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Instruction And Assessment For Diverse Learners

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This course focuses on the theoretical models that underlie teaching and learning. Teacher candidates analyze effective teaching strategies that encourage learners to develop a deeper understanding of content and to promote critical thinking. Candidates also explore assessment and its relationship to lesson planning.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

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

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    Goals and Objectives

    • Explain the role of standards in planning and instruction.
    • Differentiate between goals and objectives.
    • Create developmentally appropriate goals and objectives.
    • Examine the importance of understanding the cultural backgrounds, strengths, and needs of learners for developing appropriate learning goals.


    • Explain the role of assessment in data-driven decision making.
    • Differentiate between the purposes and types of formative and summative assessments.
    • Analyze strategies for using assessment data to inform instructional planning and differentiation of instruction.
    • Analyze the use of rubrics for evaluating student learning.

    Lesson Design

    • Describe the components of a lesson plan.
    • Compare and contrast approaches to lesson planning.
    • Investigate methods of collaboration with professional stakeholders to meet diverse learning needs.
    • Apply appropriate content standards and learning progressions to instructional design.
    • Design appropriate lessons that support diverse learners and desired outcomes.

    Instructional Strategies

    • Describe how key teacher behaviors contribute to effective teaching.
    • Compare direct and indirect instructional strategies that promote student learning.
    • Examine strategies to incorporate inquiry-based learning into curriculum development and instruction.
    • Apply methods of differentiated instruction to meet the learning styles of culturally and academically diverse students.

    Instructional Strategies, Continued

    • Identify questioning strategies that promote student reflection and critical thinking.
    • Determine strategies to promote student engagement and motivation.
    • Examine methods of enhancing student learning through remediation and extension activities.
    • Evaluate strategies for using digital and interactive technologies to enhance student learning.

    Evaluation and Reflection

    • Describe the importance of self-reflection in improving practice.
    • Analyze the use of assessments to improve instructional practices and student learning.
    • Describe the roles of professional learning communities and stakeholder collaboration to improve teaching and learning.
    • Develop a professional growth plan based on reflection and evaluative feedback.
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