General Information about Creating Inclusive Environments and Supporting Students with Special Needs courses

Title: Career Development for MRDD Adults using Authentic Learning

Author: Jane DeMeis

Abstract: This mini course to help the specialist or counselor learn as much as they can about their MRDD individuals through inquiry, through the use of the internet, and then on to authentic learning by experimenting with placements.

Course Objective: This course will look at using various methods of educational based research and development to enable the Vocational counselor and Employment Specialist to reach a more successful placement for individuals who are Mentally Retarded and/or Developmentally Disabled.

Tag(s): MRDD(Mentally Retarded and/or Developmentally Disabled), career development support


Title: Understanding Learning Disabilities and the Learning Disabled

Author: Elise Weiss

Abstract: This course teaches the concepts of specific learning disabilities, misconceptions and issues surrounding learning disabilities, and effective instructional strategies for specific learning disabilities and their implementation.

Course Objective: By the end of this course, participants will be able to define specific learning disabilities in the content areas of reading, math, writing, and the processing disorders that affect them, identify misconceptions among educators regarding LD students and their learning capabilities, give examples of what the best practices are to improve the learning environment for learning disabled students and utilize the strategies presented to decrease the frustration level of LD students.

Tag(s): learning disabilities, instructional strategies


Title: Concept Mapping Across the Curriculum

Author: Kelly Geddes

Abstract: A professional development course on how to utilize and implement concept maps in the LD classroom.

Course Objective: At the end of the unit participants will have a better understanding of how graphic organizers help the LD student. Participants will also learn how to create content specific maps to implement in their classrooms.

Tag(s): concept map, curriculum implementation


Title: Movement in Learning

Author: Sandy Feocco

Abstract: This course discusses why movement is important in our classrooms. Course Objective: Participants will gain a fuller understanding of the importance of movements in classrooms.

Tag(s): movement, classroom teaching


Title: Students with ASD: Developing Socialization and Self-Management Skills

Author: Jeffrey Bordeman

Abstract: This mini-course that provides participants with information to assist them in better understanding ASD and the educational difficulties students with this disorder face.

Course Objective: By Completion of this course, participants will develop an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by learning all the disabilities the spectrum encompasses, learn how ASD is diagnosed by evaluating the criteria for an ASD diagnosis, discover how to develop social skills in students with ASD by evaluating several research based approaches and evaluate the behavioral issues students with ASD exhibit and develop strategies to assess and develop self management strategies for the student.

Tag(s): ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), diagnosis


Title: Understanding Dyslexia and Severe Reading Disabilities

Author: Sue Rappazzo

Abstract: The objectives of this course are to help teachers and parents identify symptoms of dyslexia or a severe reading disability early in school age child, understand recent brain science on reading and learn strategies and how to find resources that help them cope emotionally and learn to "break the code" and read.

Course Objective: Learners will be able to identify symptoms of dyslexia or a reading disability and can find resources to offer support.

Tag(s): dyslexia, reading disabilities


Title: Creating a Bully Free Environment

Author: Chris Poulopoulo

Abstract: This course explains the bullying cycle, offers methods on developing a caring community, and show examples of anti-bully programs and talks about how to create an anti-bully program.

Course Objective: Participants will get a fuller understanding of bullying cycle, and will be able to create anti-bully program in order to create bully free environment.

Tag(s): bullying, anti-bully


Title:Supporting Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author: Kendyl Smeatin

Abstract: This course will provide participants with a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to effectively support children with ASD in a classroom environment.

Course Objective: At the end of the course, learners will be able to obtain basic knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorder and draw conclusions about common misconceptions and myths about children with ASD. Develop skills that solve problems regarding misconceptions about students with ASD. Make and execute decisions about appropriate practices that support students with ASD in a classroom environment.

Tag(s): Autism Spectrum Disorder, Children, Classroom.


Title: Autism in the General Education Setting

Author: Heather Kurto

Abstract: The intention of this course is to help teachers understand the disability of autism spectrum disorders and how it impacts a general education classroom.

Course Objective: Course participants should be able to identify characteristics of ASD, and have strategies to help students on the spectrum easily integrate into the general education classroom.

Tag(s): autism spectrum disorder, general education classroom, strategies


Title: Diversity-Neutral Learning Environments

Author: Gia Campanella Schneider

Abstract: This course was designed to help educators create diversity-neutral learning environments.

Course Objective: Learners will be able to understand why promoting diversity-neutral learning spaces is important as an educator, and be able to identify different factors of diversity between participants and students. Also, participants will be able to seek out practical tools to make learning environments more diversity-neutral, and create a plan for how to make the learning environments more diversity-neutral.

Tag(s): diversity-neutral, learning environments, practical tools


Title: Integrating Service-Learning in Nursing Education

Author: Mary Guadrón

Abstract: The intent of this project is to introduce nurse educators to service-learning in order to enhance teaching and learning strategies that promote nursing students’ clinical learning. Topics to be covered include: Introduction to service-learning; Stages of service-learning; Learning objectives, outcomes, and assessment in service-learning; Models for integration of service-learning; Resources for service-learning.

Course Objective: When asked to describe a service-learning approach, learners will be able to classify the purpose, goals, and stages of service-learning in writing. Learners will be able to design and plan for an effective service-learning experience. Also, learners will be able to effectively facilitate and assess the service-learning process.

Tag(s): service-learning, Nursing Education, clinical learning


Title: Using Technology to Promote Literacy in Students with Disabilities

Author: Lyndsay Wright

Abstract: This course is designed to help educators learn the importance of using technology to increase learning outcomes in literacy for students with disabilities. The course will explore what a balanced literacy approach is; why students with disabilities struggle with literacy; what technology is available to promote a balanced literacy approach for students with disabilities; and how teachers can effectively incorporate this technology into the classroom.

Course Objective: Learners will develop a better understanding of the importance in utilizing technology to promote literacy in students with disabilities. And, learners will explore different technology tools to help teach a balanced literacy approach to struggling students. Also, learners will be able to create a classroom activity that targets one area of literacy and incorporates technology to assist the students with disabilities in successfully completing the activity.

Tag(s): students with disabilities, balanced literacy, technology, approach, classroom activity



Title: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author: Nicole Tyminski

Abstract: N/S

Course Objective: In this course you will: Develop a deeper understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using a variety of media devices. Understand the signs and symptoms of ASD. Learn how ASD is diagnosed and treated. Learn strategies for working with students with autism. Discuss common myths about ASD with your peers.Review lesson plans that can be used with students that have autism. Create and implement a lesson plan to use with students that have autism.

Tag(s): Autism