SELF-STUDY: Integrated Classrooms (10 hours)
“Discover successful strategies to accommodate each learner in your classroom through the Individualized Education Program and Universal Design for Learning”
Welcome to this dual course aimed to help you understand more about integrated classrooms. This dual course consists of the following 5 hour courses:
- IEPs: Documentation and Implementation for Teachers
- Accommodations through UDL
Teaching each student in a classroom effectively is never easy. It is next to impossible to find a classroom full of students with the same needs, learning levels and abilities. Teachers are thus faced with the daily challenge of teaching a diverse group the same lesson and ensuring that they all learn in the process.
In the first part of this course, teachers are equipped to provide children who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) with an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. It is designed to educate the educators on the various regulations and requirements while helping develop a team that works together to improve educational results for children with special needs. Teachers will examine various supports and services a student with special needs may receive for instruction and testing. Carrying this forward, the UDL framework presented in the second part, builds on research findings that show how a single teaching approach has very limited results in student learning, highlighting the need for a new curricular approach. Here a learner’s level of recognition, strategic, and affective networks are all taken into account to determine the best way to teach them. This dual online PD course is centered around exploring practical strategies that can be used to add a much needed element of flexibility in teaching presentation, student expression and meaningful engagement and upholding learning as the primary focus.