There are lots of exciting sessions featuring Special Learning Needs-related topics.
Wednesday, March 11th, 9:00-10:15 am
Differentiated Assessment: Student-Centered Options to Maximize Understanding and Success
Are you giving your students authentic opportunities to demonstrate what they know? Are you using real world and real work options to assess your students understanding? You’re differentiating instruction, but are you also differentiating your assessments? Experience some proven student-centered approaches, gather ideas to use next class period, and have some fun with your fellow educators!
Sarah Goldammer - Southern Illinois Professional Development Center
Math Musings: Adding Clarity to Selected Concepts in Pre-Algebra, Algebra & Algebra II
Would you like to learn simple, creative ways to help your students learn and remember math concepts from operations with fractions to factoring quadratic equations? This session will equip you with tips and shortcuts for these subjects as well as others including roots and exponents.
Michael Burgess - Shawnee Community College
Thursday, March 12th, 10:30-11:45 am
Do It (for) Yourself- teaching students how to own their accommodations and advocate for themselves
This session is designed to help adult educators teach their students how to be their own best advocate. Participants will also learn strategies for teaching students to accommodate themselves in the classroom and the workplace.
Ginger Harner - Shawnee Community College
Do you have problems developing lessons/units that interest your students? Project-based learning is an effective way to provide students with a voice in the classroom while still covering the College and Career Readiness Standards. Project-based learning is an instructional approach designed to give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through engaging projects. It's also a great way to meet multiple learning needs and styles. In this session, we will discuss what project-based learning looks like, advantages & challenges, and some examples of lessons.
Monica Waller - Lewis and Clark Community College
Thursday, March 12th, 1:45-3:00 pm
All in For a Willingness to Learn
Many of our students have roadblocks to developing a willingness to learn that frustrates instructors. This is an interactive presentation that will include discussions about best practices for encouraging these students. Participants will leave with a better understanding of principles leading to developing a willingness to learn.
Rick Marshall - Lewis and Clark Community College
Thursday, March 12th, 3:15-4:30 pm
Build Your Learners' Reading Confidence with Repeated Reading
Learn about repeated reading and how it can help your learners improve their confidence in and attitude toward reading. An original research study that shows how regular, purposeful repeated reading was used to help low-intermediate English learners improve their reading fluency will be presented, and participants will discuss ways to implement repeated reading in their own classes.
Jenny Siegfried, Shannon Wood - Waubonsee Community College
It's Never Too Soon
This session will teach participants to incorporate algebra and geometry into basic math instruction. Participants will learn how to introduce appropriate vocabulary while teaching basic arithmetic skills. This session also involves learning to relate math concepts to real life situations.
Marilyn Uehle - Shawnee Community College
Teaching and Learning: Brain Science And Cognitive Psychology To Overcome Academic Deficits and Promote Higher Order Thinking
Adult education students and continuing education adults return to school with varying levels of academic deficits, anxieties, and skeptical preconceived notions. In adult education, low and high intermediate levels have become a statistical ‘bottleneck’. This session will share facts and practical strategies that will enable Educators to equip their students with the cognitive abilities and critical thinking skills in order to become architects of their own learning and attain academic progress.
Henry Horace - Kennedy King College