Courses Offering TEA Credit

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Diagnostic & Instructional Implications of African American English in the Classroom

This course presents an outline of the history and perceptions of African American English dialect and explores key features of the dialect.  Strategies to promote more accurate assessment are reviewed.  Instructional and testing implications are discussed.

Upon course completion, participants will be able to: identify prominent features of African American English dialect across five domains of language; identify ways that varied sociocultural practices affect student academic performance; promote awareness and understanding of dialectal difference among educational stakeholders; outline ways in which dialectal difference affects educational equity.    

Ideal for:  Special Educators, General Educators, Related Service Providers

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An Overview of Language Development

From a teacher’s lecture to a student’s demonstration of knowledge, language is the basis for every single event that takes place within the educational setting.  Unfortunately, many educators do not have a grasp of the nuances of language and the ways in which varied ability to use language impacts student outcomes.  This course will examine language development and use.  It will explore language varieties (i.e., different dialects and languages) and will support teachers in making more effective and accurate speech and language referrals.    

Upon course completion, participants will be able to: list and offer examples of the five domains of language; differentiate between speech and language; identify developmental milestones for monolingual and bilingual learners; recognize cross-linguistic influence; identify strategies to facilitate language development; and identify the link between language and literacy.  

Ideal for:  Special Educators, General Educators

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Equity in Education

Fair and inclusive education is of the utmost importance to our diverse democracy. The history of the United States illustrates that minoritized groups have had varying degrees of access to education.  Equity in education directly impacts the future of our nation.  As we begin to promote equity in education, we are consciously promoting better professional opportunities for all students including those from historically marginalized groups.  This course is designed to explore the historical events that have affected equity in education.  The course will also support contemporary educators in fostering more equitable practices in the classroom.  

Upon course completion, participants will be able to:  identify issues that detract from equitable access to learning; examine historical trends in denial of access to education for marginalized groups; identify factors that lead to differential educational outcomes for groups in contemporary schools; differentiate between the Opportunity Gap and the Achievement Gap; and equip students to support equitable practices. 

Ideal for: Administrators, Special Educators, General Educators, Related Service Providers

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Disproportionality in Special Education & Discipline

The overrepresentation of minoritized students in special education and the disproportionate degree to which they receive disciplinary action have been the subject of recent educational research.  Disproportionality not only contributes to deficit theories and the notion of a Black-White Achievement Gap, but also eclipses the educational future of many students, particularly those who are misidentified as needed remedial or punitive recourse.  This trend of disproportionality underscores the challenges that schools face in meeting the needs of minoritized youth in the general education setting.  This course is designed to explore factors contributing to disproportionality and examines solutions to mitigate overidentification of minoritized youth for remedial and punitive programs. 

Upon course completion, participants will be able to: identify factors that contribute to overidentification of students from historically marginalized populations; identify ways to improve diagnostic accuracy; facilitate students’ use of strategies to support their educational performance; implement strategies to offset the need for remedial or punitive recourse.

Ideal for:  Administrators, Special Educators, General Educators, Related Service providers

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Cultural Humility in Schools

We live in an increasingly diverse society and the need for cultural humility cannot be overstated.  The focus of this course is to support understanding and communication across cultures in a variety of contexts.  By facilitating effective interactions between people with differing worldviews and beliefs, we foster healthier learning and working environments which, in turn, boosts productivity. 

Upon course completion, participants will be able to: examine their personal worldview and how it impacts their choices and actions; explore differing worldviews and cultural practices; recognize ways to demonstrate tolerance of others; identify the importance of mutual respect. 

Ideal for:  Administrators, Special Educators, General Educators, Related Service Providers, Professionals/Employees