discussions" on the sidebar menu. Each week's assignments are organized within a folder that will open at 8am each Monday morning (see dates above). The folders are located in "Content" on the sidebar menu. At the conclusion of the text, participants will write a two page reflection describing one aspect from the book that will be put into practice.



This book study satisfies the DESE relicensure requirement for 15 PDPs related to SEI or ESL.
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Starts Starts: 7/20/2020 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: Online
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 15 seats
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