Inclusive Education

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Inclusive Education

Professional Development for In-Service Teachers and Education Assistants

Are you looking for strategies to meet the diverse learning needs of your students?  Would you like to gain a deeper understanding of how to help the English Language Learners and other exceptional students in your classrooms succeed?  Join our interactive seminars and courses to learn about the most effective research-based teaching methods and materials to support K-12 students.  Subject streams in this series include:

  • Teaching Complex Learners
  • Working with English Language Learners
  • Supporting Diverse Learners in the Classroom

Join us to explore the latest research, link theory to practice and help your students succeed. 
 

  • Support for K-12 in-service teachers and assistants in meeting the needs of ELL’s, complex and other learners in the inclusive classroom

  • Exploration of effective strategies and best practices for working with students across the spectrum of diversity

  • Development of competencies in the effective assessment and adaptation of materials

  • Integration of the experience and knowledge of in-service teachers and education assistants in course discussions, projects and assignments

Seminar courses

  • 6 seminars on 6 Saturdays or intensive 4 day delivery

Application courses

  • Blended or fully online delivery

  • Can potentially be used to earn university credit once all necessary provincial approvals are granted

Textbooks

There are required or recommended textbooks for some courses.  These are listed following each course description and are available for purchase at the Bookstore.

 

Course Materials

Additional mandatory course materials are available online via Blackboard. Students are advised to bring an electronic device to face to face classes in order to access reading materials and participate in course activities. 

   ELL Professional Development Course Schedule
Courses Winter '18
Summer '18
Fall '18
Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners    
Application of Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners    
Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in K-6    
Application of Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in K-6    

Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in Grades 7-12    
Instructional Design for the Inclusive Classroom    

*Mount Royal University reserves the right to make changes to this schedule as circumstances require.
Fall schedule and registration details available in June. Winter schedule and registration available in November.  Spring/Summer schedule and registration available in March.

Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in Grades 7-12

This course provides in-service grade 7-12 teachers and education assistants with the theories and practical applications pertinent to the needs of ELLs. Content-based English Language Teaching focuses not only on acquiring an additional language, but developing academic language as a medium to learn core academic subjects such as mathematics, science, social studies, or English language arts.

Important Note: Please bring an electronic device to class in order to access reading materials and participate in course activities using Google Docs and Blackboard.

A general outline for this course is available here.

Subject Code: XEDU 20007 24 Hours Fee: $350    
 CRN 30981
6 seminars Jan.27 - Mar.10 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat.

Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners

This course provides in-service K-12 teachers and teaching assistants with best practices in methods for working with ELLs in mainstream classrooms. Participants will become familiar with the theoretical underpinnings of various techniques for working with ELLs and the materials and resources to support these methods.

A general outline for this course is available here.

Next offered in Summer 2018

Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in K-6

This course provides an overview of literacy concepts and practices that promote the development of oral language and vocabulary, reading fluency and comprehension, and practical writing skills in ELLs.  It is intended for teachers and assistants in K-6 who have foundational knowledge of ESL theory and methods.

A general outline for this course is available here.

Next offered in Fall 2018

Application of Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners

This course provides in-service K-12 teachers and teaching assistants with best practices in methods for working with ELLs in mainstream classrooms. Participants will become familiar with the theoretical underpinnings of various techniques for working with ELLs and the materials and resources to support these methods.

Next offered in Fall 2018

Application of Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in K-6

This course provides in-service K-6 teachers and teaching assistants with an opportunity to apply concepts and methods explored in XEDU 20002 by engaging in additional readings and tasks that deepen knowledge of ways of developing literacy. Graded assignments and assessments will also be employed to reinforce knowledge and explore practical applications.

Next offered in Summer 2018

Instructional Design for the Inclusive Classroom

This course focuses on the practical application of instructional design principles to support all learners. Topics include Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Response to Intervention (RTI), and Differentiated Instruction (DI) approaches with specific application to Backwards by Design and Inquiry models of planning. The purpose of this course is to support teachers in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding to effectively plan for the diversity of learners in classrooms today.

Next offered in Summer 2018

Application of Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in Grades 7 - 12

This course provides in-service Grade 7-12 teachers and teaching assistants with an opportunity to apply concepts and methods explored in the Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in Grades 7-12 seminar series by engaging in additional readings and tasks that deepen knowledge of ways of developing English academic language. Graded assignments and assessments will also be employed to reinforce knowledge and explore practical applications.

