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Evidence-based Instruction

Differentiated Instruction and Lesson Planning

This self-paced online course is targeted for teachers with adult education classrooms that contain students whose ages, native languages, educational backgrounds, and academic skills vary widely. The course walks participants through the steps of planning a differentiated lesson, including how to write effective learning objectives, choose among approaches to differentiation (content, process, product), and design assessments. Research shows that differentiated instruction is one of the most effective approaches for helping students learn.

Student-Centered Learning: Keys to Motivation and Persistence-Math (TEAL)

This facilitated online course provides an overview of student-centered learning as well as strategies for moving toward student-centeredness in adult classrooms. Student-centered learning is an instructional approach that focuses on student needs, allowing students to influence the content, activities, materials, and pace of learning according to their interests and needs. In student-centered instruction, the student is placed at the center of the teaching/learning dynamic so that information transmission is secondary to students’ needs, abilities, interests, and learning preferences.

Deeper Learning Through Questioning-Writing (TEAL)

Questioning is a powerful teaching approach. This facilitated online course focuses on both teacher questioning and student self-questioning. When writing teachers ask higher-order questions and give students opportunities to think critically and to develop deep explanations, learning is enhanced. Equally important as teacher questions are student self-questions. Self-questioning can guide learning and help students monitor their progress.

Universal Design for Learning: Addressing Barriers-Writing (TEAL)

This facilitated online course provides an overview of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and guidelines as well as suggestions for applying UDL principles to the adult education context. UDL is a set of principles for designing curriculum that provides all students, regardless of ability, disability, age, gender, or cultural and linguistic background, with equal opportunities to learn.

Strategy Instruction-Writing (TEAL)

Strategy instruction is a student-centered and research-based approach to teaching students how to learn. One of the most effective instructional approaches for adults with learning disabilities, strategy instruction centers on helping students acquire the tools and techniques that efficient learners use to understand and learn new material or skills, integrate this new information with what they already know, and recall the information or skill later, even in a different situation or place.

Principles of Learning for Instructional Design (TE)

This course examines principles and strategies addressed in the National Research Council’s Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Supporting Learning and Motivation. This course supports teachers' understanding of the key principles underlying instructional design that promote learning and strategies for applying those principles in their teaching. Participants will observe these principles in action in adult education classrooms. For those in an induction program, the course should be taken during the Learning step of the Teacher Induction Pathway.

Effective Lesson Planning-Math (TEAL)

In this facilitated online course, participants will learn techniques to make the most of planning time and maximize collaboration with peers. Planning is critical in identifying appropriate action steps to help one effectively reach a goal. Lesson plans help instructors set learning objectives, and they provide a road map by which instructors can organize content, materials, time, instructional strategies, and assistance in the classroom. They also represent a way to communicate to learners what they will learn and how they will be assessed.

Deeper Learning Through Questioning-Math (TEAL)

This facilitated online course focuses on both teacher questioning and student self-questioning, exploring questioning as a powerful teaching approach. When math teachers ask higher-order questions and give students opportunities to think critically and to develop deep explanations, learning is enhanced. Equally important as teacher questions are student self-questions. Self-questioning can guide learning and help students monitor their progress.

Universal Design for Learning: Addressing Barriers-Math (TEAL)

This facilitated online course provides an overview of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and guidelines as well as suggestions for applying UDL principles to the adult education context. UDL is a set of principles for designing curriculum that provides all students, regardless of ability, disability, age, gender, or cultural and linguistic background, with equal opportunities to learn.

Strategy Instruction-Math (TEAL)

Strategy instruction is a student-centered and research-based approach to teaching students how to learn. One of the most effective instructional approaches for adults with learning disabilities, strategy instruction centers on helping students acquire the tools and techniques that efficient learners use to understand and learn new material or skills, integrate this new information with what they already know, and recall the information or skill later, even in a different situation or place.

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