NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Reaching Diverse Learners

EDUC 600




Instructor: Ellen Paxton

Grading: Letter or S/U

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - Friday, May 15, 2015

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $150

Course Description:

Diversity is becoming a very real issue in our classrooms today. We have an increasing number of students requiring various learning styles, coming from different cultural backgrounds, and demonstrating ever-maturing attitudes. Reaching Diverse Learners is an integrated course that is brimming with ideas and strategies to help educators maximize abilities and cater to the individual needs of every student.

SECTION A, Teaching English Language Learners prepares you for the multicultural classroom. It helps educators to understand the influence culture has on the learning of a child by enhancing knowledge of the process of second language acquisition, introducing instructional strategies to promote effective interaction between ELL students and their classmates and approaches for adapting and modifying material to suit the learning needs of the ELL’s.

SECTION B, Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies, suggests how expected behaviors within a classroom should be taught through consistent responses and positive reinforcement. It is full of practical ideas and techniques that will help you as an educator learn to manage your classroom more effectively.

The integrated course Reaching Diverse Learners provides educators with concrete ideas and strategies to reach and teach every student in the diverse classroom.

Objectives & Outcomes:

As a result of successful participation in SECTION A, students should be able to:

  • Understand who ELL’s are.
  • Create a welcoming environment for new ELLs.
  • Communicate effectively with ELLs.
  • Effectively interact with parents of ELLs.
  • Understand cultural differences in communication and social interactions.
  • Understand cultural differences in other practical school related activities and issues including conferences, classroom behavior, homework and attendance.
  • Teach Language effectively to ELLs.
  • Assess comprehension and language proficiency in ELLs.
  • Understand and practice the concepts of Sheltered instruction.
  • Help ELLs learn in the classroom with a variety of new strategies that will enable them to gain knowledge as well as grow in language skills.
  • Differentiate curriculum to help ELLs learn effectively.
  • Implement the Language Experience Approach.
  • Develop reading and writing skills in ELLs using a variety of specialized approaches and strategies.
  • Apply a top-down approach to reading and phonics while working with ELLs.

As a result of successful participation in SECTION B, students should be able to:

  • Understand the causes and drivers of behavior.
  • Assess behavior and identify its cause.
  • Create classroom routines, schedules and rules to facilitate positive behavior.
  • Adapt one’s own pace and communication to facilitate positive behavior.
  • De-escalate situations where a student is angry or agitated.
  • Respond to defiance in the classroom positively.
  • Enable hyperactive students to learn effectively in the classroom.
  • Enable students with attention deficits to learn effectively in the classroom.
  • Understand the concepts of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and apply them to motivate students in the classroom.

About The Instructor

Ellen Paxton
Ellen Paxton

Ellen Paxton earned an M.Ed. In Workforce, Career, & Technical Education from the University of Minnesota. Her B.S. in Education is awarded from Drake University. Ellen is a National Board Certified Teacher. She has over 24 years of experience in teaching while serving in educational leadership positions as department chair, school administrator, and school board member. Ellen has also taught classroom teachers and adjunct faculty how to build and teach online classes that gave new academic opportunities to thousands of students. She currently instructs continuing education, professional development, and graduate courses to K-12 teachers in over 40 states.

Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU professional development credit and materials will be accessible online.

Classes are self-paced and must be completed within 4 weeks from registration date.

**Registration Instructions:

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.

Registrations for this class will be taken until May 15, 2015.

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