NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Beyond the Box: Reaching Minorities and Kids at Risk

EDUC 600




Instructor: Mary Beth Wood

Grading: Letter

Monday, October 27, 2014 - Friday, December 05, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has called upon educators to think “outside the box” by accelerating reform in order to raise student achievement, particularly for minority students and students in poverty. Explore the theoretical base, new principles, and concepts underlying the “soft-side” and asset teaching models which will assist you to become a more effective teacher for these students in the 21st century.

Become familiar with novel active learning strategies and create plans to apply the strategies in your classroom.  Innovative assessment approaches will be researched, as well as how to build resiliency in students by using research-based and culturally appropriate practices in the classroom.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the educational needs of minority and students in poverty populations and apply that knowledge to the classroom.
  2. Possess a further understanding of varying assessment procedures in order to establish equity when creating classroom activities and lessons.
  3. Know, understand and have mastered new skills to enhance the classroom learning environment for specifically meeting the needs of minority and students in poverty populations while continuing to maintain equity in the classroom.
  4. Understand and apply active learning strategies to enhance understanding, student engagement and achievement in the classroom.
  5. Become a resource within their school in how to teach declarative and procedural knowledge. Be able to inform other educators of the research-based instructional strategies related to them.
  6. Apply effective research-based methods for teaching minority students and students of poverty, thereby narrowing the current achievement gaps.


Johnson, L. (2005). Teaching Outside the Box. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Tileston, D. W., & Darling, S K. (2009). Closing the Poverty & Culture Gap. Thousand Oaks, CA, Corwin Press.

About The Instructor

Mary Beth Wood
Mary Beth Wood

Mary Wood earned an M.S. in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, where she also earned her B.S. in Special Education. Mary is certified in Emotional Behavioral Disability (gr. 7-12) and in Cognitive Disability (gr. K-12). Mary has been a teacher in special education for over 40 years, also serving as the Special Education Department Chairperson. Mary also has experience as an adjunct faculty in higher education. In 2001 she received the Wisconsin State School Psychologists Award as Outstanding Teacher.

Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however textbooks are not included.

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You will be directed to the IGS website for registration.

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