Best Practices in Teaching Complex Learners

This course examines characteristics of students exhibiting a range of mild, moderate, and severe disabilities and students exhibiting exceptional gifts and talents. Diverse educational, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds will be discussed. The course also examines methods that can be used in adapting classroom instruction and management of the diverse needs

Instructional Design for the Inclusive Classroom

This course focuses on the practical application of instructional design principles to support all learners. Topics include Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Response to Intervention (RTI), and Differentiated Instruction (DI) approaches with specific application to Backwards by Design and Inquiry models of planning. The purpose of this course is to support teachers in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding to effectively plan for the diversity of learners in classrooms today.

Additional Courses in Development

Mental Health, Trauma, and Behaviour

This course provides an understanding of the many issues that affect the mental health of children and adolescents including knowledge of the major mental disorders, factors contributing to these disorders, and implications for teaching and learning. The course also looks at the environments that optimize mental health and resiliency.

Technology in the Inclusive Classroom

This course explores a variety of current technologies available to support teaching and learning in inclusive classrooms and complex learning settings. The course will explore hardware and software that support students to access, participate, and excel within their learning environment.

Assessment and the Inclusive Classroom

This course takes a psychological approach to the assessment of special needs, providing learners with key understandings of testing, coding, and the effects of these activities on the student's learning plan.

Our Instructors are MRU faculty members with extensive experience delivering professional development to in-service teachers.

Carol Berndt, BEd, MEd

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Carol Berndt, B.Ed. (Secondary English), M.Ed. (Educational Policy and Administration), has been a teacher in
the K-12 and adult education systems and served as second languages curriculum leader, area and system ELL Specialist, and System Administrator of ELL for the Calgary Board of Education. She has been a Sessional Instructor in the Graduate Division of Educational Research at the University of Calgary, and in the Department of Education at Mount Royal University. She has served as researcher, consultant, presenter, and materials developer in the field of English Language Learning (ESL) for Alberta Education, the ATA, regional consortia, publishers, and public and independent school jurisdictions. Recent work includes the creation of a website to support teachers working with refugee learners, a research project for Alberta Education about best practices for supporting the engagement of parents who have limited English/French proficiency, and the development of an online English Language Program for international students.
Joy Chadwick, BEd, MEd, Ph.D 

Joy Chadwick holds a PhD in Curriculum Teaching and Learning from The University of Calgary, an MEd in CurrEDUC Faculty Pic_Chadwickiculum and Instruction from the University of Regina, and a BEd with a specialization in Special Education and Elementary Education from the University of Regina. Joy began her teaching career with the Regina Catholic School Division. Working in a variety of special and regular education settings, her teaching experience focused on the effective inclusion of students with exceptional needs across grades and curricular areas. In her 26 year career with the Calgary Board of Education, Joy continued to pursue this passion by supporting teachers in the personalization of learning experiences for students as a teacher, resource teacher, curriculum leader, system specialist, coordinator, assistant principal, and principal. Joy’s research interests focus on students with exceptionalities and the exploration of the pedagogical understandings that support effective learning environments for all students.
 
Brent Macdonald, BA, B.Ed, MA, Ph.D

Brent Macdonald is a registered psychologist who has been teaching at MRU since 1997. He has primarily taught Introductory Psychology, along with Abnormal Psychology and Lifespan Development. He is an independent practitioner with interests in psychological assessment and intervention, educational and school psychology, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and social-emotional factors related to effective learning at the elementary, junior high, senior high, and post-secondary levels.
Sharon Seward, BA, BEd, MPA
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Sharon Seward has extensive experience teaching students from K-12, and as an ESL (English as a Second Language) specialist teacher. She has worked for the past 8 years as a district level, ELL (English Language Learning) specialist where she works to build capacity with district staff, classroom teachers and administrators in using culturally responsive, researched based strategies for teaching and supporting ELL students in the inclusive classroom. She has facilitated professional development sessions at provincial conferences, for pre-service teachers and throughout the school district on various topics in the field of English language learning. Sharon also collaborates with community organizations and educational leaders from school districts across Alberta on educational issues facing English language learners. 
PattiTrusslerPhoto Patti Trussler, BA, BEd, MPA

Patti Trussler has worked for over 25 years in the English language learning field, both in Alberta and Ontario. This includes a diverse range of teacher training as well as teaching experiences. During the past 9 years, she has held a leadership position within the Calgary Board of Education, supporting both ELL teachers as well as those in other curricular areas, including pre-service student teachers. She has assisted with curriculum development, assessment and reporting strategies as well as adaptation and accommodations for ELLs in a variety of academic environments. She is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Calgary, with a specialization in language and literacy, focusing on the language and social needs of refugee youth.


  
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Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB  T3E 6K6

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