Audience: K -12 Teachers

Delivery Method: Online

Gifted students are likely to receive the majority of their education in a regular classroom setting, due to both a prevalent philosophy committed to heterogeneous classes and lack of funding for specialized programs. These trends make it incumbent upon the classroom teacher to have a working knowledge of instructional models and differentiation strategies that will provide challenge for advanced learners.

This course is designed to look at instructional models and strategies for differentiating the curriculum for the gifted learner. Instructional models will be an overview of creative thinking, creative problem solving, critical thinking, teaching for intelligent behavior, and interdisciplinary curriculum. Instructional strategies will be an overview of comp acting, tiered activities , higher order questioning strategies, adding depth and complexity, and flexible grouping strategies. Current research and best practice discussions will the participants to able to identify essential elements necessary in the curriculum to add rigor and effectively meet the needs of the gifted learner in the classroom setting.

Develop an understanding of educational policy at the classroom, department, school, district, local, state, or federal level. Study literacy reform efforts through inquiry, reflection and analysis.  Learn how to influence policy and become an agent of change. 2 credits

This course will provide an overview of the reading process based on current theory and research as well as instructional methodology for teaching and promoting literacy across the disciplines. Participants will learn teaching methods, study strategies and assessment tools that strengthen student learning with diverse texts.

All policy decisions are courses of action that provide teachers with opportunities to improve teaching and learning. Participants will learn about the importance of using a systematic process to collect data, analyze problems and design policy initiatives, which may be at the classroom, department, school, district, state, or federal level.