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On-site classes   Week 1: June 22 to 25, 2015

St. Pius X Regional School, Bowie, MD


  • Teaching the Gifted


  • Best Practices in Mathematics Instruction Grades 3 to 8     Syllabus    Textbook

    • This course will examine best practices for planning and delivering mathematics instruction.  Instruction will focus on using formative assessments to inform instruction, developing family partnerships, and differentiating instruction for all learners. Mathematics topics will focus on algebraic thinking, diagnosing math misconceptions and errors, measurement, data, and probability. Participants will be engaged in hands-on activities, problem solving, authentic tasks, and active learning activities that exemplify best practices.  Participants will be responsible for a small group presentation on a portion of the text, planning a family involvement project and presenting on the project, and implementing and reflecting on a formative assessment.


  • Materials for Reading Instruction    Syllabus        Textbook

    • This course is designed to assist teachers in selecting and evaluating materials for teaching reading and related skills that are consistent with the findings of scientifically based reading research. Teachers should leave this course with an understanding of research-supported programs, approaches, and methods, so that they can address different levels of reading proficiency within the classroom and enable students to become strategic, fluent, and independent readers. Participants will use a variety of texts and other materials to promote student independent reading. Participants will be prepared to involve parents and members of the school and surrounding community to promote daily reading inside and outside of school.


  • The Fundamentals of Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder   Syllabus  no textbook

    • An overview of autism spectrum disorders for teachers. We will examine the characteristics of individuals who have been identified as having autism. Participants will explore current issues and best practices in providing educational services that meet the unique characteristics and need of students with autism. The first half of this course will focus on definition, diagnosis, causes, intervention and program planning. The second half of this course will examine specific intervention strategies (involving ABA, TEACCH Model, and Self- Regulation).


  • Positive Classroom Management  


  • Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Part 2)   Syllabus  no textbook

    • This course will focus on strategies and methodologies to improve and enhance reading comprehension in the content areas for middle and high school students. Participants will use evidence-based practices that integrate reading skills, writing techniques, and literature models into their content areas. Participants will learn strategies to support digital literacy, the English language learners, and the reluctant readers as those students develop their academic vocabulary, self-questioning techniques, content specific reading strategies, and overall confidence to become a life long learner.


  • Differentiated Instruction: Addressing the Needs of All Learners 

    • Participants will build both a conceptual and a practical understanding differentiated instruction (DI). Characteristics and key elements of differentiated instruction will be explored as well as beliefs that guide the DI model. Participants will analyze how differentiated classrooms differ from traditional classrooms as well as engage in various learning activities through which they will learn about teaching strategies designed so that students of different abilities, interest or learning needs will have equal access to the curriculum.  Specifically, participants will examine how to differentiating instruction by varying content, process, and product through strategies such as tiering, compacting, and choice among others.  Challenges to adopting DI will also be discussed.


Summer Institute 2015 Classes


On-site classes   Week 2: June 29 to July 2, 2015

Bais Yaakov School for Girls, Baltimore, MD


  • Successful Classroom Management for the Early Childhood Classroom


  • Methods of Reading Instruction


St. John Regional Catholic School, Frederick, MD

  • Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Part 1)


  • Educating Children with Mild to Moderate Disabilities in the Traditional Classroom


Ss. Peter and Paul Elementary School, Easton, MD

  • The Fundamentals of Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder




Online Session 1: June 22 to July 2, 2015
  • Methods of Reading Instruction


  • Processes and Acquisition of Reading


  • Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Part 1)


  • The iPad Ready Classroom: Keys (and Apps) to Untethered Learning


  • Using Student Assessment Choice to Motivate Student Learning


  • Utilizing Today’s Technology in the 21st Century Classroom


  • Google Apps in Education


  • Differentiation in the Math Classroom (K-3)


Online Session 2: June 29 to July 9, 2015
  • Materials for Reading Instruction


  • Assessments for Reading Instruction


  • Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Part 2)


  • Using Technology in the Teaching of Reading and Math


  • iPad Integration and Professional Learning Networks...All the Tricks of the Trade


  • The Use of Technology in the STEM Course


  • Differentiation in the Math Classroom (6-12)