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Supporting Learners with Autism 2021

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 59 children has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 8. With such prevalent rates of diagnosis, the question for educators becomes how to effectively meet the needs of these learners in the school setting. In this course we will explore the hallmark characteristics of ASD, current research on causes and potential cures, and supports that have proven successful in the school setting in relation to social, behavioral, academic and emotional gains. This course is open to anyone who is interested in expanding his/her knowledge of this medical diagnosis.

Maximizing Working Memory, Language, & Attention in the Classroom-2021

One of the most commonly occurring questions asked by teachers is for suggestions regarding understanding the interplay between students' working memory, language, and attention skills. This course will explain the relationship between these three areas and will teach practical strategies for freeing up linguistic and cognitive resources. Techniques covered will include:

-teaching approaches that reduce cognitive demand
-simplifying material and task design
-implementing interventions to boost comprehension

By reducing cognitive demands and implementing solid practices to improve executive function and working memory, students are better able to allocate their cognitive resources to access the curriculum, participate in classroom activities, and complete academic tasks.

Meeting ALL Students' Needs in Reading: Small Group Instruction and Conferences-Summer 2021

Do you have beginning AND advanced readers in your classroom? Are you looking for ways to meet all these readers’ needs? In this class, teachers will explore using small-group instruction to meet all students’ needs in reading. We will explore different instructional models including guided reading and strategy groups. Teachers will experiment with using a variety of data sources to create and change groups. We will also answer the question which is always on teachers’ minds: “What are the rest of the students’ doing?” Teachers will leave this class more equipped to meet a wide variety of students’ needs in reading instruction.