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.
This exciting graduate course supports content instruction for Students with Disabilities in History-Social Studies and Humanities (including literature, art, music, and language); and for Special Education teachers.
Grounded in a decade of practice by history educators, historians, and experts in Special Education, and based on current research and innovative classroom practices this course features models of best practices and employs primary sources and analysis tools.
- Gain and apply practical classroom strategies.
- Integrate History of Disability through issues of Citizenship, private and government responsibility to provide services, and struggles for empowerment.
- Create/adapt lessons: Universal Design for Learning and brain-based language learning.
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.
Date and Location
This training is fully online and will take place from October 1, 2019 through November 11, 2019.
There are two scheduled online sessions participants are required to virtually attend (exceptions can be made for schedule conflicts):
- October 7, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- October 15, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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). Note that these PDPs will satisfy the ELL or Special Education-related requirement for recertification.
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.