Collaborative Practices for Inclusive Classrooms

Danielson Components:
1a : Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy
1b : Demonstrating Knowledge of Students

Course Summary:
An inclusive classroom welcomes students of all ability levels. There may be students with learning disabilities, students who are gifted and/or talented, students who work at grade level, and students who work below grade level in one class. How does a teacher not only provide instruction for such a wide variety of abilities, but also assess student growth and progress? This online learning environment explores how inclusion interventions, grounded on principles like establishing prior knowledge, differentiated instruction, universal design for learning, multiple intelligences, multi-sensory approaches, peer mentoring, self-determination, and cooperative learning organize an inclusive general education classroom.

Assignments include readings, discussion posts, reactionary papers, online research, and the completion of an inclusion portfolio.  Feedback will be ongoing throughout the term by completing inclusion checklists, lesson note templates, and inclusion improvement plans.  Each block builds the components of the Inclusion Portfolio project, which contains the following elements:

a.     The knowledge of disabilities and appropriate interventions
b.     IEP components and CCSS connections
c.     Differentiation that is required for staff and students
d.     Staff roles and professional responsibilities
e.     Application of inclusion principles, norms, expectations, and collaborative strategies and resources for staff, students, families

What You Need To Know

  1. This course will provide you with 3 P-Credits through NYC DOE’s After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP).
  2. P-Credit courses can be applied to the BA+30, BA+60, and MA+30 differentials and NYS PD requirements.
  3. Spring 2017 registrations run from January 3rd, 2017 to April 17th, 2017.
  4. Spring 2017 semester starts on February 13th, 2017 and ends on June 23rd, 2017.

Don’t forget to register with NYC DOE's After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) in order to earn P-Credits. Failure to register with NYC DOE before the registration deadline will disqualify participants from earning P-Credits.

*Please keep in mind there is a non-refundable, non-transferrable policy for credit fees paid to NYC DOE. Because of this, we ask that you complete your course(s) on time. If you want more information regarding credit fees please email ASPDP at