This online course features experienced special education teacher and instructional coach, Catherine Wilson. Throughout the course, Catherine focuses on strategies and tools to help you better support students with disabilities who have fallen behind. The course examines how to use the accelerated learning approach rather than the remediation approach to help students catch up and close gaps. The accelerated learning approach includes five steps that are explained, and modeled it within this online course. First, is to clearly articulate learning goals. Catherine shares strategies and activities that have worked in various classroom settings with diverse groups of students and abilities. The second step is to activate and build prior knowledge to increase learning and retention for students with disabilities. Catherine stresses the importance of frequent and meaningful formative assessment, which is the third step. The course includes resources, strategies and techniques to support you in being able to assess your students. Strategic vocabulary instruction is a crucial and fourth step to accelerate learning and help your students with disabilities catch up. Lastly, the fifth step focuses on using high-leverage instruction strategies. This course is full of practical, high leverage strategies to help students that struggle and increase academic success for students with disabilities. Additional digital resources, templates, and examples are included.
You will learn how to:
- Help your students catch-up and stay caught up with class content
- Utilize UDL guidelines and accelerated learning approach
- Articulate learning goals for students with disabilities so they can achieve greater academic gains
- Support your students with disabilities build prior knowledge
- Support ongoing, transparent formative assessments to yield timely and detailed feedback
- Increase your students' immersion with hands-on, multisensory vocabulary experiences to accelerate their learning
- Use high-leverage instruction strategies to help your students with disabilities catch-up and excel academically
Watch an excerpt from this course:
"This on-demand format worked well for my learning style and ADHD. I loved creating my own doodle notes and was surprised by how much better my understanding and recall of the material was during my sessions!"
- P. Wyka
"I love that Cat gave us so many examples and ideas that we can use in our classroom immediately. We won't need to spend a lot of money to implement her strategies."
- B. Snedden
"It was a great course. I liked that the strategies employed UDL and showed different ways to implement it in the classroom."
- D. Pinon
"The course was meaningful and gave a refreshing perspective on how to support students who have gaps in their education or are far behind in their learning."
- J. Hale
"I absolutely loved this course from start to finish. It was so engaging and I learned so many new things that I will be able to take back to my classroom and do right away. I loved all the strategies and formative assessment takeaways."
- H. Anderson
"The course was very informative and the speaker was very knowledgeable on the topic. I really appreciate all the resources especially the handbook as well as the other printed resources."
- V. Reyes