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September

PDA Course: Differentiating Math Instruction

This course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge about how to apply the guidelines of differentiated instruction to mathematics instruction. Emphasis is on evidence-based practices structured by a responsive decision-making framework for all students to achieve at the highest possible level. Content includes how to use pre-assessment, continuous assessment, and summative assessments to design and deliver effective lessons for initial instruction in mathematics and how to effectively use flexible small group instruction to respond to individual learner needs.

  • Course Dates: September 22 through December 8, 2021
  • Inservice Points: 30 SWD Points
  • Instructor: Lisa Shin
  • Meetings: There will be three required virtual meetings during the course, with the first meeting on September 22, 2021.
  • Deadline to Register: September 15, 2021
  • Registration: See the Professional Development page under the PDA Facilitated Courses tab

Book Study: Hacking School Culture

  • Course Dates: September 27 through December 6, 2021
  • Flyer: Hacking School Culture Book Study
  • Inservice Points: 20 inservice points upon completion of all required components with an average of 80% or above
  • Facilitator: Luci Johnston
  • Description: If you could teach all kids empathy, tolerance, and compassion, wouldn't teaching all things be easier? Bullying prevention and character-building programs are deepening our awareness of how today's kids struggle and how we might help, but many agree: they aren't enough to create school cultures where students and staff flourish. This book is packed with protocols that inspire strengths-focused teaching and learning, tools for starting hard conversations, coaching critical questioning, and sustaining respectful communication.
  • Materials: Books will be delivered to participants at their school/setting the week before the course starts. We will be using Google Classroom to facilitate the videos and participant discussions throughout the course.
  • Deadline to Register: September 13, 2021 (Highlands employees MUST register in their PLM Portal)

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October

PDA Course: Exploring Structured Literacy

This course will allow K-6 educators to develop, increase, and demonstrate knowledge of explicit, systematic, sequential, and multi-sensory approaches to reading instruction as outlined in the 40-hour in-service requirement identified in Florida Statute s. 1012.585(3) F.S.  In order for educators to effectively meet the needs of students with persistent reading difficulties and disabilities, including dyslexia, emphasis of this professional learning opportunity is focused on reading instruction that builds a strong, cumulative, and logical foundation of phonology, sound-symbol associations, syllables, morphology, semantics, and syntax.

  • Course Dates: October 5 through December 14, 2021
  • Inservice Points: 40 SWD Points. This course also meets the 40 inservice hours for the reading instruction certification requirement established in Rule 6A-4.0051, F.A.C., Renewal and Reinstatement of a Professional Certificate.
  • Instructors: Amanda Beeler and Summer Sorrells
  • Meetings: There will be three required virtual meetings during the course, with the first meeting on October 5, 2021.
  • Deadline to Register: September 28, 2021
  • Registration: See the Professional Development page under the PDA Facilitated Courses tab

PDA Course: Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

This course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge about proactively providing a universally designed and differentiated environment in order to maximize student achievement for all students. Emphasis is on the importance of having clarity about the learning targets and proactively adjusting instruction utilizing a data-based decision-making process that considers students’ readiness for the content, interests, and learning preferences. Content and activities emphasize how to proactively provide important, engaging, and appropriately challenging work via flexible grouping methods and utilizing a variety of instructional strategies and supports.

  • Course Dates: October 12 through December 14, 2021
  • Inservice Points: 20 SWD Points
  • Instructor: Sonja Bennett and Lisa Shin
  • Meetings: There will be three required virtual meetings during the course, with the first meeting on October 12, 2021.
  • Deadline to Register: October 5, 2021
  • Registration: See the Professional Development page under the PDA Facilitated Courses tab

January

Gifted Endorsement Course: Special Populations of Gifted Students

Education of Special Populations of Gifted Students provides an overview of the challenges and issues that face diverse populations of gifted students as they struggle to gain acceptance, recognition, and access to appropriate gifted education to meet their individual needs. It incorporates central issues in multicultural education that examine questions of equity and excellence; prejudice and stereotyping of special populations; and lack of awareness, understanding, and recognition manifested in discriminatory practices on the national, state, and local levels. It examines policies and procedures to screen, identify, and provide appropriate modifications to curriculum for these diverse gifted students. The module provides an overview of the types of diverse perspectives and their impact on the development of gifted abilities, such as ethnic heritage and culture, minority status, language, diverse physical and mental abilities, gender and age, socioeconomic status and poverty, and diverse family structures.

  • Course Dates: January 11 through March 22, 2022 (10 weeks)
  • Inservice Points: 60 Points
  • Instructors: Gina Sandusky-Nelson
  • Meetings: The first virtual meeting will be January 11, 2022. Participants will receive instructions the week prior.
  • Deadline to Register: January 4, 2022
  • Registration: See the Professional Development page under the Gifted Endorsement Courses tab

April

Gifted Endorsement Course: Nature and Needs of Students Who Are Gifted

Nature and Needs of Students Who Are Gifted provides an overview of the evolution of gifted education on the national, state, and local level. Major events affecting gifted education are described as well as major policies and procedures governing the delivery of gifted education. Cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics common to individuals who are gifted are identified along with strategies that can be used to meet the academic needs of different categories of students who are gifted.

  • Course Dates: April 5 through June 14, 2022 (10 weeks)
  • Inservice Points: 60 Points
  • Instructors: Gina Sandusky-Nelson
  • Meetings: The first virtual meeting will be April 5, 2022. Participants will receive instructions the week prior.
  • Deadline to Register: March 29, 2022
  • Registration: See the Professional Development page under the Gifted Endorsement Courses tab