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Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities - Sharon, MA

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Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources
Tue, 01/28/2020

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Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources

Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners, including extensive discipline-specific vocabulary, difficult informational texts--including complex primary sources, and a need for background knowledge. Yet the authentic sources, important ideas and connections to issues of these subjects also offer virtual tools for differentiation and potent means to motivate students.

Participants will:

  • Gain and apply practical classroom strategies.
  • Integrate History of Disability through issues of private and government responsibility to provide services, eugenics, and struggles for empowerment.
  • Create/adapt lessons: Universal Design for Learning achieved through authentic questions, engaging topics, and inquiry applied to primary sources. 


Please note: This is a graduate-level course. Sample syllabus from previous course linked here. All participants will be required to prepare for the start of the training by completing several short readings and a writing assignment to share in the TPS Teachers Network. More about this assignment will be emailed after registration is complete.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers in Social Studies or Humanities; Grades 4-12.

Invite a partner! We encourage - but do not require - participation of teams, such as a Special Education teacher and a History/American Literature teacher, members of a department, or interdisciplinary teams.


22.5 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these two days of training, in addition to outside reading and assignments (as per DESE regulations). 

Participants may choose instead to take this course for 1 graduate credit in partnership with Westfield State University. Graduate Credit from Westfield State University costs $125. Registration for Graduate Credit takes place in the first class, with payment accepted by credit card or check.

Dates and Locations

  • Face to Face, Sharon*: January 28 and April 9, 2020, 8:30am - 3:30pm, Sharon High School (Register by Jan 21)
  • Face-to-Face, Northampton: March 3 and 31, 2020, 8:30am - 3:30pm, Collaborative for Educational Services (Register by Feb 25)
  • Fully Online: Course runs July 6 through July 31, 2020. (Webinar, July 8, 7-8pm) (link to syllabus for previous online course section) (Register by June 26)

Cost: $72.50. Lunch will be provided during face-to-face sessions.

Training cost is reduced thanks to support from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program.

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