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Advocating For Learning

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Learners examine dispositions and beliefs regarding teaching and learning for all students. This course includes discussions about supportive and engaging learning environments, along with collaboration with other professionals to develop strategies that promote student learning.  Using assessment data, learners will differentiate instruction and employ appropriate strategies for students. Learners will explore advocacy through course materials, practical exercises and engaging group activities.



This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Assessment in a Learning Classroom

    • Contrast assessment of students in a collaborative learning environment versus a traditional classroom environment.
    • Utilize assessment data to differentiate instruction.

    • Create an assessment menu.
    • Analyze assessment data to obtain a clear picture of student learning.
    • Determine various formats for assessment including both formative and summative assessments. 

    Continuous Improvement

    • Determine the impact professional development has on teacher practice.

    • Analyze the relationship between reflection and continuous improvement.
    • Evaluate current models of professional development utilized in local schools.

    Teaching Students

    • Contrast the learning environments of local schools.
    • Describe the process for selecting instructional methods.
    • Contrast teaching students in a collaborative learning environment versus a traditional classroom environment.

    • Determine the role brain research has on instruction.

    Exploration of Active Learning Environments

    • Analyze the key components of a classroom that promotes and facilitates an environment of active and collaborative learning.

    • Describe the characteristics of various learning environments.
    • Assess the effect that teacher individuality has on instructional practice.
    • Reflect on how your own life experiences, biases, and strengths influence your teaching style.

    Knowing and Understanding Learners

    • Analyze the importance that knowing the backgrounds, experiences, and interests of students has on instructional practice and classroom management.

    • Identify strategies that can be used to obtain different types of learner information.
    • Evaluate the importance that parental involvement in the classroom and at home has on teaching and learning..

    Advocating for all Students

    • Compare collaborative and traditional learning environments
    • Identify strategies that will assist educators in meeting the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of all learners.
    • Evaluate the importance that knowing your own strengths and weaknesses has on creating a learning environment.

    • Determine ways to locate community resources available in the community in which you teach.
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