In addition to providing tutorial services and intervention services for students struggling in the general curriculum, the Center for Learning is pleased to offer a number of professional development opportunities for Maclay Faculty members throughout the year. Our goal is to help our faculty feel confident and empowered with information and instructional approaches so that may better meet the needs of all learners at Maclay.
Professional Development Offerings for 2018-2019
What is the Center for Learning, What are its Functions, Who Does it Serve, and How Can it Help Me?
This professional development session will provide an introduction to the Center for Learning, its activities, and its ability to support faculty in their work with students. This session will outline the different services and different levels of service that we provide.
(1 hour) All Grades
Student Accommodations at Maclay: What are They, What do they Mean, and How Do I Provide Them?
This professional development opportunity will review all of the currently-offered accommodations at Maclay to students with disabilities and will provide guidance about how faculty members can provide these accommodations in an efficient and equitable manner. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback about Maclay’s accommodations.
(2-4 hours) Grades 1-12
Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators: Subscriber Level Course
If you want to learn about the instructional approach used in the Center for Learning, this self-paced 10-hour course is for you! This is intended for teachers with students who experience difficulty learning to read and write due to dyslexia. Dyslexia accounts for 80% of all of the students who require ESE services under the category Specific Learning Disabled. It is estimated that up to 15% of the population experiences symptoms of dyslexia.
This course provides an introduction to the Orton-Gillingham Approach. It also serves as a stepping-stone for those interested in pursuing further study and becoming a certified practitioner and educator. At the conclusion of this 10-hour course, participants are eligible for membership in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) as a Subscriber member.
Contact the Director of Center for Learning to enroll. There is a fee for this course, but the CFL will pay for you to attend.
Basic Structured Literacy: Nuts and Bolts of Explicit, Multisensory Reading Instruction
These sessions are ongoing and provide an introduction to how to work with struggling or disabled readers in decoding, accurate word recognition, and fluency. Topics covered are English phonology/orthography, syllable types, syllable division patterns, and common spelling rules. Specific multisensory strategies will be practiced for implementation in the classroom. This workshop is interactive and will require participants to practice teaching lessons in front of the group.
(1 hour weekly, August-May) Grades K-3
Advanced Structured Literacy: Explicit, Multisensory Instruction for Upper Elementary and the Middle Grades
These sessions are ongoing and provide an introduction on how to assist students in grades 4-8 with decoding, accurate word recognition, and fluency. This class briefly reviews English phonology and orthography, syllable types, syllable division patterns, and common spelling rules. It introduces English morphology, a brief history of the English language, etymology, and English syntax. Comprehension strategies will also be introduced. Specific multisensory strategies will be practiced for implementation in the classroom. This workshop is interactive and will require participants to practice teaching lessons in front of the group. (1 hour weekly, August-May) Grades 4-12 Basic Structured Literacy is recommended as a prerequisite but is not required.
Using Manipulatives to Support Students in Arithmetic
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to how to use manipulatives in their mathematics instruction and how to effectively incorporate these into a structured, systematic, and cumulative approach that supports the needs of different learners. Participants will practice using manipulatives for place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals. Participants will learn about the “Build-Draw-Write” approach for scaffolding with learners who have difficulty with abstract concepts. Specific multisensory strategies will be practiced for implementation in the classroom. This workshop is interactive and will require participants to practice teaching lessons in front of the group.
(4 hours) Grades 1-7
ADHD: What is it, and How Do I Help?
This is an introduction to the most commonly diagnosed disability for students on Maclay’s campus. Participants will learn about the three subtypes of ADHD, signs, and symptoms of ADHD, common difficulties for individuals with ADHD in the academic setting, and specific strategies to assist students who struggle with ADHD. We will also discuss how to effectively differentiate to meet the needs of these students.
(2 hours) All Grades
Differentiation in the Classroom: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners from the Gifted to the Struggling
Differentiation is a big buzzword in the current educational landscape, but what does it really mean? Participants will be introduced to the basics of differentiation and will collaborate to compile strategies that they can use in their classrooms. We will discuss how to differentiate instruction, assessment, and behavioral supports in an equitable manner for different learners.
(1.5 hours monthly, August-May) Grades 1-3, Grades 4-7, Grades 8-12