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K-12 Professionals

Supporting Struggling Students with Rigorous Instruction

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $145

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

Presenter Robyn R. Jackson's course teaches educators specific strategies for supporting struggling students without lowering standards. Beginning with an explanation of why students typically struggle in school, the course explores acceleration strategies designed to actually prevent problems with progressive intervention strategies that directly address common issues and how to quickly get students back on track plus remediation techniques to target specific areas and prepare students for summative assessments.  The course covers four stages of rigorous learning: acquisition, application, assimilation, and adaptation. Teachers will learn how to support students through each stage, learn specific instructional and support strategies for increasing students' capacity to engage in rigorous learning experiences, explore ways to increase the rigor of their own courses, and assessment strategies that extend students' rigorous learning throughout the unit.  Finally, participants will develop a proactive intervention plan that supports students' rigorous learning before the lesson, during learning, and through the summative assessment.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • How to identify material students are struggling with and how to apply a variety of intervention strategies to help them.
  • The difference between rigorous and un-rigorous instruction and assessment strategies.
  • How to apply rigorous instruction and assessment strategies to their lessons and units.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will apply the following skills:

  • Anticipate students’ struggles and develop proactive plans to preclude those struggles.
  • Identify struggling students and apply a variety of intervention and remediation strategies to help them.
  • Employ rigorous instruction and assessment strategies through all stages: acquisition, application, assimilation, and adaptation.

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $199.00.

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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